“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Whether you are Valentine’s day sceptic or not, you can’t be ambivalent about the month when love is given its due! We, at Namaste Switzerland, believe that love can be many things. It takes many forms – be it the love for a partner, family, self-love, or even an act of compassion towards a stranger.

We celebrate love in its many forms this month, with features and contributions from our writers:

‘As soon as I put my skates on, they became a part of me and skating became an amazing form of self-expression, reminisces Raysha Rajput, a former roller hockey player for Team India, who now plays ice hockey in Switzerland.

Chetana Parameswar shows us how to make irresistible (vegan-friendly) churro hearts this month. The perfect treat for your loved ones!

In our monthly column, Qwizzeria runs an interactive quiz that tests our knowledge of facts. How many can you get right?

Re-ignite the reading spark this year as an act of self-care – get inspired by Samvidha Srinath who has bookmarked a reading list for herself for this year.

Smita Satish, brings her creative flair to our readers as always, as she tells us about the traditional Lippan Art form. She also shares a video tutorial on how to create colorful art coasters inspired by the art form.

Take a leaf out of team Namaste Switzerland’s book – Keerthana Nagarajan shares some of our ideas through the years, on how to make V-Day special in ‘February Stories

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As a testament to the influence that she had on the collective Indian consciousness – both in India and the NRI diaspora abroad – Samanvay and Archisha Ray pay their tribute to Lata Mangeshkar in sketches which you can find in the gallery.

Akriti Muralikrishnan has captured the ups and downs of the weather system in her painting while little Arshika Sanyal – all of three – has created a craft that is all about spring.

In our creativity section, we have Adhira Ghosh’s first picture book – a little tale about a would-be skier, Mia. Ishaan Parameshwar and Kanhai Vaidya have returned with their serialized sagas about ‘Grimcodile’ and Ferne and Cerise respectively. There are cliffhangers in both chapters this month so make sure you don’t miss out!

Ashvi Shrivastav has written a movie review while her brother, Avik introduces us all to his love of cricket.

Nayana really enjoys curating Young Voices each month and is always on the lookout for potential contributors.

Would you like to write or create for Young Voices? Each month, we accept three articles (non-fiction, fiction, reviews, travel writing, recipes etc) and artwork. If so, please do write to us at team@namasteswitzerland.ch.

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