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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

Birds from my window - Oriental Magpie Robins

I know its 8:00 AM when I hear them sing. These are the Oriental Magpie Robins, the most musical among the birds I see from my window. These days, this pair seems to be busy courting, for the music is even more pronounced!




The one on the left is the male, clearly identified by its black head and throat. The one on the right is the female, her lighter, greyish, head and throat distinguishing her from her partner. You can see them more clearly here, as seen from another window! 


These birds are fairly common across India, and, at one time, were in great demand as cagebirds, due to their melodious voice. Thankfully, they seem to be plentiful these days, across the subcontinent. Here is a closer look at the female....


Incidentally, the Oriental Magpie Robin is the National Bird of Bangladesh! Not really relevant, except that I am reading a book on Bangladesh right now :) Here is the male again, using its vocal chords to full effect!  


On another note, this happens to be the first bird Samhith learnt to identify. To begin with, it was quite easy to spot! Second, we saw it wherever we went... and finally, its name sounded so exotic! Years have passed since then, and as today Samhith is sitting down and writing down a bird list (for a long delayed post on Dandeli), I can't help remember that his enthusiasm for birds began with this one! 

I live in Mumbai, in a colony lucky enough to still have plenty of trees and open spaces. The best part of living here are the birds I see from my window, every single day. "Birds from my Window" is a series, where I regularly feature photos of birds I see from my home. To see all the posts in this series, click here

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  1. A lovely set. Sometimes a window can provide for such lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Mridula! My window is sometimes my best inspiration!

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  2. Nice photos, Crisp article. I cannot imagine how eventful surrounding you have got!!

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    1. Thank you, Dilip Mantri! we are lucky that way :D

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  3. Hey! Thanks! I used to see these birds from my window right below yours a few years ago :)

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  4. Nice to wake up to these - and even nicer to know Bombay is home to so many birds :)

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