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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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India celebrates its 71st Independence Day

On the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day, we asked some of our readers a couple of questions: “What are some of the things you love about India, and would be proud to share with the rest of the world?” and “What are some of the things you hope will change?”. Here’s what they had to say. Illustration by Sharanya Mageshwaran. Viola Snophan “India is all about the warmth of people and place. Needless to say, the rich culture, rural beauty, delicious cuisine, hospitality and the sense of belonging, make India appealing. The exuberant celebrations and social gatherings raise...

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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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Knäckebrot

Knäckebrot literally means ‘crispy bread’. Given all the goodness of flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, Knäckebrot makes for a very healthy mid morning snack znüni or afternoon snack zvieri.

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #50:

    United Provinces

    During the British Rule, United Provinces was created on 01 April 1937 (and, no it wasn’t an April fool’s joke). Thirteen years later it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh (northern province). In 2000, the northern districts of the state were separated to form a new state of Uttarakhand.

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