We Indians love our mithai. ‘Muh meetha karna’ is like our birthright. Well, Kolkata is the ultimate abode in the nation when it comes to mithai. The sweets in Kolkata are word famous. So when the nationwide lockdown was announced, the sweet shops in the city faced a major blow. But now when sweet shops are declared as essentials and kept open for limited hours with limited staff, it’s definitely the right time to not only take away some mithai but to eat it too. But here’s where things get bizarre, a sweet shop in Kolkata is making coronavirus sandesh, which went viral on social media. The sandesh shaped like COVID-19 is rubbing people the wrong way.
What’s In It?
The West Bengal Government has permitted sweet shops in Kolkata to remain open for four hours daily. The apex body of sweetmeat outlets threw light on the issues of milk wastage and jobless staff. Around 2 lakh litres of milk procured for preparing sweets was thrown into the drains during the lockdown in the city, as sweet shops were shut. Now, the shops have been given permission to stay open from 12 pm to 4 pm with only a few staff members and only for takeaway orders and deliveries. Lately, social media has witnessed an interesting photo of sandesh made in the form of coronavirus, which went viral on the internet. The milk sweet in the form of COVID-19 is placed on display in a sweet shop in Kolkata for sale.
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The photo of Kolkata’s Coronavirus Sandesh was shared by a Twitter user and it created ripples on the internet. While the picture of this ‘novel’ sandesh didn’t look so mouthwatering, it, however, does look like a lot of effort has been put into crafting this. The expressions of people were varied while some were like ‘why?’ others went all ‘ewww’. And most people agreed it’s not a good idea to witness the deadly virus in the form of a sweet. A report published in Anandabazar Patrika, a well-known Bengali daily revealed that a famous sweet shop, Hindusthan Sweets in Jadavpur came up with this corona sandesh.
The owner of the sweet shop stated to the daily that they prepared this sweet to spread awareness on COVID-19. They have been distributing this corona sandesh free of cost, to make people aware of this dangerous virus. The owner Rabin Pal states that they will be printing do’s and dont’s to keep the virus at bay on the sweet packets. So anyone up for this sandesh? The sweet city Kolkata Is Also Named Safest City In India, Second Time In A Row.