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Category: Swiss life

My Story – Subha Raj

‘My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Subha Raj, who has been living in Switzerland for the last 10 years and loving it. She, “dreams in Tamil, speaks in English and struggles in German.” Subha is a blogger who shares her experiences at http://boosbabytalk.blogspot.ch. Q: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF I am a small town girl from Tamil Nadu, married to a city boy and we live in Switzerland with our two daughters who are from here, there and everywhere. Q: WHAT DO YOU DO? Ah! The most dreaded question for a stay...

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Learning German: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

In our last issue, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland. Continuing this journey, we’ll talk about language learning in ‘Der Schweiz’. While it is important to choose and enrol yourself in a good language school, you could use the below methods to learn, familiarise and continue your language learning process. The tips are specific to our readers living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The Deutsche Welle: For a beginner with minimum or no knowledge of German The Deutsche welle is a good place to start with. Here one can start doing a self-paced course where you...

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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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Einige Todsünden (A few deadly sins) – Libertinism dealt with subtlety

Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews the dance drama, ‘Einige Todsünden’, an adaptation of the book “Les liaisons dangereuses”. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody”, said Mark Twain.  A lot of research in psychology, as well as a lot of art and literature, has centred around the dark side of human personality. One such example is the 18th-century book “Les liaisons dangereuses” (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Over the years, the book has been adapted into a play, a Broadway production, a film, as well as the rewriting titled ‘Quartet’ by Heiner Müller....

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My Story – Parul Chhaparia

My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Parul Chhaparia who has lived in Switzerland for 2 years.   Q: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a freelance journalist based in Zurich. Prior to freelancing, I worked for over eight years as a business journalist for an Indian publication. Q: WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TO SWITZERLAND? Newly married, much in love and mesmerized by the alpine beauty, I left my career in journalism to move to Zurich over two years back. The reason was one of the custom among the...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #50:

    United Provinces

    During the British Rule, United Provinces was created on 01 April 1937 (and, no it wasn’t an April fool’s joke). Thirteen years later it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh (northern province). In 2000, the northern districts of the state were separated to form a new state of Uttarakhand.

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117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition