Shreya Das

Shreya is Senior Sub-Editor at the online desk of Indian Express. She likes to write on social media trends, gender issues, art and culture. She is based in Kolkata. The author is an alumnus of Calcutta University and Jadavpur University. She has been writing for Indian Express Online since 2015.

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Articles By Shreya Das

The lonely, forgotten, women of Sunderbans: Bogged down by the mangroves and apathy

Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world visit the Sundarbans to have an undiluted nature experience. As a result, bringing in some scope of employment mostly for its female residents. However, jobs are not their only concern.

For voters in these Sundarban villages, this election is all about water

The demand of these Sundarban villages’ voters is pretty simple, all they want is an embankment by the Matla river, however, no party is promising to deliver that.

Stuck between penury and risky mangrove, Sundarbans’ honey hunters are bitter

For the villagers living in the delta islands of the estuarine territory adjoining the world’s largest mangrove forest with the biggest population of tigers anywhere, braving the beast is a daily routine, so are the tiger killings.

‘You ignored us, now we will ignore you’: Songachi’s sex workers on why they’ll vote NOTA

The problem isn’t just the indifference by political leaders across party lines. Many living in the alleys of the red-light area don’t have valid identify proofs. The lack of legal documents exposes them to bigger problems.

Why Dhaniakhali tant saris might become a thing of the past

As the yield of the powerloom is always a threat, the only thing working in favour of these weavers are the durability of their goods and their unique Resham paar designs, the signature of Dhaniakhali.

The quick brown dog that’s the first Indian breed to join the police

A rescued pup becomes the first Indian breed to be a part of an elite cop squad.

Yo Ho Ho, and a Bottle of Bangla: Kolkata is truly Tintin City

If you had any doubts over Kolkata’s cred as Tintin City, head to the Tintin and the Brussels Club, a restaurant that specialises in Belgian cuisine and is inspired by the intrepid reporter.

Year Ender 2018: Social media stars who ruled the Indian cyberspace this year

#Trending: The social media stars who got Indians talking in 2018 across social media platforms. From hilarious memes to quirky videos, here's who dominated online and why.

Kolkata: Kids football league kicks off with a bang

“The initiative is for all children where gender is no bar and the goal is to grow interest in the sport,” said Utpal Ganguly, secretary of the Indian Football Association (IFA), the state unit which is overseeing the league in the state.

Tamil Nadu engineering college tells students to stop playing PUBG in hostel

An official from the college justified the circular saying that they had received complaints from students.

Blind football tournament in Kolkata spells new hope for young talent

The special footballs used have bells inside them that tinkle to help the players navigate.

With mantras in Braille, textured facade of Durga, a special pandal in south Kolkata

The installation, designed by artist Pintu Sikhdar, allows visitors to discover through touch what many experience visually when they see an idol.

A Durga Puja pandal created for visually impaired devotees and visitors

The Samaj Sebi Sangha pandal is designed for the visually impaired – enabling them to fully “see” Ma Durga and the festivities

West Bengal: Yunnan comes alive in a Kolkata Durga Puja pandal

The organisers had expressed their wish to collaborate with the consulate last year, when Ma had visited their puja. The tie-up became official in March, when the organisers met him again and presented their plan and ideas.

Chalchitra & Patachitra – the fading art forms which form the backdrop of Durga Puja

The Durga Puja pandals and idols would be incomplete without the handiwork of Patachitra & Chalachitra artisans.

A Kolkata Durga Puja pandal pays tribute to sex workers

What was restricted to just soil from Sonagachi- an essential component for the making of Durga idols as an inclusion - has truly transcended into something more concrete and impactful.

Dada na, didi… a day in the life of Uber’s only female cab driver in Kolkata

Sushama Midde is breaking stereotypes and steering a new chapter for commercial drivers in the 'City of Joy' where female taxi drivers are still rare. The 30-year-old women from Belur in Howrah district is Uber's only female driver partner in Bengal.

Kolkata’s Rangrez community of colour dyers now stares at dark future

Originally from Rajasthan, the Rangrez community is now heading towards oblivion as this hand-dyeing professionals fight to survive in the world of machines and textile chemist & colourists.

Puja Pandal in Kolkata’s Salt Lake will have a strong Chinese flavour this year

Chinese Consulate Kolkata collaborates with BJ Block Sarodtsav Committee to showcase culture of Yunnan Province during this year's Durga puja.

Polish company introduces a new drink for the world — vagina beer

Dubbed as the world's first vagina beer, The Order of Yoni, made from the 'vaginal lactic acid of hot underwear models', went on sale from July 28 in some of Polish cities. While most women slammed them for the concept calling it "sick and misogynistic", others were concerned if it is safe for consumption.