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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

Snapshots from Mumbai - Maharashtra Police Headquarters


 The Maharashtra Police Headquarters is a landmark at Colaba, for the road leading towards the Gateway of India. However, it wasn’t always known by this name.




This was once the Royal Alfred Sailor’s Home, built in the 1870s to accommodate 20 officers and 100 seamen. It was originally conceived in 1870 to commemorate the visit of Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, who laid the foundation, during his visit, at the end of Hornby row. However, the location was later changed, and when work finally began in 1872, the foundation stone was shifted here. Designed by the same architect responsible for such masterpieces as the VT station and the Municipal Corporation building, F.W.Stevens, the building took 4 years to build, and was opened in 1876.

The most arresting thing about the structure is the sculpture of Neptune on the pediment right at the top.



Neptune, the Roman God of the sea, is depicted surrounded by mythical creatures such as mer-people (male as well as female), and sea horses. He is seated on a shell, and is surrounded by waves of water. Flanking this panel are two stylised sea lions, fitting into the theme.

In the late 1930s, the building was acquired by the government and became the seat of the Bombay Legislative Council. Extensions were made to suit the increased usage, and the building remained the seat of the Legislative Council even post Independence, till a new building was constructed for the purpose in 1982. This one then was handed over to the Maharashtra Police Department, which has, since then, used it as its Headquarters.

If you are ever in Colaba, or visiting the Museum, stop a while to stare at the beautiful sculpture atop the building. You might not be allowed to get close, considering the security, but its size and location make it easily visible from across the road! 

For more information, check out the Maharashtra Police Website.

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  1. It is indeed very impressive otherwise a lot of police stations have such a run down look.

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    1. Well, Mridula, this is the Headquarters.. not many are lucky to be housed in heritage structures! but there are a few like these around.... will click some more soon!

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  2. Lovely shot of a wondeful building.

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  3. Aah this is what we see in all the Hindi Police flicks!

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  4. Fascinating! I really enjoyed reading your post - and what an impressive place :)

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  5. Wow, it took only 4 yrs to build way back in 1870's !
    srinivasan

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    1. Its actually quite a small structure.. which has been extended later... so its not really so surprising that they built it so fast back then...

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  6. I can't get close to the building? How can I lodge a complaint...?? hah

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    1. well, Neeraj, you can surely go in if you have a valid reason to do so.. its photography they may have problems with.

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  7. I have been inside the building once, Anu, about 20 years back. And it is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. And no, I wasn't allowed to photograph it.

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    1. aah.. now that must make for an interesting story!!!! would love to hear about it!! and i dont know what prejudice we have against photos

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