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Author: Keerthana Nagarajan

How to wish a merry christmas and a happy new year

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. December is celebration time of the year. While you explore the Christmas Markets, shop for winter teas, warm woollens, schokolade and have some hot Glühwein, here are a few phrases that you can use to wish your friends and acquaintances – A merry Christmas and a happy new year! Pick the one depending on which part of Switzerland you live in or travelling to for your winter holiday! And we have...

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Caring for Happy Feet – Lakshmi Natarajan

Come December-January, snow all around, freezing weather… It’s that time of the year when many of us, especially those in Zürich and around, do not want miss the opportunity to pack ourselves in the warmest of clothes and head to see the penguin walk and feeding at the Zürich Zoo! But imagine what it would be like feeding and caring for these ‘Happy Feet’ creatures. Lakshmi Natarajan at the Zürich Zoo does exactly that! Over a chat with Manasa Mukka, Lakshmi says, “Of the past eleven years, almost eight have been spent exclusively caring for the King and Humboldt...

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Learning German: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

In our last issue, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland. Continuing this journey, we’ll talk about language learning in ‘Der Schweiz’. While it is important to choose and enrol yourself in a good language school, you could use the below methods to learn, familiarise and continue your language learning process. The tips are specific to our readers living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The Deutsche Welle: For a beginner with minimum or no knowledge of German The Deutsche welle is a good place to start with. Here one can start doing a self-paced course where you...

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Living her dream in India: Barbara Maim

Meet an entrepreneurial woman, who moved bag and baggage to India, to become a technology entrepreneur and start her new life with her husband, kids, and company. Lausanne born Barbara Maim’s day begins early. A working techie, she wakes her kids and gets them ready. It’s fruits today for breakfast. At 8:30 am, the nanny rings the bell. She wishes them a good day with the nanny and is off to work with her entrepreneur husband. Their workplace is a 10-minute auto rickshaw ride from their home… in Bengaluru. “We work from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in...

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Kalamkari – Desi Art in Switzerland

The walls of the Ethnographic museum in Zurich are adorned with beautiful brightly coloured fabric art from India – the Kalamkari! A visit to the museum and one gets to see very large depictions of the two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. There are also many other illustrations including the different avatars of Vishnu. “This exhibition displays many of the museum’s Kalamkari pieces for the very first time.” says Mr. Andreas Isler, one of the two curators of this Exhibition.  Isler and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa have been working together on Indian topics at the Ethnographic Museum at...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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