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Book Review: On Philosophising, Philosophers, Philosophy and New Vistas in Applied Philosophy, by Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

A little bit of context before you begin reading this book review. I have recently enrolled for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Mumbai. Philosophy is something I have been getting interested in, over the past few years, as those of you who have been reading my blogs and Instagram posts would know. During the pandemic, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do next, and this is what I eventually came up with. It has been a challenge, getting back into academics as a student at this age, especially in a subject I have no academic background in. However, it has also been very exciting, especially thanks to my wonderful classmates (who, surprisingly, are of all age-groups, including some quite near my own) and my teachers, who have been very supportive and understanding. How well I will do is something that remains to be seen, but so far, I am enjoying this new journey and look forward to where it leads. Now that you know the background , you probably get an idea of how

Skywatch Friday - Lonar Crater Lake

For Skywatch Friday today is a place I havent been able to get out of my mind since I returned from my Diwali trip... the Lonar Crater....





This photo was taken from the banks of the crater lake... the reflection of the mountains surrounding it and the sky, in the green waters of the lake was just too beautiful for words... the temple in the middle just added to the beauty... Look out for more detailed posts on Lonar in the next few days!



Lonar crater

The crater at Lonar is the third largest crater in the world, formed when a meteorite fell on earth about 50,000 years ago.

Location: The crater is located on the outskirts of the village Lonar in the Buldana District of Maharashtra.
  • The nearest airport is at Aurangabad, 122 Km away.
  • The nearest railway station is Jalna, 90 Km away.
  • The nearest bus stand is at Lonar, which is well connected to Jalna as well as Aurangabad.

Where to stay: There are a few hotels and lodges in Lonar, but the best option is to stay at the MTDC resort which overlooks the crater. 







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  1. Beautiful capture! Happy sky watching.

    Moon

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  2. Nice capture.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  3. Never been there! Lovely capture Anu :)

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    1. YOu should go there, Arti! Its beautiful and so serene!

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  4. Hello: I discovered your blog when I was looking for information on Hampi. I loved ur posts on Hampi which I intend to visit soon. I have now started to follow ur other posts too. This one for Lonar Crater was eye opening. I had no idea we had a crater lake in India.

    Can you put more details about your journey to Lonar? For example, what activities are available and how many days were you able to spend there etc. I would greatly appreciate it.

    I have recently moved to Pune and hence have been looking to explore Maharashtra. Thanks for all your posts.

    Shekhar

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    1. Thanks so much, Shekhar! Hope you keep coming back and find more interesting things to read about and visit. About Lonar, a detailed post is coming up soon!

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  5. We also visited Lonar during a Diwali holiday. Guess you had a nice and quiet Diwali :)

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    1. Yes, Bindhu, we certainly did!!! and your blog was a great help.. been wanting to visit ever since i read about it there... and finally did! Yaaay!!

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  6. I have heard of this place from Vinni, but this picture completed the imagery.

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    1. Thanks Zephyr!! hope you like the pics which are yet to come too.. and its a beautiful place! the next time u are here, make some time for Lonar... get the L&M to get away for a while... and both of u will have a memorable trip :D

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  7. Lovely photo. I had no idea about the Crater Lake. Sometimes such amazing things of nature come that make us really spellbound. Wated to read the detailed post on the Lake

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  8. For a once-upon-a-time geologist, I have yet to visit Lonar. :-( Looking forward to reading all about Lonar in one of your forthcoming posts.

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