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Pico Iyer Launches His Latest Book, First Writer in Residence of Raffles Hotel

By Shobha Tsering Bhalla | 20 hours ago

Well-known travel writer Pico Iyer’s latest book – This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel and the City of Tomorrow was launched in Singapore today. It is his inaugural work as the first Writer in Residence of the Raffles Hotel. Speaking to India Se Media, Iyer said he was impressed at how well-read the Indian diaspora…

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi urges ‘globalisation of compassion’

By Team India Se | 2 days ago

He wants to counter “shrinking hearts” with a “globalisation of compassion”, says the Indian Nobel laureate who gave his award to the nation. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi recalled how difficult it was to bequeath the award. There was none in India at the time: Tagore’s 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature had…

PM Modi’s Announces Creation Of Chief Of Defence Staff Post, Avoids Mention Of Pakistan In Independence Day Speech

By Team India Se | 5 days ago

Wearing his trademark safa, this time in bright yellow with hints of green and red with a long trail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his sixth consecutive Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort where he deliberately avoided the mention of Pakistan but instead chose to focus on developmental issues such as…

SICCI Organises National Observance Ceremony

By Team India Se | 7 days ago

In celebration of the nation’s 54th birthday, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised National Day Observance Ceremony 2019 in collaboration with LISHA and Indian Heritage Centre. The Guest of Honour for the event was Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs. Other esteemed guests included SICCI Chairman Dr T Chandroo, board members of the…

Mission Kashmir To Impact India’s Engagement With Neighbours

By Team India Se | 2 weeks ago

With the Rajya Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill that seeks to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A, while also bifurcating the state into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the bill is set to be introduced in Lok Sabha today. While the debate on the implications of this move continues,…

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Astronaut Aesthetic

Turkish designer Bora Aksu debuted his much-anticipated Autumn/Winter 2019/20 Collection at London Fashion Week’s opening day – February 15, to a packed audience of top fashion influencers, fashion bloggers and freelance writers like myself. Apart from feeling rather out of my depth at such a glitzy event, surrounded by fashionistas dressed to the nines, I…

APRIL 2019

APRIL 02 – Kaila Devi Fair APRIL 06 – Mewar Festival/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Chaitra Navratri APRIL 08 – Gauri Puja / Gangaur APRIL 13 – Jallianwala Bagh Day APRIL 14 – Ram Navami/Ambedkar Jayanti/Baisakhi/Tamil New Year APRIL 15 – Shukrodaya Ekadashi/Bohag Bihu/Vishu APRIL 17 – Mahavir Jayanti/World Haemophilia Day APRIL 18 – World Heritage Day APRIL 19 – Hanuman Jayanti/Good Friday APRIL 20 – Shab-E-Barat APRIL…

Yumthang Valley in Sikkim

Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is a veritable wonderland with hot springs, yaks and grazing pastures on rolling meadows surrounded by mountains. Located more than 3,500 metres (11,500 feet) above sea level, the valley has an unspoilt beauty. The lush green forest abounds in pine and silver fir trees and wild flowers like primulas and…

Cherry Blossoms In Japan

“O my Love is like a red, red rose,” proclaimed the poet Robert Burns, but the cherry blossom is the apple of the eye – at least, for the Japanese. Soft and delicate, often pink or white, the flower is the cynosure of all eyes in Japan. People gather to see it bloom – the…

Visiting Wordsworth

“For oft when in my couch I lie, in vacant or in pensive mood/ they flash upon the inward eye that is the bliss of solitude.” – The Daffodils by William Wordsworth. Has it really been over a month since brook and road, haystacks and fells and limpid lakes were my fellow travellers? As I…