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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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100 years of Satyajit Ray: Artist pays poignant tribute to the legend, reimagines his films posters amid Covid times
Mon, May 03, 2021

Mumbai-based artist and short-filmmaker, Aniket Mitra reimagined ten of Ray's iconic films amid Covid time, and the posters have taken social media by storm. Keeping the original typography of Ray intact, he has portrayed present scenarios apt for each film's title.

A mask that grows into a tree: Why this idea from Mangaluru has become a pandemic hit
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

For founder Nitin Vas the product and the company are much bigger than just making eco-friendly goods as his project generates employment in and around Pakshikere hamlet of Dakshina Kannada district

Library in a fridge: Kolkata teacher finds new way to inspire reading
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Patuli street library goes viral, couple now want to recreate success in other locations.

‘Wonderful, stressful’: Adil Teli who cycled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in just 8 days
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Aiming to break a Guinness World Record (GWR) of the fastest K2K journey, 23-year-old man from Budgam pedalled the nearly 3,600 km journey in just eight days, 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Tamil Nadu cop stops biker on highway, the kind reason is winning the internet
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Arun Kumar Moolya, who is popularly known as 'AnnyArun' on the internet, said he is glad their collective efforts have moved people online.

Women’s Day special: 5 Indian cartoonists who are making waves through feminist art
Mon, Mar 08, 2021

International Women's Day 2021: Incisive, funny and fiercely feminist cartoons, these artists don’t pull any punches.

‘Working from Cycle’: Three friends pedal from Mumbai to Kanyakumari without giving office a miss
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Bakcen George, Allwyn Joseph and Ratish Bhalerao decided to give a whole new meaning to Work-From-Home with their month-long cycling trip in the midst of the pandemic.

Kolkata’s only samovar tea shop is all about keeping the old brew steaming
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

At Bentinck Street’s 98-year-old shop the copper samovar pulls in hundreds every day for it unique taste and health benefits.

Newlyweds get praise after cleaning Karnataka beach before honeymoon
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Anudeep and Minusha Hegde rolled up their sleeves, got some garbage bags and cleaned up a beach in Karnataka soon after their wedding.

Love in the time of pandemic: Age does not come in way of couple talking up a new life
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

Finding love for the second time -- it was nothing but a fortunate stroke of serendipity as to how Tarun Kanti Pal, 66, met his newlywed wife 63-year-old Swapna Roy.

Man posts photo wearing red lipstick after mother’s shaming, gets praise online
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

A Kolkata resident posted a picture of him wearing red lipstick after he said his mother was shamed for it. The post has earned him plenty of praise and support on social media.

The silver lining: Cyclone and lockdown help Bengal village become new tourist magnet
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

Bortir Bill, a vast wetland surrounded by farmlands in 24 Parganas (North), located between Barasat and Barrackpore, has seen a huge influx of visitors in the recent past.

Flipkart apologises after official handle tells customer Nagaland is outside India
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

The e-commerce giant deleted the controversial reply to a comment, but by then many had taken screenshots that were widely shared on social media and prompted outrage.

Netizens impressed by Kerala grandmother who uses a laptop to read news
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Her grandson who posted the pictures online said she has been reading news online for the past one month, after the family had to cancel the physical newspaper owing to Covid-19 fears, and she loves to read the newspaper.

Meet Anmol Bakaya, the YouTuber who chanted ‘Modiji’ for 24 hours on PM’s birthday
Sat, Sep 19, 2020

"To be really honest, all the plans that I had went out of the window after first 12 hours, because till that point I was thinking 'Oh, it will be cool and fun to just do it', but time slowed down immensely," he said talking about his experience.

Music producer turns Kokilaben’s dialogues into a rap song, video is breaking the internet
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Singer-music producer Yashraj Mukhate, who often creates musical covers and spoof videos decided to use dialogues from earlier Star Plus show 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' and give it a musical twist.

‘Stunning’: Youngsters in Maharashtra village create eco-friendly Ganesh portrait in a farm, video goes viral
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Pratik Tandale and his group of friends, all in their early 20s took on the mammoth task to create the big painting on the farm, which the artist said took around 45 days to finish, to spread festive cheer amid pandemic.

Meet the Chennai artist attempting world record by making Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait using coffee
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Sivaraman Rajalingam, in a solo-attempt tried to break the previous Guinness World Record for the largest coffee painting by drawing 74 faces of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of 74th Independence Day.

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.