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Settling in Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! Here’s some basic information to help you settle into this country. Some procedures might appear daunting at first, but be assured that Switzerland is more organised, controlled and, most likely, faster than in your home country, no matter where you come from. Accommodation Switzerland is a small country; and for a few years now, there has been an acute shortage of apartments in the larger cities. The prices are high (over 20% of the average salary). In addition, there are criteria that qualify or disqualify you from being fit for a chosen apartment, which doesn’t make...

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My Story – Pragati Siddhanti

‘My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland “Yes, be open to change – embrace it rather than resist it. Make an effort to integrate with the locals along with your own community.” says Pragati Siddhanti Q. Tell us about yourself A. Hey Guys! My name is Pragati Siddhanti and I moved to Switzerland nine months ago from India with my workaholic husband and six year old daughter. I was born and brought up in New Delhi after which I moved to Bangalore, where I worked as an IT Manager with Unilever. I am the co founder...

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Experiencing Swiss Resilience – Nayana Chakroborty

“Welcome to the European summer”, the Easy-Jet steward said, as we disembarked. I smirked. I hoisted my then two-and-a-half-year-old onto my hip, swung on my backpack and didn’t bother to brace myself. European summers? Surely Switzerland would have nothing to teach me! I was a born immigrant! Swiss summers, as I later came to know, are famously broiling. I realised that I knew precious little about the country. When it came to Switzerland, I had previously always turned to Bollywood to fill in the blanks; my understanding of the land of milk and money could be summed up as...

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Celebrating Holi with ‘High Heels’

The streets of Zurich were a riot of colour on the 12th March when 19 members of ‘High Heels’ gathered to celebrate Holi in Zurich. ‘High Heels’ is a group of Indian-origin women from various professional backgrounds. With organic colours brought by a member from India, the group set out to celebrate the festival of colours at the Rathaus Brücke in Zurich, right in the centre of the city. The ladies played with ‘gulal’ (coloured powder used in a Holi celebration), relished some ‘thandai’ and sweets and took pictures. When curious onlookers asked about the festival the ladies were...

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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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