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Newsletter 8 (June Edition)

Offering a refreshingly CRISP vision of Indians & Africa Volume 8, June 2012 Edition Theme: TRADITIONS & RITUALS It’s summer time in India – a time when the country is in a season of marriages. Bridegroom’s can be seen everywhere, resembling prince of yesteryears, sweating profusely as much with heat as fear of falling off the horse they are required to ... Read More »

AUNTY RAO SPEAKS IN JUNE

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AUNTY RAO, AUNTY RAOʼ, came the piercing voice of Bela from balcony downstairs. Knowing her, a small jerk is equivalent to an earthquake. I took my time to reach the balcony, folded my crotchet neatly and put it in the almirah and finished my last sip of tea and reached my balcony. There she was!…Lo behold holding a saree with ... Read More »

Newsletter 7 (May Edition)

Offering a refreshingly CRISP vision of Indians & Africa Volume 7 , May 2012 edition Theme: Science & Technology VICKY DONOR & DESIGNER BABIES We just finished watching the Hindi film VICKY DONOR. A well-made film about a sperm donor, that not just entertained but left me with a hypothetical question. What happens to the family with donor sperm children ... Read More »

For the love of Kalahari

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By Siva Madhavan Siva loves travelling, here he details his Kalahari trip.. Before my visit to the Kalahari, my mental image of the landscape was a barren desert of rolling sand dunes with hardly any life form. The reality could not be more different. When I visited the Kaglagadi Trans-frontier Park (KTP) in the northwest corner of South Africa’s Northern Cape ... Read More »

SAARTHI

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Saarthi – extend a hand (Donate 2nd hand clothes, stationary, household items , toys etc.)   We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”  ~Mother Teresa We start every year with a new-fangled positivity. We aim to aspire new objectives and then strive to achieve them. Some do and some keep trying hard to. So too ... Read More »

The Smoke That Thunders-Victoria Falls

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  Imagine a fast moving 1.7 kms wide river. Now imagine this river falling 108 metres down a massive hole in the ground at the rate of 3 million litres a second.By Sivamani     Imagine a fast moving 1.7 kms wide river. Now imagine this river falling 100 metres down a massive hole in the ground at the rate of 3 million litres a second. No imagination will ever prepare you for the spectacular sheet of water that will greet your eyes when you make the trip to see the Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is situated in southern Africa, on the Zambezi River, with the Zimbabwe and Zambia international border cutting the river and the ... Read More »

Foot Prints

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Ajanta Caves are situated in the centre of the state Maharashtra and the city of Aurangabad. The caves are located in the northeast region of the city Aurangabad. These caves are much older than the Ellora Caves. These are very ancient caves around the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD and also in the list of the earliest ... Read More »

HCL EDUCATION

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HCL , the Rs. 1000 crore IT giant, how now entered the education sector. They have put together  top quality educational material for school children. Available in DVD or as memory stick, they cover entire NCERT school syllabus, and contains audio and video clips, question bank and interactive features that makes education interesting. Indian parents are constantly worried about their ... Read More »

ONION TEARS

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Love,loss and life are the themes that weave through this tale of 3 generations of Muslim women living in suburban South Africa. ONION TEARS by Shubnum Khan Generally speaking, I am not the kind to pick up book by new authors. My formula of a good read has always been to pick up a book after it has won all the ... Read More »

Foot Prints

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Ajanta Caves are situated in the centre of the state Maharashtra and the city of Aurangabad. The caves are located in the northeast region of the city Aurangabad. These caves are much older than the Ellora Caves. These are very ancient caves around the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD and also in the list of the earliest ... Read More »

HAND WOVEN RUGS

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Oriental Rug weavers specialize in manufacturing in India and delivering direct to your door steps , various range of Hand Knotted Woolen Carpets, Hand Knotted Wool-Silk Carpets, Hand Tufted Woolen Carpets, Indo-Tibet Carpets, Kilims, Sumak, Shaggy made in Fine Quality Natural Fiber’s like Silk, Wool, Cotton, Hemp/Jute etc We welcome design ideas from our customer & work our designers and ... Read More »

OUTLIER BY MALCOM GRADWELL

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What makes high-achievers different ? Malcolm Gladwell book is about the story of success…. By Sivamani Malcolm Gladwell excels at pinpointing a social phenomenon, be it cultural epidemics (The Tipping Point) or snap judgements (Blink); putting forth his thesis and illustrating his proof through a series of short, engaging, self-encapsulated histories. In “Outliers”, he examines the phenomenon of high achievement, ... Read More »

Amazing Kwazulu Natal

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This month Siva takes us to Drakensburg (means “The Dragon Mountains ” in Dutch). Siva provides an exhaustive details  of the best that Drakensburg has to offer.. Whether one is a new comer or an older timer, this province on the east coast of South Africa never ceases to amaze for its natural beauty and varying landscape. From the golden beaches of ... Read More »

FALLEN FEATHERS

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  By Ms. Kakoli Ghosh Poets are born every day Thoughts go before us like passing flocks of cranes, Crossing cities, rivers, slanting planes, Villages beyond and familiar lanes- Missing behind the opaque comfort of care, Hurried plans and window panes. Through the moments of rest, it melts On wings of wet birds sitting on cable wires Soaking in the ... Read More »

JANPATH DAYS

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Poetry by Dr Amitabh Mitra janpath market checking shawls…                                                                                                            janpath market checking shawls, life effervescing then in a close knit pashmina i thought of words written on bargain threads not knowing breaths had sealed then an oddly different sky at a connaught place middle street we kissed life flowed in each other quashed in the shawl within lips ... Read More »

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