We are approaching the end of 2020, and it’s time to bid goodbye to the vibrant-hued leaves of Autumn and turn on the lights earlier each day as November rolls in. With Diwali on the horizon, there is an air of anticipation as the festive spirit flies high!

We have an eclectic mix of articles this month to keep your spirits up and to set the mood for the festivities that will follow.

From learning dance, music and theatre through ‘Bal Kathak’ at the age of 4 to being awarded ‘the Ambassador of Kathak’ at the House of Lords, acclaimed Kathak exponent, Pali Chandra’s journey has been unique. Sowgandhika Krishnan tells us more as she profiles the ‘Kathak Ambassador’.

Ritesh Sood tells us about the taxation implications for freelance work in Switzerland. There are a number of rules and definitions of freelance work – whether you are a contractor or a one-person website offering freelance services, make sure you’re on the right taxation track.

One of the most essential medical emergency services in India is that of the ambulance. But for NRIs, the thought of a timely and safe ambulance ride as for their parents is worrisome. In his debut column, Bharat Vasandani tells us about how NRIs can make ambulance services for parents in India an easy ride.

Through this summer’s Swiss staycation, Khushnum Aibara’s family decided to explore Zermatt. She tells our readers about a beautiful small town that they visited on their way back, called Martigny.

If you are still undecided on what to make this Diwali, Shinta Simon shares a quick and easy traditional sweet treat – ‘Kalakand’ – or milk cake with you.

A French classic, written by author and pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry, ‘The Little Prince’ was published in 1943, in both French and English. It includes the writer’s own illustrations. Critics were unsure as to how they were supposed to label the book: Was it a children’s book or one for adults?’ Samvidha Srinath shares her review.

We have some exciting news to share! A very special section of our magazine for the very young to teenage readers is taking shape. Nayana Bhattacharya brings to you a column for children living and studying in Switzerland, coming soon in December. Don’t forget to take our monthly interactive quiz, created exclusively for our readers, by Qwizzeria.

We wish you all a happy Diwali, may the sparkle of the lights outshine the darkness!

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