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Author: Shinta Simon

Celebrating Holi with ‘High Heels’

The streets of Zurich were a riot of colour on the 12th March when 19 members of ‘High Heels’ gathered to celebrate Holi in Zurich. ‘High Heels’ is a group of Indian-origin women from various professional backgrounds. With organic colours brought by a member from India, the group set out to celebrate the festival of colours at the Rathaus Brücke in Zurich, right in the centre of the city. The ladies played with ‘gulal’ (coloured powder used in a Holi celebration), relished some ‘thandai’ and sweets and took pictures. When curious onlookers asked about the festival the ladies were...

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Malpua and Rabdi – for a sweeter Holi

Pour out a glass of ‘thandai’ and pull up that plate of ‘shakarparas’, Holi is not just about colour, it is also about the kind of food that puts you in the mood for a celebration! I grew up in the coastal state of Goa, where we lived in government staff quarters in a multi-cultural community. Festivals from every part of the country, from Diwali to Ganesh Chaturti to Onam were celebrated with equal aplomb. But Holi, now Holi was special! The lure of colours, walking the colony lanes with coloured powder in our hands, siphoning water from the...

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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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