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Monday, January 20, 2020

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.

PM urged to restore photos of Gandhi’s last moments
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

The photographs in question were taken by legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson at Birla House. The photographs were on display at a special gallery inside Gandhi Smriti.

Move to digitise photos of Gandhi at Birla House sparks controversy
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The move sparked controversy, with Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, expressing shock over the “removal”.

Lockdown has choked business: Kashmir traders
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Each year, the J&K Tourism Department brings its leading tour operators, houseboat owners, hotel associations and travel agents for the event. It’s a different story this time. As per the state’s tourism department, which is hosting the stall, 32,000 domestic tourists visited Kashmir between August and November, compared to 2.49 lakh in June-July.

An encounter with the people of the floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

At home, at sea: In the ’70s, many Vietnamese living in Cambodia faced deportation after a change in regime. Stripped of all Cambodian identity documents, those who returned in the ’80s could neither reclaim nor buy land.

RSS wings to take message on citizenship law to campuses
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

The events will be organised by various affiliated organisations of the Sangh such as ABVP, its students’ outfit, Jan Jagran Manch, All-India Lawyers’ Council, and All-India Teachers’ Federation.

The legend of Daal Makhani
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

A restaurant in New Delhi recreates flavours from the bylanes of Daryaganj in Old Delhi

Dalbir Kaur Madan on turning reading into a community activity and creating libraries for the underprivileged, with help from children
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

At OneUp, she also gets 200-plus young members to “give back to the community”. Two months ago, a children’s mela was held on the OneUp campus, where kids in small groups put up gaming stalls, invited their friends over and earned some money.

National Film Awards: Filmmakers must make effort to ensure depictions reflect India’s culture, says Naidu
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was supposed to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the ceremony, skipped the event citing ill health.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs ties up with designer Ritu Beri for promoting tribal handlooms
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Beri, who combines Indian fabrics with western sensibilities, will be guiding over 1.5 lakh tribal master craftsmen associated with TRIFED to develop globally relevant handlooms and handicrafts.

For a word
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

In its fifth edition, the Kerala Literature Festival will focus on environment

Over Rs 15 crore raised by auctioning PM Modi’s gifts, says govt
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Since Modi became PM in 2014, three such auctions have been conducted by the Ministry of Culture, Patel added - in February 2015, January 27-April 1, 2019, and September 14 to October 24, 2019.

The government launches a portal to showcase Indian culture
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

The portal currently has details on 90 lakh items, including manuscripts, archives, research papers, audio books and folk tales.

Iconic artist Upendra Maharathi’s life and work is being celebrated in a retrospective
Mon, Dec 09, 2019

The artist’s studio has been recreated for the occasion in one big room of the renovated Jaipur House wing of the NGMA.

Vets from Netherlands, India give lease of life to abandoned dog
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr Meij, from the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, said, “The fact that this is an abandoned pup makes no difference to me. Every dog should get the care it deserves, whenever possible.”

Author Rashmi Saksena on women who take up arms
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Speaking at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli recently, Saksena elaborated upon what motivates these women to abandon the traditional playbook for girls and embrace the uncertain life of an insurgent.

India Pavilion at Expo 2020 event in Dubai to have ‘future’ as theme
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

The 192-country participation surpasses the 180-nation commitment made in Dubai’s 2013 host bid, say its organisers.

Ayodhya verdict: Culture Minister congratulates ASI, says its report to come out as a book
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Verdict says ASI findings, contested by mosque parties, cannot be dismissed as weak evidence.

NMML Society rejig: Prasoon Joshi, PM biographer in, Congress leaders out
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

As many as seven Union ministers, besides the PM, are part of the society, which has been given a term of five years.

In the spa town of Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic, stumbling upon healing mineral springs is a way of life
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Legend has it that Karlovy Vary was founded by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV, who discovered a unique spring here while hunting deer one evening. Consequently, an entire town came up around it.

I made peace with fear and death: Manisha Koirala
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Actor Manisha Koirala on Healed, her cancer memoir, and how her three-year battle with the disease renewed her