Along with Holi and Easter, we also celebrate our first year anniversary! For the last 12 months, we have been providing you with regular infotainment. We have featured many of you, collated and presented your stories and reflections, reviewed events, brought some destinations to your fingertips and much more.

Along the way, we’ve changed and evolved in terms of content and design, and a rich addition of contributing writers. A heartfelt thank you to each one of you.

Your response to Namaste Switzerland on our social media and our website clearly states that we’ve successfully delivered on our promise that entailed to “Connect. Inform. Integrate.” Once again, thank you all for your support and trust in us that bonds us together!

Our annual issue ‘Building Bonds’ continues with last year’s effort of presenting a fantastic online magazine. We feature Ambassador H.E. Mr Sibi George, who took over from Ms Purushottam as the Ambassador of India to Switzerland, Liechtenstein and The Holy See.

Renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri speaks to Namaste Switzerland, sharing her insights into music and more in an exclusive video interview.

Annjali Shah adds a cultural twist with her internationally quartered roots and interests that drew her to Kathak and to India.

Brindarica Bose, an artist, art teacher, a writer talks about the importance of pursuing one’s passions. And in the same vein, Rajan shares his interesting story and take on following his passion for hosting sports events.

Manasa Mukka tackles the issue of renting accommodation in Switzerland. From searching for an apartment or house to the formalities of vacating one – and everything that’s in between – she bases her information on research and experience.

Spring is here – and soon it will be Summer! Banu Balaji shares a selection of blossoms clicked through early Spring.

Warmer weather brings bundles of asparagus that rules for a short while as the undeclared king among delicate vegetables. Maria de Conceicao gives it a South Indian twist. And for your sweet tooth cravings through the Spring festivities, Shinta Simon adds a touch of bright red to her ‘phirni’ with a splash of ‘Rooh Afza’.

Eleven-year-old Aanya Sethi, an ardent DIY enthusiast, tells us how she created sweet somethings for her school bag. A fantastic way to keep young children busy through their weekends or Spring holidays.

So dive into this issue of Namaste Switzerland and celebrate the warm and pleasant shades of life with us!