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Author: Keerthana Nagarajan

An Evening with musical legend Bombay Jayashri

Renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath speaks to Keerthana Nagarajan and Manasa Mukka after a fantastic concert at Geneva. Her favourite raga: ‘Shanmukapriya’. Her favourite country to perform: Srilanka. Her audiences describe her singing as: Soulful, soothing and meditative. Jayashri needs no introduction. A Chennai-based musician, she’s known to lovers of Carnatic, Hindustani and film music alike. Born in Kolkata, with her growing up years spent in Mumbai and Chennai, followed by travelling the world for music concerts – how did she become “Bombay” Jayashri”? Her smile reveals that she’s been asked this many times over. “It was a...

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How to wish a good/nice weekend

In our language corner, every issue we bring to you phrases that you can use in your everyday life in Switzerland. There are four official languages in Switzerland – German, French, Italian and Romansch. This issue, we bring you ways to wish colleagues and friends a ‘nice/good weekend’ in the four languages spoken in Switzerland. GERMAN Schönes Wochenende FRENCH bon weekend ITALIAN Buon fine settimana ROMANSH Buna fin...

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Bombay Jayashri – Live in Geneva!

It was a real ‘Taal se Taal Mila’ moment at the Théâtre Les Salons at Geneva on the 10th February 2018 – as the audience meditated, clapped and cheered along to the classical tunes of renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath. Keerthana Nagarajan and Manasa Mukka spent their evening at the concert. Jayashri was in Geneva for a two-day concert on February 9th and 10th, 2018, where she performed along with her team of musicians. For many, it was a dream come true as they saw their favourite singer perform for the first time! The rich set up of...

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The traditional Swiss Rösti with an Indian twist

Republic day – as a child growing up in India, both Republic day and Independence day meant waking up early to watch the parade on Doordarshan, going for the flag hoisting, singing the national anthem with pride and participating in the dance and singing performances that the ladies in our colony would train us to for weeks ahead of the big day. The celebrations would finally end with a box containing a ‘motichur ladoo’, and a samosa! And at home, we would celebrate in our own little way with tricolor salad. I continued this even after moving to Switzerland...

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Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri – Let’s celebrate!

Pongal, Sankranti, Lohri… known by many more names, the harvest festival was celebrated last weekend by Indians across the globe. A few of our expat readers share how they celebrate the festival as they reinvoke their childhood memories of the celebration. Divya Hegde “I come from the beautiful coastal part of Karnataka but have always been in ‘My-Bangalore’. My mother tongue is Konkani. But as a family, we speak Kannada, Marathi, English and Hindi, too. Each festival has its own charm, warmth and beauty and each one carries a unique and a strong religious and mythological value. What I...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #41:

    Darjeeling Tea

    In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.

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