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Avantika Chopra


Avantika Chopra is a sub-editor at The Indian Express.

‘Coolest band ever’: These boys are winning the internet with their Bangla version of ‘Five Hundred Miles’
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

The song's cover by two young boys, Anwoy Chakraborty and Anwesh Kanjilal, went viral on social media after it was shared on Facebook by Anwoy's father Arindom.

‘It’s like jelly, melts in your mouth’: MP couple grows Miyazaki, world’s costliest mango
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

To qualify, the fruit has to meet strict criteria. Only those mangoes that fall off the tree are harvested. Of the harvested fruit, mangoes with the highest sugar content, weighing at least 350 grams with perfect, unblemished skin are considered the best quality.

‘Make weakness your strength’: Motivational speaker Girish Gogia on overcoming life’s adversities
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

A cliff-dive accident left him paralysed, but it also led to divine intervention and a complete change of thought

‘Ugliest phase of my life’: How Covid is leaving a permanent scar on mental health of elders
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

Isolating during Covid could trigger anxiousness, especially when interacting with family members is prevented, a situation often faced by patients recovering in hospitals and Covid wards.

Married at 15, a social media influencer at 76: Shanta Verma’s story shows dreams have no expiry date
Thu, May 27, 2021

Interestingly, Verma's Instagram account 'Mr._and_mrs._verma', which has a following of over 16,000 on the platforms, was initially named 'Gangsta Grandpa' to upload the humourous content of her husband.

‘We can’t just send condolences’: How ‘Team Avengers’ is helping Covid-affected families
Fri, May 21, 2021

Providing services in Gurgaon, Noida, Delhi, Gorakhpur, Jhansi among other places, 'Team Avengers' aims to bridge the gap created due to the pandemic and assist those in need

What to do when post-Covid symptoms linger months after recovery
Wed, May 19, 2021

As several cases of 'long covid syndrome' have been reported, doctors recommend covid patients to closely watch their symptoms post-recovery, follow a healthy diet and try going back to their usual routine to prevent psychological problems

‘Not ashamed of my scars’: Meet the amputee yoga instructor who is giving hope to others
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

As a young girl growing up in Barrackpore, West Bengal, Arpita Roy's life changed when she lost both her legs in an accident. Refusing to be cowed down, she overcame all challenges and is now motivating others.

Meet Odisha’s Bhagyasri Sahoo who impressed PM Modi with her Pattachitra art
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The idea of selling her handiwork online dawned upon Sahoo when she started painting on rocks during her college days. However, it was only last year in February that she started her venture.

Shimla’s oldest antiquarian bookstore struggles to stay afloat amid pandemic
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Illuminated with only three bulbs and a ray of light coming through a small window, the bookstore has hosted several foreign dignitaries and personalities like Edmund Hillary and Benazir Bhutto.

To highlight Covid-19 crisis, Assam artist creates Durga idol using medical waste
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Basak, who works with the Disaster Management Department in Dhubri, often had to visit drug stores to procure medicines as a part of his Covid-19 duty. During his visits, he observed that stores used to throw away its stock of expired medicines.

Textile sector poised to weave out of China, but can India spin a success yarn?
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Indian Textile Sector: Experts across the textile industry spoke to were unanimous that an embargo on Chinese textiles and apparel imports would augur well for the Indian textile industry since China has been dumping a lot of their products into the country at dirt cheap prices.

Virat Kohli as Togalu Gombeyaata, Dhoni as Bommalattam: This studio is giving IPL stars a traditional makeover
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

After mythical paintings of Dhoni, Kohli, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan, the next in line is Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in a Mughal painting adaptation and K L Rahul in a Wood Inlay art form from Karnataka.

Visually impaired people are signing petitions addressed to food delivery apps. Here is why
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

According to a study published by The Lancet Global Health journal, as many as 8.8 million people in India were found to be blind in 2015 and another 47.7 million people had moderate and severe vision impairment.

Wholesome meal for Rs 10: How this Delhi NGO is tackling hunger with dignity
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

A combined initiative by two NGOs -- Hamari Udaan and Action For Community Development Trust (ACT) -- 'Food with Dignity' (FWD) programme aims to ensure that a person is accorded the full dignity of a paying customer and not giving away food for free.

Meet the Odisha rapper who refused Bollywood to keep telling the truth to power
Tue, Aug 25, 2020

With his raw videos and gritty lyrics attracting attention online, Tandi has quit his job to focus on rap. “Earlier, people did not listen to such rap, but these days people are listening to me and are liking it.”

District doctor on leave, how this Mizoram MLA helped a woman deliver baby
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

"I told them to reach the civil hospital in Champhai and performed the surgery at 9.30 in the morning. The surgery was a success and both mother and child are now safe," he said.

Amid heavy rains, sanitation workers go beyond call of duty to report lost package in Chennai
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

When Selvi (49), Tilaka(43) and Nila (48) were winding up their routine cleaning work at Teynampet on August 9 at midnight, they came across an unclaimed carton box.

To beat lockdown woes, domestic worker turns entrepreneur with her food business
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

On the menu presently are only two dishes -- Mangalorean style Crab Curry and Reddy's chicken curry -- and orders are being taken only on weekends. However, Saroj plans to expand her little kitchen when she develops a regular customer base.

Just 20 feet away, how a budding photographer shot the black panther in Maharashtra
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Abhishek Pagnis, a Pune-based engineering student, considers himself quite lucky to be present at the moment the elusive black panther made an appearance.

Cop during day, teacher by night: SHO helps 12-year-old boy aspiring to join the police force
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

However, their journey has not been an easy one. With no designated classroom, chairs or desks at their disposal, the SHO looks for any well-lit area to conduct the classes.

Chennai cop helps domestic worker get back her job after she recovers from Covid-19
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Radhe Amma, who worked as domestic help for over 10-years at a complex in KK Nagar, Chennai, could not report to work for almost a month after contracting the disease. The job was her only source of livelihood.

From injecting disinfectants to consuming cow urine: Weirdest Covid-19 solutions from world leaders
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Politicians of all hues have come up with their own version of "cures", albeit without any scientific basis.

New audiences, lower revenue: Social media influencers on surviving the pandemic and lockdown
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Despite greater social media usage during the pandemic, influencers we spoke to said it has been an uphill battle. 

For school principal, new role becomes a lesson in management, and patience
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

When the shelter was also designated as a hunger relief camp a few weeks into the lockdown, Rani had her job cut out. With a staff of six at her disposal, she was prepared for the challenge.