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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Shreya Das


Shreya is Deputy Copy-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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Jodhpur restaurant’s special Covid Curry and Mask Naan have left people intrigued
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

While the Covid Curry is a contemporary take on the malai kofta, with pointed crowns just like the novel coronavirus, the flatbread resembles a face mask.

A Taiwanese couple in their 80s have become Instagram’s latest fashion influencers — with people’s forgotten laundry
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

At Wan-Sho Laundry in central Taiwan, run by owners -- Chang Wan-ji, 83 and his wife Hsu Sho-er, 84 -- while most garments that come for cleaning go back after the services, the ones left behind, sometimes for years, have now started featuring on Instagram.

Meet the wildlife photographer whose photo of black panther-leopard couple is going viral
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Taken by wildlife photographer Mithun H, the image titled ‘The Eternal Couple’, features Saaya, the black panther and Cleopatra, the Leopardess who have been courting for four years.

Forest official enters 100-feet-deep dry well to rescue leopard in Karnataka, earns praise online
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Five days after it fell in the well, the leopard was finally rescued by the team of Karnataka forest department and later released into the wild.

Meet the Karnataka man who built his house of dreams in the shape of a camera
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Ravi Hongal, a professional photographer from Belagavi, has built his house in the shape of a camera whose photos have taken social media by storm.

‘A declaration of war’: Restaurant’s banner on biryani policy has foodies locking horns online
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

A popular Pune restaurant's banner on Biryani Policy has desi food lovers across the country defending their own cuisine online, while owner says it was done with a sense of humour and "not targeting any culture".

With no melas this Rath Yatra, jatra dols in Kolkata bear the burnt
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Considered one of the busiest times of the year, scenes are very different this year -- torn posters, closed gates and silent alleys greet people coming there. While most groups would book back-to-back shows for the Rath Yatra melas hosted widely in various towns, owing to pandemic everything changed.

Kolkata sweet shop makes herb-infused ‘Immunity Sandesh’ to battle Covid-19
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Launched earlier this week in June, the hexagonal sandesh features 14 ingredients known for boosting immunity.

Films speak a universal language: Bengali director whose Malayalam film made it to Cannes market
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

After three silent films, Bengali filmmaker Aneek Chaudhuri has helmed a Malayalam film — a first for someone from Bengal. The film is now part of Cannes 2020 and will be screened later this month.

Local cops remember the forgotten, with a daily lunch van
Thu, May 14, 2020

For little Tanima, seeing a whole egg on the plate, just for her, is something very special. She looks around to check if there has been some mistake. “Go on, it’s all yours,” the police personnel serving the hot rice and egg curry assures the 11-year-old.

Kolkata’s gurudwaras ensure daily food and rations for over 5,000 during lockdown
Thu, May 07, 2020

In association with Indian Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) Foundation, the Behala Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (BGPC) has been preparing fresh food in its community kitchens for over 5,000 people everyday and distributing them in and around the city for the last 45 days since the lockdown.

From Bengal, a Patachitra that narrates the story of the fight against coronavirus goes viral
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

A Patachitra on the pandemic by veteran artist Swarna Chitrakar from Paschim Medinipur in West Bengal, is going viral. She painted an elaborate seven-frame scroll and composed music with all relevant information in a over 7-minute long song.

Kolkata gets its first ‘disinfectant tunnel’ at iconic New Market
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

The walkthrough sprinkler uses Hydrogen Peroxide and not Sodium Hypochlorite.

A Kolkata sweet shop creates corona-misti to fight fear against the pandemic
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

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

US doctor is spreading joy during the coronavirus pandemic, one dance video at a time
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Dr Jason Campbell, the anesthesiologist at the Oregon Health & Science University has taken the internet by storm with his TikTok dance videos and his fans now include Hollywood star Hugh Jackman.

Chennai artist creates coronavirus-inspired helmet for cops urging people to stay home
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

A police official wearing a helmet made to look like the COVID-19 was seen interacting with people in Chennai and warned violators of the national lockdown what could happen to them if they contracted the virus.

Darjeeling’s iconic Glenary’s hands out food for free ahead of Covid-19 lockdown
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The eatery announced that it would hand out all its baked goods for free till stocks last. However, despite the shutdown it will continue to bake bread to supply to charitable organisations.

Kerala Police’s latest hit video on social media features a Mohanlal film song and Covid-19
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

The 'Kadavule Pole' song from Lucifer has been used and the actor in the video imitates Mohanlal's moves and dialogue. What's more remarkable is that all the actors in the video are policemen.

Watch: Singer’s Hindustani classical piece on coronavirus wins the internet
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Composed in Raga Basant and in Taal Addha-Teentaal, the musician created a piece telling people: "Let's work from home, but let's not freak out. Let's conquer Corona, before the havoc it'll wreak."

Delhi bar denies entry to woman wearing ‘ethnic wear’, owner issues apology after backlash
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

As the video went viral, the owner of the restaurant and bar apologised for the incident and said the "man in the video is a new team member and his opinion in the video is his alone and in no way a representation of my or the teams’ view on the dress code restrictions. "

‘Revolution will come’: This powerful video tribute to Shaheen Bagh protesters is going viral
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

A short-film by noted filmmaker Gitanjali Rao premiered on Faiz Ahmad Faiz's birth anniversary in an ode to the resilient women of Shaheen Bagh has created a buzz across social media platforms.

From children to elderly, thousands gather to form 11-km human chain in Kolkata
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

The chain was formed to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Population Register, and the proposed NRC, with people waving the Tricolour and reading the Preamble aloud.

Someone just made ‘maa ka gyaan’ cool, check out ‘Mother With Sign’ and the love it’s getting online
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

Over the past few days photos of Poonam Sapra, holding cardboard with handwritten messages has gone viral across social media sites, and people have loved not only the idea but found the advice way too relatable as their desi moms say the same.

Photos of a Delhi rickshaw transporting a blanket-covered stray dog go viral
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Twitter user Dr Vibhuti Gupta (@sevdazola) tweeted photos of a rickshaw in Delhi with the dog in the passenger's seat, wrapped in a blanket.

This Kerala couple’s unique pre-wedding photoshoot against CAA and NRC is going viral
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

G L Arun Gopi and Asha Sekhar, who are all set to tie the knot on January 31 in the new year, posed for their 'Save the Date' photos, holding placards with captions that read "NO CAA" and "NO NRC".