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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Avantika Chopra


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

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.

‘Song of Hope’: 60 doctors groove to ‘Happy’ to raise awareness on mental health
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

In a video, which has gone viral on social media, sixty doctors from across India grooved to the beats of Pharrell Williams’ popular song 'Happy'.

Delhi orphanages well-stocked for now, but say fall in donations a big concern
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Due to the lockdown, the flow of donors who regularly visited the orphanage to give funds and essential items has completely stopped for most orphanages.

Friends organise ‘virtual sangeet’ for couple who postponed wedding due to COVID-19 lockdown
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

The 1.58-minute clip, which has now gone viral, begins with the friends dancing to the beats of popular Punjabi track 'Na Dil De Pardesi Nu' by Mohammed Siddiq and Ranjit Kaur.

Andhra Pradesh cop rides horse painted with coronavirus images, draws flak online
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Though the aim behind the initiative was to spread information, it was met with a mixed response online as many did not approve of the paint applied to the animal.

Holidaying in times of coronavirus: On last flight to Bhutan, we were greeted with masks, hand sanitisers
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

While sanitisers and face masks seemed like a necessity in Bhutan, this did not seem to be the case at the Delhi international airport.

‘Travel without worry’: SpiceJet’s latest advisory in times of coronavirus draws flak
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Captioned, "Travel without worry", the leaflet quotes Harvard Medical School and World Health Organisation (WHO) to back their claim stating that the virus is "less infectious than the FLU".

‘I am a proud menstruating woman’: 28 women cook food at ‘Period Feast’ in Delhi
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Unsettled with the prejudicial treatment towards menstruating women, the feast was organised by Dr Surbhi Singh, the founder of 'Sachhi Saheli' to bust myths around the topic.

From BJP’s logo to listing negative traits of Nehru: Manipur class 12th question paper draws flak online
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

A clipping of the viral paper was shared by activist Angellica Aribam along with a caption that read, "Manipur Board asks the election symbol of BJP in Political Science paper and it carries 4 marks!".

How the next generation is reviving the age-old craft of weaving wool
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Organised by Khamir, a platform for the crafts, heritage and cultural ecology of the Kutch region of Gujarat, the four-day exhibition unfurls the traditional craft infused with contemporary designs made by artisans ranging from the age group of 18-60.

Meet the 94-year-old entrepreneur who says it’s ‘better to wear out than to rust’
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

What started off as a weekend business soon became an enterprise, with 94-year-old Harbhajan Kaur selling her specialities under the brand name Harbhajan's and the tagline "You'll remember your childhood".

A green affair: Bhopal family replaces wedding cards with potted plants
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

While giving out plants was a cumbersome task, the main challenge, according to Prateek was to make the procedure cost-effective and make people aware of the process.

11-year-old astronaut ‘moonwalks’ on streets of Mangalore and this is why
Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The video was initially shared on the Facebook page 'MCC civic group' -- a non-political group that raises awareness about civic issues. The video was shot by the group's co-founder Arjun Mascarenhas to highlight the plight of roads across the city.

‘She doesn’t look disabled’: Woman in wheelchair asked to stand up at Delhi airport
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

The episode, which lasted for around 20-minutes, left the 28-year-old emotionally drained. Though she was contacted by a senior CISF official Delhi, Arun Singh, who "apologised" and "expressed his regret", Modi thinks its not enough.

With real guns and handcuffs, 5 terminally ill kids turn Bengaluru police commissioner for a day
Wed, Sep 11, 2019

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, "They handled real weapons and played with real handcuffs. They sat on the police commissioner's chair and signed some papers. Moreover, the children also played with the K9 Squad (police dogs)."

Ola blacklists driver after Bengaluru woman shares harrowing experience of her ride
Sun, Dec 16, 2018

Hazari tweeted that she boarded the cab at 11.31 pm from the Bangalore airport. However, the driver took a separate route than the one suggested by the app to avoid the toll road.

The footpath in their area was too broken to walk, so they danced their way through it
Tue, Oct 30, 2018

To tackle the deteriorating condition of the footpaths in their area a group known as the Malleshwaram social in Bangalore decided to do their bit. Roping in some of the top dancers in the city they came out with an awareness video that struck a chord with many.

Mumbai’s maid-turned-comedian isn’t sure if she can go on for long
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Deepika Mhatre has been making waves in the comic scene, mines content from her real-life experiences of discrimination while working as a maid at upscale societies of Mumbai.

Six differently abled children who are here to change your perspective with music
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

While every child has to face their own battles, differently-abled children require a little help while doing so. It is not only the responsibility of parents, but also that of the society to make them feel more included and accepted in this world.