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.

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.

In run-up to UP elections, it’s Ram and Krishna all the way
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

An official from the Tourism Ministry told that while several religion-based tourism circuits were announced earlier this year, including the Jain Circuit, Muslim Circuit and Sufi Circuit, the Ramayana and Krishna circuits are being given precedence, for now.

Tourism Ministry to do its bit in promoting yoga
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The Ministry will also organise a mega event to release a special booklet on yoga on June 19, marketing yoga as a niche tourism offering.

Riddle Me This
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

An interactive exhibition for children at the National Museum, replete with tunnels, riddles and puzzles, moves away from everything virtual

Capital’s reluctant search for Heritage tag
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

The Centre has ‘postponed’ the bid to be a UNESCO World Heritage City. Why? And what happens now?

Retirement apartments: Senior living in India comes of age
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

The concept of senior living has picked up and several developers are looking to cater to the segment that comprises 100 million people.

Government to offer MBA degree in tourism
Mon, Jun 01, 2015

The course commencement dates and fee structure are still being finalised, said the ministry official.

India partners with American NGO to meet its maternal health goals
Thu, May 28, 2015

Engender Health - a leading global women's health organisation will develop stickers containing pictures of all modern family planning methods.

Preserving India’s ‘gold fish’ Mahseer, one of the 20 mega fishes of the world
Wed, May 27, 2015

A nationwide programme focused at the conservation of mahseer was launched recently. It is aimed at spreading awareness about the mighty fish, which weighs up to 26 kg and grows up to nine feet.

We are the World
Mon, May 25, 2015

An exhibition captures the bonhomie and grandeur of first Asian Relations Conference organised by Jawaharlal Nehru.

Click & Fly to India
Wed, May 20, 2015

E-tourist visa, or e-TV, is an electronically obtained travel permit that a tourist visiting India can apply for, without having to visit the concerned Indian Embassy or High Commission.

National Museum head’s transfer riles art fraternity
Mon, May 18, 2015

The departure of the man with a passion for arts and theatre has left a group of peers riled.

Land Ownership Rules: No right to educate for ‘illegal’ slum schools
Sun, May 10, 2015

RTE is causing several low-cost private schools to shut down, unwittingly depriving children of education.

101 miniature paintings from India to tell the story of the Ramayana in Australia
Wed, May 06, 2015

Delhi’s National Museum has lent 101 such paintings from its collection to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, for a month-long exhibition.

Hope, in Pixels: How a photo blog rescued Nepal quake survivors
Mon, May 04, 2015

How a photo blog rescued Nepal quake survivors and their families.

Buzz at Museum, Lalit Kala Akademi but it’s not about art
Fri, May 01, 2015

National Museum head who did ‘good work’ shifted, LKA in govt hands since April 1.

A Deccan Odyssey
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showcases the biggest-ever collection of Indo-Islamic art.

Need to ‘mainstream’ Dalit literature: writers
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Tamil writer D’Cruz argued that Dalit voices should be spread around the world through translation of Dalit literature.

Crafts Museum may soon be history
Sun, Apr 12, 2015

Days numbered as it is now going to make way for government-run Hastkala Academy

West Delhi gets its first cultural hub, under a flyover
Wed, Mar 25, 2015

King’s Park Street — a 3.5-acre cultural facility under Rajouri Garden flyover — is finally up and running

Govt plans 50 circuits across country to boost tourism
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

Krishna Circuit, Muslim Circuit, Nature Tourism Circuit among the ones to be developed.

Varanasi to be pitched as ‘cultural capital’
Tue, Mar 03, 2015

On its end, the Ministry of Culture has envisaged a concept wherein schools will be turned into “interpretation centres” for tourists.

Strait Drive
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Singapore opens a window to the hybrid culture of Peranakan Chinese settlers through an exhibition in the city.

Who Ate My Forest?
Mon, Feb 09, 2015

Filmmakers Kavita Bahl and Nandan Saxena examine depleting forest food for tribals in their film.

Culinary institute, permanent museum campus to open in Noida
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

The Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) comes under the Tourism Ministry.

UN meet seeks a better future for kids
Tue, Jan 13, 2015

Ban Ki-moon reiterated UN’s commitment to giving equal rights and entitlement to “those with different sexual orientation”.

Centre keen to project Chhattisgarh as tourist hotspot
Mon, Dec 29, 2014

A tourist security plan has was launched on Friday that includes setting up of a 24x7 tourist helpline and deployment of tourist police.