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Exclusive and special features on variety of topics. Includes interviews with NRI Achievers, guest posts by experts and other articles of general interest.

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6 Reasons why India inviting Abu Dhabi Crown Prince is a diplomatic masterstroke

The Indian government has invited the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to be the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations in January 2017. While the acceptance of the Indian invitation can be seen as a reciprocation of Modi’s UAE visit in August last year, there are a number of factors which suggest that this invitation was a smart diplomatic move by India: 1. Economic Ties India is UAE’s number one trading partner while the Gulf nation is India’s third largest trading partner after the US and China. UAE is India’s second largest export destination with over $60 billion in bilateral trade. During Modi’s visit to UAE, it was decided to increase the current volume of bilateral trade by 60% in the next five years. For India’s energy security, UAE is an important country as it gets 9.38% of total crude requirement from that country. The volume of supply…

Guest Blog
10 hotel booking tips to save money and avoid hassles

This is a guest blog post written by Prachi Varshney, who is a food blogger, writer and content writer based in Doha. You can find more about Prachi and her blog beneath this post. Whenit comes to booking a hotel for vacation, families want comfort, cleanliness and amenities – and all at a budget they can afford. Can you have it all? Yes! By following a few money-saving tips. Let me tell you that whatever we learnt so far from our online hotel booking experiences is really shocking and heart breaking. Here are some useful tips to not get trapped in the money-making tactics practised by hotels and booking websites: 1. The truth about rack rates Several big luxury hotels publish high rates on their websites but same hotel rooms are available at much cheaper rates on various travel booking websites. For example, if you check a hotel for direct booking they will…

NRI Achievers
Making every moment count : The inspiring story of Simran Vedvyas

A dream to learn, achieve, and succeed A spirit, endurance and will to excel At just 17, Dubai-born Simran Vedvyas is already proving to be role model for thousands of young people as a passionate environmentalist and social campaigner. As founder of the SynergY youth group, which works to promote sustainability, she engages with students across the UAE and India on topics like the environment, education and healthcare. Simran, who has led over 70 successful youth engagement campaigns – including one which saw 3,000 trees planted at landfill sites across the UAE – has been recognised at home and abroad for her academic and humanitarian achievements. Her Belief that ‘Youth are the Future Champions Today!’ was featured by MTV voices on International Youth Day 2013, for 100 hours at Times Square, NY, USA. She is also the youngest panellist at United Nations Headquarters discussing ‘Youth Migration the Development Forward’, the…

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10 Traits of a Non Resident Indian (NRI) in the Middle East

This is a guest blog post by Doha-based blogger Nina Mathew. Her blog NinaNotNow.com features some interesting perspectives and shares insider tips on life in Doha. You can find more about Nina and her blog beneath this post. So first things first, NRI or Non Resident Indian is a citizen of India who holds an Indian passport and has temporarily emigrated to another country for six months or more. I’ve been one all my life. And be it through sudden bouts of realisation or friends of different nationalities pointing it out, I’ve realised that we have a few particular traits, especially those of us living in the Middle East. I’ve listed down 10 of mine. 1. ‘Yes I speak fluent English. No it’s not just cos I live outside of India.’ I find myself constantly explaining to people that it isn’t a thing of miracles that I speak fluent English. And it isn’t…

NRI Achievers
Arushi Madan : The Green Machine that inspires with her actions

Exclusive interview with Arushi Madan, Environment Ambassador to the Middle East (by Tunza Eco-Generation) and President of youth community group “Students for the Earth” What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau 17-year-old Arushi Madan isn’t just a regular teenager. She’s extremely dedicated towards lending her voice to the larger cause of conserving our environment. Known as the “Green Machine,” due to her great passion for the environment, Arushi takes every opportunity to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and reduce waste. In an era where most youngsters are not motivated enough to take up green-causes, Arushi manages to capture their attention by speaking their language – videos, games, quizzing, give-aways and Green Talk sessions are some of her tools. Interestingly, she campaigns at food courts, cafeterias and high school football areas to spread environmental awareness. With the…

Khyati's Health O Meter
Dietitian speaks : How to stay fit and healthy during the party season

December is the month of celebration & parties but it also tends to be a time where we consume high fat & high calorie food. Here is a smart guide to make sure we stay in shape after the December party binge. During the party season… Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack before the party. Always eat normally on the day of a party. People who skip meals to save up calories tend to overeat everything in sight once they get there. Watch your portion sizes. Use a smaller plate ~ your mind will consider it a full plate regardless of its size! Pile your plate high with traditional seasonal vegetables such as red cabbage, carrots, sprouts and cauliflower. The more colors you have on your plate, the greater the variety of nutrients. Make a sweet potato mash with a hint of ground cumin.…

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Anaemia – Causes, Symptoms and Dietary Guidelines

What is Anaemia ? The blood in our bodies is composed of three types of cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) that circulate throughout the body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (Hb), a red, iron-rich protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to all of the body’s muscles and organs. Oxygen provides the energy the body needs for all of its normal activities. Anaemia occurs when the number of red blood cells (or the Hb in them) falls below normal and the body gets less oxygen and therefore has less energy than it needs to function properly. Signs & Symptoms It is common for people to ignore symptoms of anaemia or attribute them to other causes. Anaemia can make it hard to find the energy to enjoy hobbies or other leisure activities, or even to complete basic tasks at home or at work. Major symptoms of anaemia…

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Photos : Amazing India like you have never seen before!

India, as described by Time magazine, is a kaleidoscope of contrasts. The historical heritage and huge diversity in landscape, people and cultures makes it one of the most amazing countries in the world. Immagine, a non profit organisation based in Kerala, is seeking to weave that vivacious variety in a hand-picked collection of images that showcase the wonder that is India. The 29 images below are the award-winning entries representing every state of India from the 2014 India Weaved in Frames contest (Telangana, India’s newest state, wasn’t there in the inaugural contest). For the photographic enthusiasts out there, India Weaved in Frames photography contest has announced the second edition of this contest and is now inviting entries from the world over. Enjoy thse amazing photos representing 29 Indian states Arunachal Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Assam Bihar Chhattisgarh Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Himachal Pradesh Nagaland…

NRI Achievers
Want to save the world? This 15 year old will tell you how

Exclusive interview with Kehkashan Basu, the youngest Global Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Program “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” – Richard Rogers 15 year old, Kehkashan Basu, a Year 10 student at the Deira International School in Dubai, has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old. She has been working tirelessly to enlist the support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. In 2013 at the tender age of 12, she was elected as UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. Major achievements Her internationally acclaimed work on sustainability has resulted in…

NRI Achievers
Nikita Gandhi – Living the Culinary Dream

Exclusive interview with Nikita Gandhi, winner of MasterChef India 4 “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck On Sunday, 12th April 2015, Nikita Gandhi created history as the youngest winner of MasterChef India – the Indian version of world’s most popular cooking show. After 11 weeks and 67 episodes of hard work and nerve-racking challenges, Nikita had become the proud winner of MasterChef India’s golden coat as well as Rupees one crore prize money. Another significant achievement was when India’s biggest celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor selected one of her dishes to be added to the menu of his restaurant – Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. Originally from Gujarat, the 21-year-old business and finance graduate, was born and brought up in Abu Dhabi. Even though her parents were open about her career…