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My Story – Ajantha Stella Gnan

‘My Story’ shares the experiences of an Indian living in Switzerland. Meet Ajantha Stella Gnan: Born to Indian-Italian parents, Ajantha calls her dad “Papa” like an Italian and her mom “Amma” like an Indian. She loves her main course as Pasta and enjoys finishing her meal with Thayir Saadam (Curd Rice) on a Banana leaf! Here she is, sharing her experiences growing up in India and Italy and now her life as an expat in Switzerland. Q: Tell us about yourself? I am a stay-at-home mommy to two handsome boys named Karish(6) and Aarav(10 months). They keep me super...

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Hues of Gold

We launched ‘Namaste Switzerland on March 8, 2017, with our first issue ‘Colour me bright’. We were enthusiastic and scared; nervous yet confident at the same time. It was our time to showcase what we had envisioned – and it was our time to be judged by our readers. The team was proud to receive positive feedback and encouragement. Summer hailed our second issue ‘Sunshine in my Pocket’. The holiday season was here. We assumed many of our readers may be away resulting in a slump of sorts. A surprise lay in store for us when we realised that...

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Oeschinensee

For an enjoyable easy hike with spectacular views of an alpine lake, Oeschinensee is at the top of my list. A trip here is suitable for children, babies in strollers and the elderly. You could go on a day trip to the lake, or even combine it with a weekend getaway in Kandersteg. Getting there is very straight forward. Take the train to Kandersteg. From the train station, walk for 15 minutes; or take the 8-minute bus ride to the cable car station. Follow the signs in the town. The price for the cable car ride is CHF 26.00...

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Swiss Kathak dancer – Priscilla Brülhart

The story of a Swiss dancer and her love for Kathak-an Indian classical dance form, her artistic journey and the joys and challenges of teaching Kathak in Switzerland. Gauri is a Swiss Kathak dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the founder of ‘Sangeet Swiss Association’ which aims to promote Indian classical arts in Switzerland. She teaches Kathak and Yoga at Le Dance center Monique Van der Roer Villars-sur-Glâne and in the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie in Geneva and has performed in Switzerland, India and in Europe. Growing up with a love for dance Gauri was born as Priscilla Brülhart in Switzerland...

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Living her dream in India: Barbara Maim

Meet an entrepreneurial woman, who moved bag and baggage to India, to become a technology entrepreneur and start her new life with her husband, kids, and company. Lausanne born Barbara Maim’s day begins early. A working techie, she wakes her kids and gets them ready. It’s fruits today for breakfast. At 8:30 am, the nanny rings the bell. She wishes them a good day with the nanny and is off to work with her entrepreneur husband. Their workplace is a 10-minute auto rickshaw ride from their home… in Bengaluru. “We work from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in...

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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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