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Author: Keerthana Nagarajan

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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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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  • 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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