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Basel’s Dabbawallah

Guru Joshi is an unlikely scientist-turned-entrepreneur whose Indian food stall is a big hit in Basel. Guru Joshi. He got a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, worked at the University of Austin, Texas and then did his postdoc at ETH Zurich. And – nowadays – Joshi’s typical day begins at 7:30 a.m. He carefully washes up shiny violet aubergines and chops them. Crushes some peanuts, and grates some fresh coconut.  Mustard seeds crackle in hot oil as he adds some curry leaves and garlic to make a rich gravy bursting with the complex flavors of a...

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My Story – Parul Chhaparia

My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Parul Chhaparia who has lived in Switzerland for 2 years.   Q: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a freelance journalist based in Zurich. Prior to freelancing, I worked for over eight years as a business journalist for an Indian publication. Q: WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TO SWITZERLAND? Newly married, much in love and mesmerized by the alpine beauty, I left my career in journalism to move to Zurich over two years back. The reason was one of the custom among the...

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ALVIN AILEY DANCE THEATRE – AN EVENING OF MODERN DANCE

Basel recently played host to America’s best known cultural ambassador – the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and I had the opportunity to tick one more ‘artist to watch’, off my bucket list. Established in 1958, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre brings forth a mix of ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance and African native dances through striking themes. Alvin Ailey grew up at a time when African Americans faced racial discrimination, violence and lynching. He met his mentor Lester Horton in 1949 and learnt classical ballet jazz, native American dances, painting, acting, music, set design, and costuming. He took over...

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EVITA – FROM RAGS TO RICHES

Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews ‘Evita’ – a musical by Andrew Webber that shows Eva Peron’s journey from rags to riches. Eva Peron is a controversial political figure and Andrew Webber is well known for his musicals. So a chance to watch ‘Evita’ – an Andrew Webber musical about Eva Peron’s rags to riches story – was something I wasn’t going to miss. Even if it was on a Sunday! I was looking forward to the musical’s most successful number – “Don’t cry for me Argentina” and, the portrayal of a controversial protagonist on stage, especially one who dies at the...

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Wonderful Indonesia

 Summer time is the time to travel far and wide. Prat Das Kanungo shares his adventures in Indonesia. When I told my friends that I am travelling to Indonesia this summer, many were concerned about the unstable and fundamentalist state of my chosen destination. But, what I found in my two weeks long stay in this South-East-Asian archipelago was nothing short of magical. Coexistence of religions, breathtaking views from volcanic mountains, amazingly colourful marine life, ancient temples and cannibal dragons, they have it all. Of the 13,000 plus islands, I could only visit three major ones – Java, Bali and...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #27:

    Rajnigandha

    Polianthes tuberosa is a night blooming perennial plant whose flowers are used in perfumery. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘Polianthes’ meaning ‘many flowers’ and Latin term tuberosa meaning ‘swollen’. In India, the flower of this plant is known as ‘Rajnigandha’.

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