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India celebrates its 71st Independence Day

On the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day, we asked some of our readers a couple of questions: “What are some of the things you love about India, and would be proud to share with the rest of the world?” and “What are some of the things you hope will change?”. Here’s what they had to say. Illustration by Sharanya Mageshwaran. Viola Snophan “India is all about the warmth of people and place. Needless to say, the rich culture, rural beauty, delicious cuisine, hospitality and the sense of belonging, make India appealing. The exuberant celebrations and social gatherings raise...

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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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Walking her talk

“Don’t stop yourself from doing something because of the fear of failure,” says London-born Sunita Sehmi, who has made Geneva her home in 1992. Read more about her story. “I was born in London in the sixties. My parents were Punjabi immigrants who left India for the UK, hoping for a better life and better days ahead. Having seen the partition in India, they were consumed by the struggle for economic survival, hence the move to London in the 1950s, where economic and financial stability were assured,” says a very elegant Sunita Sehmi. The Indo-British identity “I recall that...

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

Our contributor, Amrita Vijay Kumar shares her moving Mother’s Day tribute Kanyadaan: That emotional moment (in a traditional Indian wedding) when parents give their beloved daughter into the care of another man, her husband, for a lifetime. You had raised me to be independent. You had egged me on to learn new languages. When I decided to not apply to a prestigious B-school, thinking there is no chance of making it, you got me the form and guided my preparation. When I needed confidence in my first job, you were my best source! Thoughts of living away from you...

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Stories from the Heart – A Mother’s Day Special

This Mother’s Day, our readers share their experiences from their individual incredible motherhood journeys! Damneet Kaur It is not possible to describe motherhood in words but if I must, I would say it is beyond what you can ever imagine, yet fulfilling in every possible way. Each time you overcome a parenting challenge and start celebrating, you discover there is another challenge looking right at you! It is a learning curve, sometimes smooth and sometimes sharp but every time full of love. When I am caught in a difficult parenting situation I always think what would my mom do?...

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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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