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...Read More
Ankita Thaker, Founder and Principal Architect of Purple Peepal GmbH, talks about her entrepreneurial journey from India to Switzerland. “To be completely candid, a late night thought of being in a new city and the desire to study in a completely different school of design brought me to Switzerland in October 2010. This thought translated into applying for the Master of Advanced Studies in the field of Landscape Architecture at ETH in Zurich. I arrived here on a lovely autumn morning with a bag of clothes and some Indian food. Ever since, I have grown to admire this place...Read More
It’s been less than two years since Cricket Switzerland, the governing body for cricket in Switzerland, established Zurich Sapphires, the first women’s cricket club in Switzerland. Since their inception, Zurich Sapphires has made a mark for their achievements, their relentless pursuit of the sport, and willingness to take on bigger challenges, all while having fun at the same time. Shinta Simon and Keerthana Nagarajan met with the team’s captain and president to learn more. On the 16th of July 2017, the Austrian National Cricket Ground played witness to a thrilling finale between the Switzerland and Austrian women’s cricket teams....Read More
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...Read More
Mary Das shares how she turned her passion into a small business and went on to win a bronze at the Swiss Cake Festival 2017. From being a ‘bake-thrice-a-year-baker’ who baked for her husband’s and son’s birthdays and at Christmas time, to be a self-taught cake-decorator, to emerging a winner at her first ever cake competition at the Swiss Cake Festival 2017, held in October in Dietikon – Mary Das has come a long way. She moved to Switzerland with her husband and three-year-old a decade ago and chose to be a full-time mom. Her son was not very...Read More
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Bhanu Athaiya happens to be the first Indian to receive a competitive Oscar. She shared the Oscar with John Mollo for their on costume designing for the 1982 movie Gandhi.
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