From face shields to shoe covers, temperature checks to oximeter assessments, a temporary halt on facials and manicures to a compulsory hairwash before a haircut — salons in Bengaluru are putting in place a new post-lockdown protocol to draw back customers.
Until the lockdown confined him to his one-bedroom house in north Bengaluru, Kumar would be on the road for 15 hours a day in his Maruti Swift Dzire. “We had seen jail on TV before, but this is what it must feel like,” he says over the phone.
By freezing up the world, the novel coronavirus has made us look at it anew. Like the sudden views of the Himalayas from Saharanpur or Jalandhar, we unfog our eyes and look at the architecture of our lives.
Since March 23, @covid19awarenessgok, a verified handle on TikTok, has posted videos of Kannada actors like Puneeth Rajkumar asking people to stay home and, of course, Manjamma berating fellow villagers for violating lockdown rules.
Hidden behind the grim statistics of death and mounting cases of COVID-19 is another heartwarming number: of those who tested positive, yet battled the virus and more, and came out winning. The Sunday Express tells their stories — from a choreographer in Bengaluru who can’t wait to get back to her dance studio to a student in Surat who used her time in isolation to reflect on life, family and friends
Ektara, founded by Hindi poet and editor Sushil Shukla and Shashi Sablok, publishes Hindi books, creates posters and brings out two magazines for children, Pluto and Cycle, treats kids as equals and speaks to them about almost everything — poetry and nature, art and atheism, science and sexuality
It began when the BJP MLA from Bijapur, Basangouda Patil Yatnal, called H S Doreswamy a “fake freedom fighter” and a “Pakistani agent” last month, seeking proof of his involvement in the Independence movement.
The UK-based debutante writer, who trains the lens on poverty in her refusal to explain India to her Western readers, rues that the only Indian writers people in the UK have read are Booker Prize winners, and how it's still difficult for writers of colour to get published