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.

Measuring Up
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

The fashion industry welcomes the Textiles Ministry’s move to have a standardised Indian size for ready-made garments

On a wing and a harness: Putting the spotlight on zipline adventures
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Enjoy stunning bird’s eye views with zipline adventures.

Cloth, idea, brand: What is khadi, to whom does it belong?
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

KVIC has argued that khadi is a specific type of product created by a specific process, which is different from factory-made cotton garments.

Madhur Bhandarkar and Subhash Ghai to participate in a film festival to promote ‘Indian-ness’
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The film festival organised by the Bharatiya Chitra Sadhana begins at Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium today. Those participating in the festival include filmmakers Subhash Ghai and Madhur Bhandarkar, who will be holding two separate masterclasses on The Art of Directing.

Art Fare: The first edition of International Kala Mela offers a platform for lesser known artists
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

The first indigenous art fair of its kind, organised by the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi, the inauguration of International Kala Mela was done by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

Taj Mahal to cost more: Ticket rates up, mausoleum entry to cost; visits capped at three hours
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

The proposal was prompted by a minor stampede at one of the entry gates of the monument in the last week of December 2017. It was also aimed at protecting the Taj from any damage owing to excessive footfall.

Kannada writer Chandrashekhara Kambara elected Sahitya Akademi president
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

He has been conferred with the Padma Shri, Kabir Samman and Kalidas Samman, besides being a nominated member of the Karnataka Legislative Council.

Painting copy charge creates flutter at Lalit Kala festival
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

A Facebook post by Hyderabad-based art curator Koeli Mukherjee Ghose accused the artist, Lekha Sabharwal, of copying the work of veteran artist Parameshwar Raju, and demanded that the works be taken down.

Israel is leading the way when it comes to the world’s vegan movement
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

'A week or two after returning to India, as we were trying to soak in the phenomenon of veganism in Israel, we came across a headline in the Jerusalem Post: “Veganism Set to Top Culinary Trends of 2018 With Israel at The Helm!” Yes, you bet!'

Questions over tender for Purana Qila upgrade
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

At the time, NBCC had said that they wanted to spend the funds to redevelop the ticketing counter, visitor facilities, horticulture and build toilets at the site.

New find in Purana Qila pushes Delhi history back by centuries
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

The present citadel at Purana Qila is believed to have been built under Sher Shah Suri. But according to ASI's Vasant Swarnkar, the excavations — the last one was in 2013-14 — point to traces from the 3rd century BC, the pre-Mauryan period.

Remains of the Day
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

After digitally restoring paintings at the Ajanta Caves for 27 years, artist-photographer Prasad Pawar presents his works in an exhibition for the first time

Contemporary art meets history as part of a year-long exhibit at Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

The 'Sculpture Park' at the famed Madhavendra Palace inside the Nahargarh Fort aims to turn the entire venue into an art gallery, with sculptures displayed indoors as well as outdoors. Curated by Peter Nagy of Delhi's Nature Morte gallery, the exhibition comprises artworks by 16 Indian and nine international artists.

Shush, nanny is here: A helping hand on long flights
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

An extra pair of hands on long flights for young children.

Taj Mahal rush: Visitors to be capped at 40,000 a day, each visit 3 hours
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

These are among several crowd-management measures at the Taj Mahal that the Ministry of Culture intends to take this week.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Madame Tussauds’ India edition offers a perfect opportunity to pose with the most sought-after celebrities — and that’s it

The Cosmic Leela
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

The theme of cosmic lila is presented through categories such as Brahman - the origin of the cosmos, and its evolution through the concepts of shabda - the word, dhvani - the sound, nama - the name and rupa - the form.

Lalit Kala ex-chairman under scanner: ‘No one contacted me about CBI probe’
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

“I have no reason to believe that this is political vendetta although some of my friends... feel otherwise, since I have been very vocal about defending the idea of India,” former Lalit Kala chairman Ashok Vajpeyi said

Newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi is like Paris’ Musee Du Louvre’s sibling
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

The newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi is more of a sibling to Paris’ Musee Du Louvre than an identical twin. It gives equal importance to Asian and European art

Govt to CBI: Probe Lalit Kala Akademi ‘irregularities’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The ministry’s letter mentions complaints against ex-chairman Ashok Vajpeyi regarding misappropriation of government funds.