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.

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.

While Nalanda was most challenging, Chandigarh wasn’t easy either, says Ruchira Kamboj
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Ruchira Kamboj, who led the Indian delegation at UNESCO, on the intense and long process that went behind the record feat.

Life After Bollywood
Wed, Jul 20, 2016

In her last years, the singer remained largely forgotten.

Government to approve e-visas for MICE delegates
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had earlier turned down the Tourism Ministry’s request to grant e-tourist visas to the meetings, conferences and events (MICE) delegates, citing “security concerns”.

After hiccups, Nalanda varsity ruins get UNESCO World Heritage tag
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

This is significant in view of objections UNESCO had raised over the 200-page dossier India submitted last year.

Fading Notes
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

At 80, iconic singer Mubarak Begum is bedridden and has no recollection of her heydays. Will the industry or the government come forward to help her?

Delhi’s ambitious public art project gathers dust
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Just about two months ago, the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) had collaborated with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for a unique public art project for Delhi.

Ahead of UP polls, Rs 300 crore for religious tourism
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

Under the Ramayana and Krishna circuits, projects worth more than Rs 300 crore have been approved in principle for Uttar Pradesh, said a ministry official.

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.