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Tuesday, February 18, 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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‘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 .

Mahesh’s Rath Yatra: 623 years of history and an iron chariot
Thu, Jul 04, 2019

Referred to as ‘Naba Nilachal’, meaning new Puri, and considered to be the second oldest chariot festival in the world, Mahesh draws a gathering of over two lakh devotees every year.

Meet Angus Duncan, the man in the viral video making jhalmuri outside the Oval
Sun, Jun 16, 2019

British chef Angus Denoon Duncan who makes the Bengali snack in London talks about how he fell in love with Kolkata street food and his sudden burst of fame.

The lonely, forgotten, women of Sunderbans: Bogged down by the mangroves and apathy
Thu, May 16, 2019

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
Thu, May 09, 2019

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
Sun, May 05, 2019

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.