Divya A



Divya A reports on travel, tourism, culture and social issues – not necessarily in that order – for The Indian Express. She’s been a journalist for over a decade now, working with Khaleej Times and The Times of India, before settling down at Express. Besides writing/ editing news reports, she indulges her pen to write short stories. As Sanskriti Prabha Dutt Fellow for Excellence in Journalism, she is researching on the lives of the children of sex workers in India.

In fact: The politics of resurrecting regional icons and creating new ones
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

The strategy is in line with the longstanding BJP project to co-opt Indian national icons who have been outside the relatively narrow philosophical base from which the party arose.

I saw the sign
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Is the Mystery Spot in California actually a place on earth where the laws of physics don’t work?

Govt’s yoga junket, e-visa to popularise yoga abroad
Sat, Jun 18, 2016

As a first step in the direction of promoting yoga tourism, the government recently gave the nod to e-tourist visa to those coming for short-term yoga courses in India.

IGNCA chief says Nehru didn’t want Ambedkar in Constituent Assembly
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Rai added that he believed in “what Ambedkar had himself said during his Constituent Assembly address in November 1949”. “

Lost and often not found: Issues in India’s stumbling treasure hunt
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The United States has just handed over 200 stolen artefacts, but India has been losing antique items far more frequently than it has got them back, reports Indian Express.

On the anvil, trans-national Buddhist circuit from India to Nepal
Tue, May 31, 2016

The map of the Buddhist circuit as envisaged by the ministry comprises Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Kushinagar in Bihar, Sarnath, and Shravasti in UP, along with Kapilavastu and Lumbini in Nepal where Buddha was born.

Fourth batch of Netaji files released online
Sat, May 28, 2016

One of the files from the PMO has some missing pages, which was noticed by an official in the Indira Gandhi regime, but no investigation was carried out.

Centre plans 4 museums in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
Thu, May 19, 2016

Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has recently approved a Rs 100-crore museum for Noida — his constituency.

The Secret Isle: Discovering Staten Island’s rich history
Wed, May 18, 2016

New York City’s fifth borough - Staten Island - has many opportunities for fun in the sun, with a side of history and culture too.

Tourism ministry’s ITDC hotels to use khadi bedsheets, toiletries
Tue, May 17, 2016

The ministry is also looking at other options to promote products manufactured by khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

‘Stone age’ in Delhi, courtesy a unique public art project
Mon, May 16, 2016

Talking about his sculpture made of black stone, Gadanayak says, 'Be it Mecca or Jerusalem or Jagannath Puri, all these spiritual places attach a lot of importance to stone.'

‘Incredible India’: With holidays approaching, tourist helpline gears up to handle surge
Tue, May 10, 2016

Executives at the Noida-based call centre who handle the helpline, say they’ve received queries on everything from smartphones, discounts at restaurants to courses on tourism.

Behind Air India’s khadi uniform proposal, a letter from BJP chief Amit Shah
Sun, May 08, 2016

Sources said that Sharma — who also has independent charge of the tourism and culture ministries — is learnt to have instructed his other two ministries to think of ways to promote and use khadi.

Govt declassifies 25 more Netaji files, announces to build a memorial soon
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

The documents consist of five files each from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Home Ministry, and 15 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period between 1956 and 2009.

Amid encroachments and vandalism, 18th century Zafar Mahal in sorry state
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Despite the monument being declared a national heritage site by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the 1920s, surrounding buildings are slowly eating up its space.

Biggest allocation — Kumbh gets a Central boost: Rs 100 cr to Madhya Pradesh
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

State has already spent Rs 3,400 cr, total expenditure may reach Rs 5,000 cr

Government rejigs IGNCA board, draws Congress ire
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Ram Bahadur Rai, former news editor of Hindi daily Jansatta, replaces Chinmaya Gharekhan.

Passage to Malmö
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Recalling a time when crossing over the Oresund — from Denmark to Sweden — was a joy ride.

French honour for Express columnist C Raja Mohan
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Raja Mohan, while thanking the French Ambassador, spoke on the importance India accords to its diplomatic partnership with France.

The elusive Saraswati River: What the long search has found
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Govt’s expert panel on Saraswati is the latest in a long line of initiatives to trace the course of the stream mentioned in the Rig Veda.

Varanasi: ‘Pandas’ to be called paryatak mitras, trained in soft skills
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

Besides spoken English and etiquette, the first group of 200 pandas and boatmen has also been imparted knowledge on some important keywords and phrases in foreign languages.

PM Modi wants revamp of govt magazines
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Antim Jan, a Hindi monthly magazine produced by GSDS is one of the magazines Modi is said to be unhappy about.

Great food cuts across national boundaries
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, who recently opened his first signature restaurant in Asia, on the accident that changed his life, his signature dish and why he named his daughter India.

All that glitters is bronze
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The new Bronze Gallery at National Museum is a tribute to Indian metallurgy from over 1,500 years ago to present times

At event to celebrate 10th century philosopher, speakers discuss tolerance, Kashmir issue
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Jitendra Singh, Udhampur MP and MoS (Independent Charge) for DoNER and PMO, started his address with a reference to the intolerance debate. “Can tolerance be the virtue of those who don’t have the strength to be tolerant,” he said.

UN heritage nomination: How Ahmedabad beat Delhi, Mumbai
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

The results of this year’s nomination will be announced in June 2017.

Easiest to get drugs in Goa, but Punjab branded drugs capital, says Sukhbir Singh Badal
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Badal was responding to questions on the drugs crisis in his state at the latest edition of Express Adda in Delhi, which he attended.

Govt to nominate Ahmedabad for UNESCO world heritage city tag
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

The Culture Ministry is supposed to officially endorse a nomination before it can be sent to UNESCO. (\\

Several writers including Nayantara Sahgal to take back Sahitya Akademi award
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

As many as 35 eminent writers had returned their Sahitya Akademi awards late last year, citing growing tolerance in the country.

Govt mulls new e-visa rules: Multiple visits, 180-day validity in the pipeline
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Currently, citizens of as many as 113 nations can obtain electronic visa for their travel to India for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Past Forward
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

The aggressive man-lion avatar of Vishnu and its famous dramatic fight with an evil king has inspired the latest exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Proposal to name Mandi House circle after 10th-century Kashmiri philosopher
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

The Delhi-based Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre has major plans to mark the 1,000th death anniversary of the sage, who passed away on January 4, 1016, in Kashmir.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum provides visitors an insight into the tragedy that shook the world
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The 9/11 Memorial Museum exhibits 23,000 images, 10,300 artefacts, close to 2,000 oral histories of those killed – mostly provided by friends and families – and over 500 hours of video.

At National Museum, exhibition for those who can’t see
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

Experts at the National Museum in Delhi were brainstorming alongside representatives from Unesco and volunteers from an NGO to create a permanent art showcase for the visually impaired in the capital.

On Another Note: These carollers showcase the true spirit of Christmas
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Ahead of Christmas, a bunch of underprivileged schoolkids from Noida are regaling the guests at a five-star hotel in Delhi.

BJP to observe ‘Good Governance week’
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

The programme is being undertaken by BJP’s Good Governance Cell, under the party’s national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.