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A Kolkata sweet shop creates corona-misti to fight fear against the pandemic

Hindustan Sweets in Jadavpur has come up with coronavirus-inspired sandesh and cupcakes to raise awareness and dispel fears among people.

Written by Shreya Das | Kolkata | Updated: April 7, 2020 2:45:02 pm
coronavirus, coronavirus india, coronavirus sweets, corona misti, kolkata coronavirus sweets, hindustan sweets corona misti, coronavirus inspired food, covid 19 india update, indian express, kolkata news A sweets shop in South Kolkata’s Jadavpur area has come up with sweets in the shape of COVID-19 to create awareness. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Among the many dishes inspired by the COVID-19 virus, the newest are sweets from a popular outlet in Kolkata.

Hindustan Sweets, located in south Kolkata’s Jadavpur area has come up with desserts inspired by the shape of the virus that it distributed for free on Monday among its customers. The 70-year-old shop hopes it will dispel fear about the virus and will continue to hand them out for the next couple of days.

A big red coronavirus-shaped dish sat alongside the two new creations. The one-and-half kg dish was a variation of the famous kaju katli (barfi).

A dark pink dessert with light pink and white icing were cupcakes, while the yellow ones were Bengali sandesh made with chhana.

“Seeing the news about coronavirus all day, it must be quite frightening. Although people are being asked not to panic, the escalating numbers of positive cases and death can hardly provide any solace to anyone,” said Rabin Paul, the store’s owner.

Two varieties of the coronavirus-inspired desserts were put on display at the outlet — one cupcake and another sandesh. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

“There is this great fear that corona (virus) is eating us, so, through these sweets, we want to tell people we ‘shall digest corona’, in a way to reduce some stress,” the 80-year-old told The Indian Express.

“But it must be noted, in no way we are trying to claim that eating this sweet will solve the crisis. It’s just a way to raise more awareness and reduce some anxiety,” he added.

(Read this story in Bengali)

The store made around 200 pieces to be distributed on Monday but plans to reduce the number in the coming days.

coronavirus, coronavirus india, coronavirus sweets, corona misti, kolkata coronavirus sweets, hindustan sweets corona misti, coronavirus inspired food, covid 19 india update, indian express, kolkata news The owner said the sweets are there not to make profit so they won’t be selling it but will be distributed among all customers to raise awareness. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

When asked about people’s reaction to them, Paul said that while many customers said it “looked scary”, they appreciated the creativity.

“We want to do our bit and give as much back to society as possible. We have already donated Rs 1 lakh to the CM’s Relief Fund for COVID-19. During this pandemic, it’ll be an honour if we could be of any more help to the society. So, I have also written to Mamata Banerjee to let her know, I have a building near Dhakuria AMRI, and if needed for any quarantine facility, I will be happy to make it available for the state,” he said.

The owner said he has been reading reports that the government is also facing a shortage of disinfectant and he has a factory which produces Sodium hypochlorite and will be happy to provide any assistance if needed.

coronavirus, coronavirus india, coronavirus sweets, corona misti, kolkata coronavirus sweets, hindustan sweets corona misti, coronavirus inspired food, covid 19 india update, indian express, kolkata news A few sweets shops in the state have started to operate for few hours to curb wastage of milk. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Earlier, this month, the West Bengal government allowed sweet shops in the state to operate from noon to 4 pm every day. The government had allowed the shops to run with minimum staff during the nationwide lockdown to stop coronavirus outbreak, to curb the wastage of milk.

In March, a Hanoi restaurateur went viral for creating corona-burgers to spread some joy amid the pandemic.

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