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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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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".

After pre-wedding shoot goes viral, Kerala gay couple say they wanted to show it was normal
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Their romantic photoshoot, captured in two parts, one at their home with their pet dogs and guinea pigs and the other out in a natural setting is giving #CoupleGoals to many online. Their love captured in the candid frames has also been coming in for a lot of appreciation.

Bengaluru school choir’s viral performance of ‘Believer’ impresses Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

After the video went viral it caught the attention of Imagine Dragons' lead vocalist Dan Reynolds. He tweeted saying it was "so beautiful", and thanked the teacher for sharing the video.

Desi groom skydives to join his baraat, video goes viral
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

The groom and wedding party had been notified about an approaching storm, but the idea of a skydive wasn’t dropped. He simply decided to take the plunge little earlier than planned to tie a knot with his bride.

Meet the Mumbai couple, who is running a food stall to support cook with paralysed husband
Sat, Oct 05, 2019

As they knew the woman would not accept any financial help from them, preserving her self-esteem, they thought it was best to use her skills and to help her earn money in a respectable way by setting up a food stall.

Saw this ‘astronaut’ on Bengaluru’s streets? Here’s why an artist made the video
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

Popular theatre actor and film star, Poornachandra Mysore, walked down the street in a silver spacesuit. The video quickly went viral across social media  with the artist and the actor getting a lot of praise online.

‘Indian cuisine is grand and complex, but needs elevation’: Chef Priyam Chatterjee
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

The chef from Kolkata, who recently became the first Indian chef to receive French honour, talks about his love for French and Bengali cuisine, and his dreams for the future.

After Bengal first rainbow wedding, murmurs of unhappiness, strong assertions of choice
Wed, Aug 14, 2019

The duo, who both underwent sex re-assignment surgeries, have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony earlier this month, grabbing headlines all across the world. As people across the globe cheered for their life together, within their community in the state, there has been criticism.

In the brothels of Sonagachi and Matiya, there is real life, and pain, beneath the makeup
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Trafficked or abandoned, the women have come to terms with their lives in the red light areas of Kolkata, and their stories are as real as they can be.

In times of Jai Shri Ram, TMC MLA commissions Ram-Sita idols
Wed, Jul 31, 2019

TMC’s Beleghata MLA Paresh Pal said the statues will be set up near Kadapara area. However, he didn’t give details and it is not clear how the statues will be used.

Inside the mind of Mumbai’s graffiti artist Tyler: ‘I am inspired by logic and common sense’
Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Mumbai-based street artist Tyler on his quirky takes on contemporary issues, painting walls as a form of social commentary and being compared to Banksy .