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.

Song, dance to mark a different kind of freedom at red-light area in Delhi
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Around noon, the red light district of GB Road was resonating with Bollywood remixes, interspersed with ‘Jai Ho’ or ‘Vande Mataram’. A small stretch was cordoned off with police barricades, as women and children danced.

Independence Day gift for invitees at Red Fort: Bamboo pankhas made by tribals
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Independence Day invitees — which include ministers, parliamentarians and diplomats — will be gifted these bamboo fans as souvenirs.

Of Bridges, Old and New: Iconic bridges around the world
Sun, Aug 12, 2018

It’s all about crossing the bridges.

Treat allies fair, don’t enter their territory: SAD’s Naresh Gujral warns BJP
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Speaking at a panel discussion on “Who will win 2019 elections?” at Delhi’s Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Gujral said the BJP should learn to “treat its allies fairly, and not try to enter their territory”.

Water, Water Everywhere: These stunning waterfalls should be on your bucket list
Sun, Jul 29, 2018

The stunning waterfalls that should be on your bucket list. From the Rhine Falls in Switzerland to the Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil and closer home, the Chitrakoot Falls, Chhattisgarh, these waterfalls are worth-watching.

Sourced from the jungles of Bastar, mahua to go mainstream under govt scheme
Fri, Jul 27, 2018

Besides mahua, other tribal staples such as tamarind and amla will be de-seeded and brought to the market in the form of candies and jams.

‘The colour of art is not saffron or green, it’s gold’
Tue, Jul 24, 2018

In 2004, she was appointed chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi. However, she had to resign when a number of artistes protested against her “dictatorial” attitude.

The Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam tries to humanise the story of these women
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

The museum was created less than a decade ago with a view to quell negative publicity about Amsterdam being a den of hedonism and debauchery. The idea was to give tourists some behind-the-scenes information.

PM Narendra Modi questions rules prohibiting photography at monuments
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Considering this, the ASI, which functions under the Culture Ministry, has excluded the Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace (both housing paintings that can be damaged by camera flash) and the mausoleum of Taj Mahal from the order.

Khan-i-Khanan Tomb: Three years on, Nizamuddin tomb’s dome shines again
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

The tomb is the final resting place of Abdur Rahim Khan, a prominent noble in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar, who died in 1627 AD.

Adopt a heritage scheme: Amid Purana Qila facelift, concerns over an old building nearby
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

According to the Ministry of Culture, the NBCC's work on the 23-acre fort, under the Centre's 'Adopt a Heritage' scheme, is already underway.

Opposition leaders protest plan to move Air India art collection to NGMA
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

The Ministry of Culture clarified Wednesday that the Centre zeroed in on NGMA to transfer the collection by way of donation by Air India since it is the only national institution with a mandate to collect and display Modern art.

Air India to give away 4,000 artworks gathering dust at Mumbai office to NGMA
Wed, Jul 04, 2018

“The Maharaja collection”, as it is generally called, has more than 4,000 works, including paintings by legendary artists such as M F Husain, V S Gaitonde, Jatin Das, and Anjolie Ela Menon.

Connecting the Dots
Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Through illustrations, oil paintings, wooden shields and new-media installations, an exhibition in Delhi showcases the centuries-old Australian Aboriginal art tradition

Don’t use the term Emergency irresponsibly: Vice President
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

“Talking vaguely about the Emergency would not help Young India understand its impact and reach," Naidu said.

Delhi follows trend as artwork adorns city’s new metro stations
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

The murals are a part of Delhi Hues, a set of three works created by Delhi-based artists Shubhra Chaturvedi and Vibhor Taneja.

State-of-the-art museum to house artifacts retrieved from abroad
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

The display is likely to include 900-year-old Parrot Lady sculpture stolen from Khajuraho, returned by Canada in 2015; a bronze sculpture of Nataraja (Lord Shiva) returned by Australia in 2014; a floral tile from Kashmir returned by the US in 2016.

Wheel of time: Chariots and sophisticated weapons from the pre-Iron Age
Sun, Jun 17, 2018

Why an archaeological discovery has put a small village in western Uttar Pradesh on the world map. Some time back, villagers reported pieces of copper and clay pottery on their fields.

Six museums on tribal freedom fighters to be set up
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

The minister added that 10 per cent of India's population is tribal and “they need to be given adequate representation at the national level”.

A Piece of Taj, Bittersweet
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Agra’s petha industry nurtures a love-hate relationship with the Taj Mahal.