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Author: Aradhna Sethi

Zuoz – Idyllic indeed!

Kilometres of crisp, pristine snowy slopes, bright blue skies and a golden sunshine. A blend of tradition and modern, Zuoz is all this and more. Winters and springtime see Zuoz clad in something akin to a pristine white flowing gown, decorated with silvery frozen streams. The fir trees seem to gracefully hold up weighty, yet soft and dainty snowflakes, as if bowing to the blue skies and golden sunshine, as low hanging crystals gleam and glitter off the branches. The ski tracks (pistes) are all set to welcome the winter guests. Whether you’re a learner or a black slope...

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The Architect of her Future – Ankita Thaker

Ankita Thaker, Founder and Principal Architect of Purple Peepal GmbH, talks about her entrepreneurial journey from India to Switzerland. “To be completely candid, a late night thought of being in a new city and the desire to study in a completely different school of design brought me to Switzerland in October 2010. This thought translated into applying for the Master of Advanced Studies in the field of Landscape Architecture at ETH in Zurich. I arrived here on a lovely autumn morning with a bag of clothes and some Indian food. Ever since, I have grown to admire this place...

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Passionate about Baking! – Mary Das

Mary Das shares how she turned her passion into a small business and went on to win a bronze at the Swiss Cake Festival 2017. From being a ‘bake-thrice-a-year-baker’ who baked for her husband’s and son’s birthdays and at Christmas time, to be a self-taught cake-decorator, to emerging a winner at her first ever cake competition at the Swiss Cake Festival 2017, held in October in Dietikon – Mary Das has come a long way. She moved to Switzerland with her husband and three-year-old a decade ago and chose to be a  full-time mom. Her son was not very...

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Spooky or friendly – meet the Ghost!

Bring out the artist in you – good, bad or ugly – this Halloween. Halloween is just around the corner. There’s much to do: Pumpkin carving, setting up that eerie Autumn look about your house to attract the little ones who come along with their “trick-or-treat” shouts and bags for their exciting loot to be collected. Costumes? Well, if you haven’t had the time to get or make one, here’s a  quick self-made costume that comes to your rescue and adds that special smile to your child this Halloween. In fact, you can do it along with your child!...

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Confident steps to a successful career – Rupa Mukerji

Rupa Mukerji is energetic and focussed. She shares her professional journey towards success with Namaste Switzerland. Rupa Mukerji wears three hats in her professional life at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. She is: on the Management Board of the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation the Head of the Advisory Services department at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation an Advisor on the Climate Change for the organisation and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian arm of Helvetas –  Intercooperation India. The commendable fact is that Rupa is the first non-European member on the board of a Swiss development organization. She and...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #54:

    Photo of Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Lucknow

    In the TIME published article ’15 Buildings That Don’t Look Like Buildings’, they featured the Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Lucknow. Opened in 2003, the planetarium resembles Saturn, by incorporating a sphere of diameter 21m. However, there was an error in the design, Saturn has seven rings while the building has only five.

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140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

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