Namaste Switzerland turns 5 this Women’s Day! What started as an idea for a platform to connect the Indian diaspora in Switzerland, has taken root and wings…… and how! Over time we evolved from a quarterly magazine to a monthly magazine, grew our team of contributors, and launched a microsite for Young Voices. Today with 45 issues behind us, we look back at our journey with pride and gratitude for our readers, our team of writers and contributors, and our online community.

Thank you for being part of our journey!

In our anniversary issue, we have

Appenzell-based Anju Rupal is the founder of Abhati Suisse, a cosmetic brand known as a ‘beauty rebel with a cause’. Shinta Simon brings you the story of how Anju successfully built a purpose-driven cosmetics company that blends together Swiss technology and Indian tradition.

Maria de Conceicao interviews Brindarica Bose, on the occasion of the launch of the book, ‘She Shines’. The fifth book of the “SHE” project, the book is dedicated to the lost voices of refugees, war victims, and to magical moments.

Set against the backdrop of the French revolution, the Opera Dialogues des Carmelites is based on the book by the same name authored by Georges Bernanos with libretto (text of the Opera) by Francis Poulenc. Sowgandhika Krishnan tells us more.

Sanjana Rao gives us a perspective on the gender gap in women’s health – an often neglected subject in healthcare systems worldwide. She also shares tips on how we can help overcome this gap.

Noopur takes us down a nostalgic path and tells our readers more about the festival of ‘Holi’, an uninhibited celebration of color. For those of us celebrating Holi in Switzerland, she shares a few ideas to make the celebration special.

If you are looking to surprise the wonderful women in your life on this international Women’s day, Chetana Parameswar has a blood orange (Blut orangen) cake recipe for you.

Samvidha Srinath found it fitting to review the book series, Les Culottées by the French illustrator and author, Pénélope Bagieu. The book is about the life stories of some of the most courageous, outspoken women from different epochs and milieus the world has ever seen.

In Young Voices, editor Nayana Chakrabarti our young readers about the ongoing war in Ukraine. She also highlights festivities and culturally significant days you can expect this month. Tells us Ishaan Parameshwar continues to write about the adventures of Grimcodile. Anvika Chatterji has spun yarn, as has Abhigyan Bhattacharya. Arisha Dhar, Ojas and Anvi Vyavahare have shared their Sportsferien art activities with us while Advay Mangal has shared his art gallery with us too.

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

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