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An evening with Bina Shah

Meet Bina Shah, a talented artist, and sculptor living in the Zurich region of Switzerland,  in an exclusive video interview with Namaste Switzerland. She introduces us to her multicultural ancestry, her passion, her vision and her art. Bina grew up in Iran with an Indian heritage. She moved to the United States in 1994 where she met a sculptor who suggested she work with clay. Her journey began with a basic pottery class where she got her hands dirty with clay for the first time, she has never looked back since. Bina’s art has been showcased globally. Her most...

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Kalamkari – Desi Art in Switzerland

The walls of the Ethnographic museum in Zurich are adorned with beautiful brightly coloured fabric art from India – the Kalamkari! A visit to the museum and one gets to see very large depictions of the two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. There are also many other illustrations including the different avatars of Vishnu. “This exhibition displays many of the museum’s Kalamkari pieces for the very first time.” says Mr. Andreas Isler, one of the two curators of this Exhibition.  Isler and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa have been working together on Indian topics at the Ethnographic Museum at...

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Hello Spring and En Guete… Asparagus!

When you move to a new country there is a lot of getting used to, besides a new culture or language… the food! My first two years in Switzerland were the exploratory food phase. I’m not a fussy eater, I’m a foodie and I love to delve into something new from every culture. And so I tried every Swiss dish there was and enjoyed it. Moved onto other European plates…  enjoyed it too. Soon the honeymoon phase with European food, was over when I started singing the expat blues. I wanted my South Indian food fix ever so often! But, I...

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How to say Hello in Switzerland

There are four official languages in Switzerland, so you can say hello in German, French, Italian and Romansh (also called or Raetoromanisch). It is considered polite when you look into someone’s eyes and wish them with a smile. In German: Say “Grüezi” to greet one person, or “Grüezi Mitenand” to greet two or more people. In French: “Bonjour” In Italian: “Buongiorno” during the day and “Buonasera” in the evening In Romansh: “Bun di” for good morning. Pronounced as “boon dee” “Buna saira” for good afternoon or good evening. Pronounced as “boon-a serra”....

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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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