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Phirni with a twist of nostalgia

Phirni is a creamy rice-based dessert, which is usually made from coarsely ground basmati rice. It is traditionally served in small earthen bowls, which are used to keep the pudding cool. This recipe uses wholemeal oats instead of rice. Oats are higher in protein content, fibre, and as a slow-digesting carb, oats are also a great way to feel energised and alert. Rooh Afza is a concentrate that includes the essences of coriander, orange, pineapple, carrot, rose petals, spinach and mint. The drink is said to be the discovery of Hakim Abdul Majeed, a renowned Unani physician of herbal...

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Meet the Ambassador of India, H.E. Mr. Sibi George

Representing what India stands for is not an easy task. It is a matter of immense responsibility and pride. Ambassador H.E. Sibi George tells Namaste Switzerland more. As of November 2017, Ambassador George took office in Bern as the new Ambassador of India to Switzerland. Like his predecessors, he is also the Indian Ambassador to Liechtenstein and The Holy See (Vatican). A brief background Ambassador George joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1993 and began his diplomatic career in Cairo, serving in the Mission as Political Officer. He then moved to the Indian Embassy in Doha and later...

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An Evening with musical legend Bombay Jayashri

Renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath speaks to Keerthana Nagarajan and Manasa Mukka after a fantastic concert at Geneva. Her favourite raga: ‘Shanmukapriya’. Her favourite country to perform: Srilanka. Her audiences describe her singing as: Soulful, soothing and meditative. Jayashri needs no introduction. A Chennai-based musician, she’s known to lovers of Carnatic, Hindustani and film music alike. Born in Kolkata, with her growing up years spent in Mumbai and Chennai, followed by travelling the world for music concerts – how did she become “Bombay” Jayashri”? Her smile reveals that she’s been asked this many times over. “It was a...

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Finding Purpose in the Pursuit of Art

Brindarica Bose is a celebrated artist, art teacher, writer and more. She dons several hats with ease and shares her views on the importance of pursuing one’s passions. They say ‘your only limitations are those that you set on yourself’. To attempt to define some people just by their work is to do them a great disservice. Brindarica Bose, an accomplished artist, writer, mother of two cannot be confined to just these labels. Her various talents and her keen interest in sharing her knowledge with those around her led her to teach art professionally, and create art for charitable...

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Annjali Shah – truly intercultural

With her origin, her homeland and her choice of expression, Annjali Shah exudes an aura of exoticism. Varied yet blended, her personality rounds up an international charm. Her grandfather, Shantilal Shah, hails from India (Gujarat). Her grandmother, Adelaïde Lanfranchi, is Italian and was a dancer with renowned Uday Shankar. Arvind Shah – her father – is naturally half-Indian and half-Italian. Clearly, love knows no boundaries, for he went on to marry Brigitte Shah, who is half-Swiss, half-Austrian. Her elder sisters: Devika (biologist doing research in cancer) and Chandrika (physiotherapist and pilates teacher) and she, herself, Annjali (dancer and kindergarten...

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  • 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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112 - International emergency call

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