Representing what India stands for is not an easy task. It is a matter of immense responsibility and pride. Ambassador H.E. Sibi George tells Namaste Switzerland more. As of November 2017, Ambassador George took office in Bern as the new Ambassador of India to Switzerland. Like his predecessors, he is also the Indian Ambassador to Liechtenstein and The Holy See (Vatican). A brief background Ambassador George joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1993 and began his diplomatic career in Cairo, serving in the Mission as Political Officer. He then moved to the Indian Embassy in Doha and later...Read More
Renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath speaks to Keerthana Nagarajan and Manasa Mukka after a fantastic concert at Geneva. Her favourite raga: ‘Shanmukapriya’. Her favourite country to perform: Srilanka. Her audiences describe her singing as: Soulful, soothing and meditative. Jayashri needs no introduction. A Chennai-based musician, she’s known to lovers of Carnatic, Hindustani and film music alike. Born in Kolkata, with her growing up years spent in Mumbai and Chennai, followed by travelling the world for music concerts – how did she become “Bombay” Jayashri”? Her smile reveals that she’s been asked this many times over. “It was a...Read More
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...Read More
With her origin, her homeland and her choice of expression, Annjali Shah exudes an aura of exoticism. Varied yet blended, her personality rounds up an international charm. Her grandfather, Shantilal Shah, hails from India (Gujarat). Her grandmother, Adelaïde Lanfranchi, is Italian and was a dancer with renowned Uday Shankar. Arvind Shah – her father – is naturally half-Indian and half-Italian. Clearly, love knows no boundaries, for he went on to marry Brigitte Shah, who is half-Swiss, half-Austrian. Her elder sisters: Devika (biologist doing research in cancer) and Chandrika (physiotherapist and pilates teacher) and she, herself, Annjali (dancer and kindergarten...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
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In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.
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
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