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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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Following her passion – Sharanjit Kaur

Sharanjit Kaur talks about how she moved out of a demanding job in IT/Banking to find her own calling as an entrepreneur in the field of personalized dressing. Sharan exudes a quiet confidence as she talks passionately about her childhood connection with her hobby: sewing. She reminisces, “Sewing has been a passion ever since I can remember… we had a sewing machine at home and my mother would make dresses for us. My earliest memories date back to the days of ‘Usha’ machine with a foot pedal and helping my mum cut patterns for our daily wear. I knew...

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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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Glamour to Glory

Archita Faustmann has led an exciting life from being a finalist at the Femina Miss India Contest 1999, to being a professional lawyer and philanthropist. Her passion for excellence runs deep as she juggles her role in the country she calls home. Archita was 22 when she chanced upon modelling. She says, “I had dreamed of going for Miss India ever since I was a child, but I’d never considered modelling as a profession. It just happened. And then, I gave it my best shot.” Having been a national level athlete, Archita was very fit and naturally slim. In...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #41:

    Darjeeling Tea

    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.

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