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Autumn Vibes

            Rachna Soni moved to Switzerland (Brugg, AG) only two months ago. She was born and brought up in Mumbai (India) and never really got the chance to live so close to nature. “This is the first autumn I am experiencing and I am extremely fascinated by the beautiful colours of the leaves and the sky. Everything, in general, feels so much fresher and crispier,” says Rachna. Autumn is without any doubt her new favourite season and she finds it a great opportunity to pursue her hobby – photography. Here are a few stunning...

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Swiss Kathak dancer – Priscilla Brülhart

The story of a Swiss dancer and her love for Kathak-an Indian classical dance form, her artistic journey and the joys and challenges of teaching Kathak in Switzerland. Gauri is a Swiss Kathak dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the founder of ‘Sangeet Swiss Association’ which aims to promote Indian classical arts in Switzerland. She teaches Kathak and Yoga at Le Dance center Monique Van der Roer Villars-sur-Glâne and in the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie in Geneva and has performed in Switzerland, India and in Europe. Growing up with a love for dance Gauri was born as Priscilla Brülhart in Switzerland...

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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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Basel’s Dabbawallah

Guru Joshi is an unlikely scientist-turned-entrepreneur whose Indian food stall is a big hit in Basel. Guru Joshi. He got a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, worked at the University of Austin, Texas and then did his postdoc at ETH Zurich. And – nowadays – Joshi’s typical day begins at 7:30 a.m. He carefully washes up shiny violet aubergines and chops them. Crushes some peanuts, and grates some fresh coconut.  Mustard seeds crackle in hot oil as he adds some curry leaves and garlic to make a rich gravy bursting with the complex flavors of a...

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Confident steps to a successful career – Rupa Mukerji

Rupa Mukerji is energetic and focussed. She shares her professional journey towards success with Namaste Switzerland. Rupa Mukerji wears three hats in her professional life at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. She is: on the Management Board of the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation the Head of the Advisory Services department at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation an Advisor on the Climate Change for the organisation and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian arm of Helvetas –  Intercooperation India. The commendable fact is that Rupa is the first non-European member on the board of a Swiss development organization. She and...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #27:

    Rajnigandha

    Polianthes tuberosa is a night blooming perennial plant whose flowers are used in perfumery. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘Polianthes’ meaning ‘many flowers’ and Latin term tuberosa meaning ‘swollen’. In India, the flower of this plant is known as ‘Rajnigandha’.

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