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Author: Shinta Simon

Blending the classical with the contemporary

Classical dance that transcends conventional norms, and becomes relevant to audiences of our times. That’s how Sowgandhika Krishnan & Ensemble blend together the classical with the contemporary in their dance drama productions. The ISKCON* temple was festooned and decorated with flowers on the occasion of ‘Janmashtami’. There was a steady stream of devotees visiting the temple through the day. Among several events for the day, was a performance by artist Sowgandhika Krishnan and Ensemble. We took our seats together with the rest of the audience in the temple hall to watch the dance ensemble make their Zurich debut of...

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Brown butter pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel topping

Want to get into the spirit of fall? There’s nothing quite like the humble yet versatile pumpkin that puts you right in the mood to welcome autumn. The aroma of a freshly baked pumpkin cupcake that is redolent with warm spices makes for the perfect segue into the colder months. Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient to bake with. The local ‘red kurbis’ variety of pumpkin is mildly sweet and is well suited for desserts. Most recipes call for pumpkin puree, which is easy to make at home. There are two hassle-free ways to make a pumpkin puree: In the...

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Baking with Summer’s Bounty

  One of the best experiences of summer can be found right in your local supermarket. Aisle upon aisle of berries and stone fruit, fresh from the farm waiting to be carted home. Dark red cherries, ready to burst with its sweet juices, plump and delectable blackberries, the bounty of summer beckons out to you from nearly every shelf! The best way to enjoy summer’s largesse is to enjoy it fresh, of course. But if you are in the mood for an extra special treat, you could bake up a batch of blueberry muffins or incorporate some cherries into...

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Summer Themed Preschool Activities

Looking for ways to keep your preschooler occupied while indoors? Here are some fun activities that engage curious minds, and keep boredom at bay!   Summer is finally here, after a longer-than-usual wait.  It’s finally time to head to the local badi, to kick a ball out in the spielplatz, to discover a new hiking trail, or to simply lie on a picnic blanket and gaze at the lake! the opportunities that the Swiss summer provides are pretty much endless. While there is no dearth of options for outdoor fun during the summer, keeping kids entertained indoors can be...

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‘We run so they can read’ – Team Asha in the Zurich Marathon

The excitement and energy at the finish line of the Zurich marathon were palpable on a sunny Sunday morning on 9th April, as runners crossed the finish line in well-deserved joy, joining their friends and family cheering for them. Some smiles were noticeable wider and more joyful than the others. 70 runners, representing the Asha Zurich foundation had a special reason to be proud of their achievement. They were running for a cause greater than themselves – they had just successfully managed to raise more than CHF 40,000 in charity, enabling around 600 children to go to school for...

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