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.

Makeover for 5 UP cities including Varanasi and Gorakhpur is on the cards
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Sources said the first step would be to develop major tourist attractions and places of worship in these cities, followed by renovation of railway stations.

Where Shamshad Ali becomes Ram: A new documentary highlights the Ramlila tradition in UP’s Kheriya
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Uttar Pradesh’s Kheriya is a village largely inhabited by glass bangle-making Muslim families.

Where Time Stands Still
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Going off the beaten track in the village of Guraidhoo in the Maldives.

In Their Footsteps
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

An exhibition in Delhi chronicles the influence the Jewish community has on Indian cinema, pop culture and architecture.

NYC & Company comes out to oppose Donald Trump’s travel ban
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

NYC administration is going to flash its tagline "All are welcome" across all major airports and also spread it through social media.

‘I see youngsters peering through the grills but not coming in’
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

NGMA Director General Adwaita Gadanayak on getting people to the gallery, collaborating with other cultural bodies and his Picasso plan

Bharat Parv: Enthusiasts head to Red Fort to see tableaux of various Indian states
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

While Thursday was a washout, people from different age groups came visited the Red Fort in droves on Friday.

After Abdul Kalam, 10 Rajaji Marg to house Pranab Mukherjee
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, the current occupant, confirmed that he has been asked to vacate the duplex bungalow.

Daulat ki Chaat for the Soul: A luxury rickshaw ride across Delhi-6
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

A newly launched rickshaw tour of Old Delhi takes you through all things spiritual and historical, with some food and shopping thrown in

‘Diners in London don’t just settle for curry anymore’
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

London-based bar Talli Joe, that takes off from the earthy flavours of India, has found a spot in the Michelin Guide 2017. Executive chef Sameer Taneja talks about the success story.

Haat Beat
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The latest edition of Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar lends a touch of Persian to all things made in India.

Men at Arms
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Paris-based filmmaker Vijay Singh’s latest tells the lesser-known story of Indian soldiers who defended the French borders during the First World War

Madam Tussauds’ India edition to be more local than international
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

The Delhi arm of Tussauds has worked out a unique 60:40 model for the Indian market, wherein 60 per cent statues will be replicas of local personalities and the rest will be international.

UP polls: BJP lines up events in Varanasi
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

This is the first time the cultural extravaganza will be held outside Delhi.

A train to heaven, through heaven: Chugging along in Switzerland’s UNESCO world heritage train
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Getting to the resort town of St Moritz is as awesome an experience on a UNESCO world heritage train as is enjoying the scenic beauty of the lake town.

‘I miss my father’s liveliness’, says Khushwant Singh’s daughter
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Khushwant Singh’s reclusive daughter, publisher-editor Mala Dayal, on her latest book and how her father would have responded to the India of today.

Yoga on UNESCO cultural heritage list
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

The delegation from India was led by Ruchira Kamboj, who called it “diplomatic triumph”.

From an old aerodrome to a Harry Potter studio: A trip inside JK Rowling’s magical world
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

How an old aerodrome in Leavesden is now Britain's new home for film production, where the latest Harry Potter flick - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - was shot.

CABC meets for first time, discusses promoting Indian culture across world
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Sources say the emphasis of the first meeting was on the promotion of tribal art and craft across the country.

Odisha artist who stone-sculpted ‘Dandi March’ to head NGMA
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

The Ministry of Culture had recommended Gadanayak’s name more than three months ago, and the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) finally approved it on Friday afternoon.

The Genius Behind the Camera
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

The recently concluded BFI London Film Festival, which saw more than 200 screenings and numerous talks and galas, was high on its intellectual and glamour quotient

At monuments, high-value entry ticket for ‘first class’ facilities
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

Besides separate queues, they will be offered free bottled water, an information booklet and separate washrooms.

Boycott Chinese goods… China makes money out of India and helps Pakistan: Baba Ramdev
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Ramdev was speaking at the Express Adda in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Raja of Photography
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

A new gallery in Delhi pans on the lives of the 19th century elite in India, as captured by their favourite lensman — Raja Deen Dayal.

Polythene ban at monuments to begin on October 2
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said that the a month from now the government shall start collecting fines from offenders.

Surgical strikes: Sri Sri congratulates PM Modi for showing ‘terrorists their place’
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

"Today, our jawans have shown terrorists their place."

Crafting an India Story
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

A show brings alive India’s textile traditions through modern digital mapping

Art on the Side
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

A new cafe in the heart of Delhi is ideal for meaningful conversations alongside fresh food.

Back to the Roots
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Gujarat-based Craftroots opens in Delhi, focused on textiles and craft

A French Diwali
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The 75-day-long programme, “Namasté France”, was inaugurated at the prestigious Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris on Thursday.

Women Transforming India contest: 104-yr-old is among 12 winners
Sat, Sep 10, 2016

The online campaign was launched on International Women’s Day this year by NITI Aayog, in partnership with MyGov and the United Nations in India.

Memorial for Sant Kabir ‘on lines of Taj Mahal, Red Fort’ in the making
Fri, Sep 09, 2016

The proposal was fast-tracked following a special request to the Prime Minister by Sharad Tripathi, BJP MP from Sant Kabir Nagar, in whose constituency Maghar falls.

PM Narendra Modi to be face of tourism in short films, on brochures
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

In fact, Modi’s popularity seems to have prompted the ministry to give up the idea of having a brand ambassador for its popular Incredible India campaign.

Patriotic fest Bharat Parv kicks off today at Rajpath
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

The security forces have already cordoned off the lawns, tents have been put in place, and a lot of stalls have been set up ahead of Bharat Parv, which kicks off on Friday.

Long Live the Blues
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Nicolas Tytgat, the grandson of iconic Belgian artist Peyo who created The Smurfs, on the importance of simple, idealistic stories in today’s troubled world.

Flying over the mysterious Nazca Lines in Peru is an experience to cherish forever
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

The Nazca Lines in Peru are believed to the greatest known archaeological enigma.