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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.