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Author: Shinta Simon

Traveling in Switzerland – A Guide for Visitors

‘Settling in Switzerland’ is a series of informative articles that Namaste Switzerland posts regularly. Earlier, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland followed by different options for learning German. Renting Accommodation was another well-received article, as was Driving in Switzerland. Shinta Simon gives us practical tips on how to travel when visiting Switzerland. Switzerland is a treat to the eyes and the soul all through the year, and especially in the summer. With spectacular hiking trails, beautiful aquamarine lakes, winding mountain passes, and more, June through August is that time of year when Switzerland beckons visitors from all...

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Mahesh Vinayakram in Concert

Mahesh Vinayakram, one of the leading artists in Carnatic and world music, performed in Zurich recently. The concert was a collaboration with Sowgandhika Krishnan and Ensemble, a team of trained dancers, musicians and theatre artists who presented a unique symphony of Indian dance and theatre. Namaste Switzerland was witness to this beautiful ‘melange’ where Indian music merged with world music and Indian dance with contemporary theatre. Mahesh Vinayakram, son of ghatam legendary Padmabhushan T.H.Vikku Vinayakram, has performed in several Indian metro cities as a solo performer in concerts, and as a fusion singer for various global bands and artists....

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My Story – Rajan

Q: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF I am Rajan Thambehalli from Bangalore, India. Interestingly enough, I grew up in a family where my mother was the rule-maker, more educated and earned more than my dad. What it taught me as a young boy in India is that there is no power play between parents. My dad supported my mother in his own way and together they showed my younger sister and me that there is no such thing as the ‘traditional’ man of the house. Fast forward to now, I run a start-up while my wife works 100%....

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Phirni with a twist of nostalgia

Phirni is a creamy rice-based dessert, which is usually made from coarsely ground basmati rice. It is traditionally served in small earthen bowls, which are used to keep the pudding cool. This recipe uses wholemeal oats instead of rice. Oats are higher in protein content, fibre, and as a slow-digesting carb, oats are also a great way to feel energised and alert. Rooh Afza is a concentrate that includes the essences of coriander, orange, pineapple, carrot, rose petals, spinach and mint. The drink is said to be the discovery of Hakim Abdul Majeed, a renowned Unani physician of herbal...

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Finding Purpose in the Pursuit of Art

Brindarica Bose is a celebrated artist, art teacher, writer and more. She dons several hats with ease and shares her views on the importance of pursuing one’s passions. They say ‘your only limitations are those that you set on yourself’. To attempt to define some people just by their work is to do them a great disservice. Brindarica Bose, an accomplished artist, writer, mother of two cannot be confined to just these labels. Her various talents and her keen interest in sharing her knowledge with those around her led her to teach art professionally, and create art for charitable...

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  • 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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Emergency numbers

112 - International emergency call

117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition