Pune is a vibrant cultural city and home to people of various religious denomination and demoninations. It also hosts various national festivals and cultural events throughout the year. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi falls on Saturday 11th September in 2010. Continue reading
Dasara (Dussehra in North India) is a 10-day festival in South India, culminating on Vijayadashami or tenth day. In Karnataka, Dasara is observed as State festival – Nadahabba. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival and the festivities here are famous, attracting tourists from all over including foreigners.
Mysore Dasara in 2010 will be celebrated from 8th to 17th of October. Continue reading
Chennai has a rich tradition of classical music. Carnatic music enjoys well informed & sophisticated audience. Chennai Sangamam brought classical music to the open. To the commoner it came without any cost, thanks to the top line carnatic classical artists who gladly sang in the parks & beaches.
The classical tradition is an ancient & sophisticated art from stretching back over thousands of years. Originating in the temples & performed by the devadasis, the classical styles have been associated with mythology, philosophy & spiritual beliefs of the Hindu culture and in more recent times, the Islamic tradition, classical dance has its roots in the Natya Shastra, the earliest known written text on comprising speech, mime, dance & music and lays down the principles governing technique & aesthetics.
Chennai music & dance festival is a celebration of classical music & dance of South India (Carnatic Music) held during mid December to mid January in the capital city of Chennai. Continue reading
Diwali Celebrations in Hyderabad
Expats are always inquisitive about Indian culture and festivals. One of such guests Mr Michael was in Hyderabad during Diwali and stayed at our service apartment.
We got his apartment decorated with candles, lamps and Rangoli of flowers (auspicious motif) . We also gifted him an ethnic Kurta from FabIndia & explained him the significance of the festival of lights. He really enjoyed every bit.
Another pair of expat guest was treated for a traditional Indian Dinner on the occasion of Diwali.
An Indian (Bengali) family had their daughter marrying an American boy and the reception was to be given in Hyderabad. All their Indian & American guests came down for a span of a week. The entire wedding party stayed at two of our service apartments in Hyderabad. All the arrangements for their stay, transportation, logistics along with deciding on the menu for all the days & wedding occasions were done by Alcove manager and staff without any service charges. They appreciated that Alcove went out of the way to show care & make them happy & comfortable.
Helping a guest undergo Retinal Operation
One of our Expat customers from IBM had to undergo an eye surgery in Sagar Apollo hospital in Chennai due to retinal detachment. I was personally present there at hospital & helped him to get discharged from the hospital and brought him back to the service apartment in my car. I then trained my staff on precautions that need to be taken post operative recovery, like boiling water, sterilizing cotton for cleaning his eye, ointment application; special diet as per doctors recommendations. I always gave him a homely feeling that made his recovery faster.
He sent me an email expressing his delight that he could get personal care in Alcove Service Apartment in Chennai.
Guidance on Indian education system to a guest
One of our guests in Service Apartment in Koramangala, Bangalore, Dr. Raman from HP US had come down to India on an official trip accompanied by his family to explore the possibility of relocating to India. He was not very happy with the existing education system in US, hence wanted to explore the Indian education system.
I, being from teaching background, could give him valuable insights on the education system prevalent in India. I spoke about traditional and holistic education approach in India. Also gave him references of parents who had similar concerns & had kids of same age group being studying in different schools. This helped him make his decision to come back to roots.
He now recommends Alcove Service Apartments to all his friends