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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 3-course meal

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, Deepty Mundhra shares her recipes – a three-course meal, made with ingredients available in most Swiss supermarkets. Deepty remembers being fascinated by Valentine’s day as a teenager. After her marriage, she began celebrating this day in a very special way, and later after her children came along, the festival took on new meaning as a family celebration. The celebration may have changed over time, but one thing remained constant… the promise of a good meal on Valentine’s Day. Food has always been a passion for Deepty, and she loves to add a twist to...

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Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri – Let’s celebrate!

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...

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Swisspuja 2017

As the setting sun streaks brilliant vermillion across the sky and twilight beckons, the ‘dhaak*’ beats feverishly and church bells toll.  They ring through the air. Together. Swisspuja is underway. Nestled within the Albis range and the Sihltahl Valley’s quintessentially ‘Swiss’ landscape, for a full five days in Autumn, the Shwerzisaal in Langnau Am Albis becomes home-away-from-home for Switzerland’s Bengali diaspora. Indeed, it paints a perfect picture of inter-community harmony as both the greater South-Asian community, along with the local Swiss community throng its halls. Durga Puja, as it is celebrated in Switzerland, is a landmark event in Switzerland’s...

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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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  • 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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