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

Exhibition showcasing photographs of monuments in PoK marks PM Modi’s birthday

The three-day exhibition was organised to celebrate 'national unity, peace and tranquility under the leadership of Narendra Modi'.

Author Sangeeta Khanna’s new book dispels myths around one of India’s favourite snacks

There is a section on Non Veg Pakodas. From the usual anda, chicken and prawn to Herbed Omelette Pakoda and Tisre Vade.

On PM Modi’s birthday exhibition with photographs of PoK monuments

Officials at the NMA said the three-day exhibition was organised to celebrate “national unity, peace and tranquility under the leadership of Narendra Modi”.

An exhibition by student photographers focuses on the highlights of the year gone by

In its seventh edition, the exhibition, this year, features works of 21 students, covering genres such as street and documentary, landscapes, photojournalism, portraits, photo stories, fashion and product photography.

Talk Checks Out: The Hanoi Vibe

A new restaurant shows how Vietnamese cuisine can be cool, fuss-free and even Keto-compliant

More than 2,700 gifts to PM Narendra Modi to be auctioned

The base price of the objects ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 2.5 lakh — that of a portrait of Modi on silk and gifted to him by couturier and owner of Seematti textiles, Beena Kannan. Another portrait of the PM, done in the pichhwai style, has a base price of Rs 2 lakh.

The Secret Lives of Antiquities

The gallery has two parallel narratives — one, establishing the importance of these artworks, laws governing heritage and the theft and trafficking of these items, and the other is the display, which ranges from 2nd century to 19th century stone and metal sculptures, coins, paintings, terracotta, ivory and copper artifacts, and architectural panels.

Two studies on ancient DNA released: ‘No central Asian Steppe ancestry among Harappans’

The two studies — which appeared in journals Cell and Science — show that there was no central Asian Steppe ancestry among the Harappans, indicating that the Steppe pastoralists migrated to India after the decline of the Harappan civilisation.

Exhibits at a new gallery in Delhi’s Purana Qila tell stories of their solitary journeys

The exhibit also sensitises visitors about the illegal trade of precious heritage artefacts and the process of receiving them.

Street wise

A film based on Munshi Premchand’s story shows how caste discrimination is as rampant in India today as it was 80 years ago

Built after demolishing 27 temples… Qutub example of our culture: Union Tourism Minister

Qutub Minar joins a group of heritage structures in Delhi — including Safdarjung Tomb, Red Fort and Purana Qila — that have been illuminated to encourage night-time tourism.

Qutab illuminated: A look at other monuments in the Capital that dazzle beyond the sunset

With the Qutab Minar being illuminated this week to encourage night tourism at heritage structures, a look at other monuments in the Capital that dazzle beyond the sunset

Around town: Monsoon Ragas

Reviving this Mughal-era tradition of visiting Mehrauli during the monsoon season, the Delhi government’s tourism department has organised a three-day cultural festival at the palace, beginning on Friday.

Artefacts recovered from abroad go on display at Purana Qila this week

This is the first time more than 50 such items will be on public display, an ASI official told The Indian Express.

At a Leh tribal fair, the region’s women entrepreneurs hope to discover India

Showcasing their wares at a tribal fair in Leh, women from Ladakh look to expand their markets

Govt to change e-tourist visa fee: higher in peak season, less at lean period

As per the new proposal, tourists will pay $10 for a 30-day e-visa in the lean season and $25 during the peak season. A new five-year e-visa will be introduced, which will cost $80, while the fee for one-year visa has been kept at $40.

Aadi Mahotsav to kick off in Ladakh today, Amit Shah opts out of inaugural ceremony

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik will now inaugurate the event in the presence of Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda, MoS Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh and Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal.

Connecting Mumbai to the Elephanta Caves: Final clearance for India’s longest ropeway over sea project to be issued soon

Pitted as the country’s first and longest ropeway project over the sea, the initiative is to be executed by the Mumbai Port Trust, under the Ministry of Shipping.

An all-night cafe near Delhi airport is for those looking for quick grub at odd hours

There is a Goth-themed bar, with cocktails inspired by Indian flavours such as paan, Earl Grey tea, masala tea, kafir lime and spices. Each cocktail has a portion of finger food served on the side.

Delhi’s popular monuments open till 9 pm soon

The announcement was made by Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Monday. Most monuments are closed for visitors by 6 pm.