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mohanWhy a newsmagazine? Why now? Mohan Nair explores the idea.....

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From the Editor's Desk


devendraNamaste, Salaam-ale-kum, Sat-Sri-Akal, Vannakkam.....

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A place where we showcase the flavour of the month.


Celebrating the Festival of Triumph of Goodness


diwalipicDIWALI is a bit of Christmas, New Year's Eve and Fourth of July all rolled in one. This article gives you all the details you would like to read about....

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SPECIAL GUEST COLUMN: Diwali in South Africa by Devi Rajab


diwali16Our guest writer for the Inaugural issue of this News Letter - Devi Rajab, is internationally known and a high profile woman in South Africa. She is a recipient of numerous Awards, Human Rights Activist, Academic, Journalist, Psychologist, an all round astounding woman. In this article Devi explores important issues pertaining to Diwali...

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A place to list a few big stories that have been in news recently along with articles that you think is especially well written


IBSA meet Pretoria 2011


newsreel1$25-billion India, Brazil, S Africa trade likely by 2015

Trade between India, Brazil and South Africa is set to grow to $25 billion by 2015, as the three key emerging economies have decided to remove non-trade barriers and improve maritime and air connectivity.

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This is the creative corner – a place to display your latest work or discuss work of others. Not just written words. But even a scenic photograph you took that you are proud of. Or the painting you just completed. Or your singing or dance or just about anything you recorded that you consider worth sharing.


Art of Ms Ambika Vij


ambikaSerenity of Buddha caputured by Ms Ambika Vij in her painting........

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Art of Dr Mitra


mitraDr Amitabh Mitra is hailed as one of the most popular South African poet today. He also paints and shares one of his work (painting with a poetry or the other way round) ....

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Phenomenal Women


women1PHENOMENAL WOMEN by Sarita Mathur is a beautiful poem and an example of a woman celebrates womenhood.....

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We have all been on holidays that we would love to share. All those little details that are not give in the travel book but are relevant especially for us Indians. Well, this is just the place for it. 


For the love of Kalahari


By Siva Madhavankalahari1

Siva loves travelling, here he details his Kalahari trip..


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Send us your perspective on any aspect of business that interests you. Articles and information that will help each other navigate the unique business conditions that face us in Africa.


Living Building


TECHNOLOGY- LIVING BUILDINGS: Creating buildings with lungs to absorb CO2 and skin that control temperatures. Fascinating ? This may soon become a reality...

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Setting up business in South Africa


Aap ka South Africa mein business hai? It's the question now regularly being asked amoung businessmen and executives in India ATUL PADALKAR explores...

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All Forms of SARS


SARS (South African Revenue Services) have done lot of work to simplify taxation matters. Here we bring to you all the esentials that you need to know ..

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THE NEXT BUBBLE : M D RAMESH of Olam International has forwarded an interesting article by Pijush Das

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This is hugely important to all of us. We are going through our own experiences and forever working to make things better in our own unique way. Send us some of those tips that will help us as well.


Home Remedies


HEMANT CHAWLA forwards great home remedies for Acidity, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure & Diabetes

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Ayurveda – Mantra For This Age By Dr Sajith Varma


Ayurveda – centuries old traditional Indian system of medicine carries the heritage of one of the oldest civilizations on the earth. Rulers and sages of oriental countries contributed and propagated this system for the benefit of the society. Charaka* – the master physician and Susruta** - the father of surgery nourished this divine medical system by authoring books in their specialized fields. Till the invasion of India by the westerners AYURVEDA was going through its golden time.

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4 Things to Avoid at Restaurants


RESTAURANTS: If you love to visit restaurants, then the useful tips  given in this article should come in handy

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5 Facebook Posts That Put You at Risk


FACEBOOK is fast becoming as common in our lives as mobile phones and computers in our lives. This article gives some important tips on what to be wary about when using Facebook

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Safety And Precautions In Africa


Travellers often ask whether or not it is safe to travel in Africa. All of us have been asked this question. This article gives important tips that travellers should find useful

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Inspire us with what inspired you last month. You may be a making a big difference in someone’s lives without ever knowing about it.


Vedanta-The Philosophy of Life And Living


vedanta1Vedanta is an ancient philosophy which enunciates the eternal principles of life and living. Living is an art, a skill, a technique. Few have understood it to be so in the span of human history. Nevertheless, you need to learn and practise this technique of living as you would to play a musical instrument or fly an aircraft.

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A Glass of Milk


indians4africa11by Author Unknown


One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.


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Send us whatever made you laugh the loudest last month. We Indians are known to have a great sense of humour – but we don’t seem to laugh enough. Let’s get together to change all that.


Racist Guide to people of South Africa


BOOK REVIEW:Simon Kilpatrick has written a hugely funny book “The racist guide to the people of South Africa”. He answers questions like What a stressed black looks like? What Afrikaaners do for fun? Why you should never buy a white woman a white gold engagement ring? And why Indian men play sports wearing jeans?  Some excerpts from the chapter about Indians is as follows

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Familes -Indian & White


Two men, an Indian and a White guy met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation. The Indian kept complaining of his large joint family problems. Finally, the white man said:

"You think you have family problems? Listen to my situation. A few years ago I met a young widow with a grown-up daughter and we got married.

"Later my father married my step daughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson. Also,my wife became mother in-law of her father-in-law.

Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son. This boy was my half-brother because he was my father's son, but he was also the son of my wife's daughter which made him my wife's grand-son.That made me the grandfather of my half-brother.

"This was nothing until my wife and I had a son. Now the half-sister of my son, my stepmother, is also the grandmother. "This makes my father the brother-in-law of my child, whose stepsister is my father's wife, I'm my stepmother's brother-in-law, my wife is her own child's aunt, my son is my father's nephew and I'm My own son's grandfather!

And you think you have family problem ?


Newsmagazine Vol 1

In This Issue

·         Editorial

·         Feature

·         Newsreel

·         Art & Literature

·         Travels

·         Business Files

·         Home & Health

·         Inspiration

·         Humour

·         Tailpiece


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