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.

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.

Built in 2007, homoeopathy institute in Noida is inaugurated after facelift and upgrade
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

All the facility received was a trickle of patients from the vicinity, and a single doctor to attend to 10-15 OPD patients sauntering in everyday.

In a Delhi Metro station corner, the gateway to a priceless collection
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

This is part of a new initiative by the National Museum to offer the Delhi Metro users a glimpse of its huge and priceless collection.

Yoga joins race for UNESCO honour, ‘sport’ tag a hurdle
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

According to UNESCO’s definition, “intangible cultural heritage” is manifested as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices, and traditional craftsmanship.

Elephants in the room
Mon, Nov 30, 2015

While the identical elephants are 18x21 inches in size, the highlight of the show is a life-sized elephant installation by Paresh Maity, titled Life’s Journey.

Second International Ramlila Conference comes to Delhi
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

The festival is also hosting art and craft demonstrations from different regions of India, sung traditions of folk and tribal communities, a shopping street and a food court where “ritual foods” are available.

On a Flight
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

British aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who is flying solo across continents, on her experiences and inequality faced by women

Central govt marks Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

A short film, which focussed on the scientific institutions established during Nehru’s regime, was also screened.

Not Just Ramnagar and Sitapur: Tracking Ram’s journey
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Ram’s journey from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram and beyond.

At first Sanskriti Mahotsav, a glimpse of 150 art forms
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

The first edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is underway with an aim "to promote, preserve and popularise India's rich heritage" over the next one week.

Past as Present: Christie’s sale has a new section on classical Indian art
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

In its third edition, Christie's India sale will offer classical artwork and antiques for the first time.

The golgappa gap: A day in the life of street vendors taking hygiene lessons
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

Cleanliness, grooming, new recipes, and nerves before an exam. A lot is on the plate of these 25

Call to March: Dandi Memorial Project is nearing completion
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

It’s time to embark on Dandi March once again.

Finland overhauls visa process for Indian visitors
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The visa centres will offer services such as on-site photographing, internet and most importantly, courier delivery across India once the visa decision has been made.

‘Artistes will find new metaphors’
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Delhi-based theatre person Maya Krishna Rao on returning her Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) award, why she did it now and what it signifies

Between the Needles and Nightfall
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

An installation at Mumbai airport’s T2 terminal embroiders the stories of strength and dignity of women in a small Azamgarh village

PM Narendra Modi honours legendary freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu from North-East
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Modi credited her with spreading the message of Mahatma Gandhi in the North-East, thereby connecting the thoughts of the rest of India with the North-East.

Vessel of Discontent: Thatheras in Punjab find themselves in a struggle for survival
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

In December last year, this unique craft found its way into UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), alongside Turkish art of marbling, and the Japanese technique of making hand-made paper, called Washi.

Independence Day 2015: Celebrate freedom with food this time
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

The first edition of govt's flagship food and culture event, Bharat Parv, kicks off in Delhi.

Free Wi-Fi at 25 monuments this year
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

The facility will be available free of cost for the first 30 minutes and thereafter, it is chargeable on the basis of additional usage.

Coming soon: ‘Noida in a nutshell’ experience for tourists
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

The project has been officially approved, but there is no timeline yet as to when the circuit will become operational.

Minister Mahesh Sharma on the ground, to see promises do translate into action
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Said to have been deputed by the PM himself, Sharma will now spend the first Saturday of every month there, listening to people’s problems and acting on them.

The Other Independence Day
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

An exhibition tells us why Jawaharlal Nehru initially mooted January 26, 1930, as India’s Independence Day.

Centre to set up institute for Saraswati river research
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

It is believed that the river — mentioned in Rigveda some 10,000 years ago — originated at Adibadri in Yamunanagar.

Restoration of Sher Shah’s Lal Darwaza begins
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

The entire process of restoration is going to take a year and the monument will be closed to visitors until then.