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.

Articles By Divya A

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showcasing visual representations of the moon

This is being done to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Delhi: Safdarjung Tomb lights up

The duration of the illumination will be from 7.30 pm to 11 pm, at a monthly cost of Rs 9,000, said Rajendra Dehuri of ASI’s Delhi Circle, adding that only warm lights have been used since they won’t adversely affect the monument’s facade.

Union Budget 2019: 17 model sites to be developed to boost tourism, says Sitharaman

Prahlad Patel, MoS (Independent Charge), Tourism, said that by mentioning these sites in her Budget address, the finance minister has drawn the focus on tourism.

Saying yes to health

Going vegan is La Opera’s latest strategy as it opens its biggest cafe in the NCR

An exhibition showcases rare masterpieces of Himachali folk art from the collection of late artist KC Aryan

BN Aryan says Himachal is a rare state, which “has vastly unexplored treasures.” He recalls finding a wood carving of a lion, lying abandoned outside a temple in Kalpa, when he travelled in the region in the mid ’80s.

For these children from red light area, it was a unique Father’s Day

The project seeks to provide special learning experiences to children who are not able to access the best facilities that more affluent kids get.

A book-themed walk reels out how Delhi’s Indian Coffee House became a political hotspot in the ’70s

The lead character of the book, Indu, is named after the-then Prime Minister; her father was Chief Counsel to Indira Gandhi.

Travelling Suitcase: An Extra Pair of Wings

From Abu Dhabi, lessons in caring for the national bird — falcon —and making it a part of pop culture.

Indian stolen artefacts identified in US, may take a year to return

The seized antiquities include several bronze statues stolen from the Suttamalli and Sripurantan temples of Tamil Nadu, while four antiquities were stolen from monuments at Madhya Pradesh’s Katni in August 2006.

Smriti Irani plans to auction memorabilia, donate proceeds to weavers

Even the proceeds of the PF, which Irani says she has not claimed till date, will be donated.

Three-time MP Anurag Thakur banks on Modi factor in Himachal BJP bastion

Hamirpur has been a BJP bastion since the late 1980s, with veteran leader Prem Kumar Dhumal holding sway as a three-time MP. He vacated the seat in 2008 to become the Chief Minister.

Satpal Satti interview: If Rahul keeps calling Modiji chor, he will have to face people who love Modi’

Satpal Satti interview: The Congress has a traditional vote bank in the state, but they lost ground after the Balakot strike. Ours is an Army-dominated state, so border issues affect Himachal psychologically.

Shades of White

A travelling exhibit, titled Safed, aims to build bridges between textile weavers in India and designers across the world

Workshop held as Srinagar awaits UNESCO stamp

If the nomination comes through, Srinagar will become the fourth Indian city — after Varanasi (Music), Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Art) and Chennai (Music) — to become part of the network of 180 cities.

A long-overdue revamp of the Crafts Museum in Delhi is in the offing this summer, with an all-new textiles gallery and academic courses for professionals

While the earlier display misses out on important aspects of the history of the display, the new display is also being designed in a way that the notes tagged alongwith are interesting, crisp and useful.

Basanti on the road: A day with Hema Malini, the star, the campaigner

The Indian Express on BJP MP Hema Malini's election campaign trail through 10 villages in Mathura.

Families in Food: Pehalwan Kulcha shop pioneered the Amritsari kulchas as we know it

A 65-year-old shop near the Golden Temple prides itself on having pioneered and popularised Amritsari kulcha.

Delhi: Amaltas trees at Nehru Memorial won’t face the axe

Late last year, the Centre decided to go ahead with its plan to build the museum, even as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to PM Narendra Modi, urging him to leave the complex “undisturbed”.

Buy all that you see at this restaurant-cum-designer home store

Eat the Sushi, buy the plate.

The famed gems and jewellery collection of the Nizams comes to Delhi again, with the Rs 900-crore Jacob diamond as the centrepiece

The Jacob diamond, also called the Imperial diamond, was discovered in the Kimberly mines of South Africa in the 19th century. Singh says that it is named after Alexander Malcolm Jacob, the jeweller who sold it to the sixth Nizam, Mehboob Ali Pasha.