Bhubaneswar, May 15 (LocalWire): When people across the world welcomed the new year on 1st January 2020, nobody had imagined the challenge to humanity’s existence this year would bring in its fold, affecting the life of every citizen as it had previously existed.
Stories, both brave and equally humbling, came to the fore: of doctors and nurses working round the clock, policemen self-isolating themselves to protect their family, countless healthcare workers, shop-owners, transport personnel, security personnel, risking their lives pursuing only one common goal: to keep things running as we know it so that life on the planet may yet continue.
Upon its inevitable spread in India, the country went into lockdown on March 22 and stayed so for at least 40 days.
The complete lockdown forced people to stay indoors as it never before had.
The lockdown forced many of us to look for ways to occupy the mind beyond daily, mundane tasks.
Those who could, took this opportunity to delve deeper within themselves, and come out with newer versions of themselves, blooming in their creativity and ingenuity.
One Mr. Bed Bikash of Mancheswar has managed to discover a new passion during the lockdown: building monuments out of paper.
Newspaper and glue come together in the skilled hands of Bed Bikash to form wondrous emulations of world-famous structures, some of which include the London Bridge, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the chariots of Lord Jagannath and the Black Pagoda.
“As I had a lot of spare time during the lockdown, I found that making craft out of newspapers helped me engage my mind.
I started off small, with pen stands and bouquets, and then moved on to architectural structures such as the Eiffel Tower of Paris,” he said.
At 26, Bed Bikash is the owner of a tea shop/variety store at Infocity, Patia. His family consists of his parents, elder brother, sister-in-law, and his nieces and nephews.
“The children have fun while helping me roll the newspapers, and it is a good occupation for them too.
It takes me nearly 4-5 hours to complete one model. When I uploaded the pictures on social media, I started getting a lot of requests from friends and relatives to make these structures for them too,” beamed Mr. Bikash.
It is believed that only great power can hold evil in check. However, it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay, small acts of kindness and love.
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