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.

Never leave home: Finding a slice of India in Mauritius
Sun, May 20, 2018

Mauritius echoes the spirit and resilience of India. The Indo-Mauritius people constitute 70 per cent of the population today. Out of this, more than 30 per cent are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with Bhojpuri as their mother tongue.

President appoints mumbai sculptor as Lalit Kala Akademi chief
Sat, May 19, 2018

The 61-year-old’s notable works include several busts of Swami Vivekanand, Bhimrao Ambdkar, Veer Savarkar and Chhatrapati Shivaji that have been installed at various public places across India.

Boat rides at Purana Qila won’t return once moat is revived
Wed, May 16, 2018

Officials said the the lake will be recharged during the monsoon with rainwater. “If the monsoon this year is not good, we will talk to the Delhi Jal Board to supply water to the moat,” said an ASI engineer.

Zero at the Centre: The stone that will become the symbol of modern Nagpur
Sun, May 13, 2018

The stone that is invaluable to Nagpur’s history and legacy. The Zero Mile has been designated as a monument by the Maharashtra Tourism. It was built by the British during the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India, in 1907.

Govt set to expand Buddhist tourism circuit to 21 more states
Sat, May 12, 2018

A total of Rs 362 crore has been sanctioned so far, of which Rs 75 crore has been cleared for Madhya Pradesh under the Ministry’s Swadesh Darshan scheme.

Finding God in the Everyday
Fri, May 11, 2018

Born in Karkala, a small town in Karnataka, Vasudeo Kamath grew up in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. As a child, he used to draw lines on the walls and floors of his house, representing trains running on tracks.

65th National Film Awards: 50 skip film awards saying want it from President, not Ministers
Fri, May 04, 2018

An estimated 50 of the 125 awardees refused to attend the event protesting that, contrary to what their invitation said, they were not going to receive the awards from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Corporates and heritage: dos and don’ts
Tue, May 01, 2018

Post adoption, the legal status of a monument remains the same, the company will only maintain the site.

For Posterity’s Sake
Tue, May 01, 2018

The Lalit Kala Akademi plans to digitise and archive the 5,000-odd artwork in its repository

Amid some politics, Red Fort is ‘adopted’ by a company
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

The initiative was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on September 27 last year. So far, 93 monuments have been identified by the Ministry of Tourism for this initiative.

Ram Temple case: New VHP chief for govt stepping in if SC gives ‘adverse order’
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Alok Kumar said the Supreme Court’s judgment on SC/ST Act has caused discontent among Scheduled Castes. “I believe this Act should not be diluted. I am satisfied that the government has opted for a review,” said Kumar.

Two for One
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Got a day to spare on your trip? Add another country to the itinerary while planning for one.

Where Stars Trek: Bear sightings in the Yosemite National Park
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Even if bears elude you, the sights and sounds in the Yosemite National Park in the US will have you hooked.

The Language of Cinema
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Movies made in Assam are going to the Cannes Film Festival,” said filmmaker Shekhar Kapur in his opening address at a press meet to announce the winners of the 65th National Film Awards in Delhi.

Taj Mahal’s decorative features’ damaged in heavy rain
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

A 10-foot pillar crashed while parts of the structure near two of the entry gates were damaged, said officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which manages the World Heritage Monument.

A Tribal Way of Life
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Hallmarked products, created by tribal artisans from 28 states, to be retailed online

Joint Secretary ML Srivastava appointed as Lalit Kala Akademi protem chairman
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

With the term of Bengaluru-based artist CS Krishna Setty as administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi ending on Thursday, the Ministry of Culture has appointed Joint Secretary ML Srivastava as protem chairman.

An Urban Oasis: The 50-odd wildlife refuge centres across US hold lessons for the whole world
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

It is open to visitors, who can make a trip to the refuge any day of the week, before sunset, and enjoy short guided hikes with birds of all kinds keeping company.

Renowned dancer tipped to head Kalakshetra Foundation
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Currently, former CEC Gopalaswami is the chairman of the governing body.

Filmmaker, retired IPS quit board of Indira Gandhi arts centre
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Both Chandraprakash Dwivedi and K Aravinda Rao were brought on the Board by the NDA government in 2016 after it dissolved the panel under Chinmaya Gharekhan.