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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.

Not Much on Their Plate
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

Finding it difficult to survive the lockdown, restaurants petition for bailout packages and reach out to their patrons with food delivery options

Coronavirus lockdown: Portal launched for stranded foreigners in India
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

The website lists the COVID-19 helpline numbers for tourists besides the tourist helpline numbers 1363 or 1800111363. However, for specific queries, it has a form seeking individual details.

Lockdown orders leave pet owners, vets confused
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

While human beings are suffering isolation stuck inside their homes owing to the lockdown, the strays outside are suffering starvation.

All three Dilli Haats shut
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Ever since some cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Capital, the Dilli Haat at INA — which on an average clock in 3,000 visitors a day as per DTTDC figures — wore a deserted look.

Coronavirus: Taj Mahal, all ASI-protected monuments, museums shut till March 31
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Patel told The Indian Express, “All ASI-protected monuments and all central museums are being closed with immediate effect in the wake of Covid-19 situation. An order in this regard is being issued soon.”

Ophelia, a new hangout in Delhi’s The Ashok, harks back to the Shakespearean era
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

The iconic building commissioned by the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in the ’50s to host a UNESCO conference, The Ashok now draws people, sometimes for nostalgia and sometimes for government events.

Govt to launch mahua-based alcoholic drink at Rs 700 for a 750 ml bottle
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Called Mahua Nutribeverage, it will be available as early as next month for Rs 700 for a 750 ml bottle, and will come in six fruit-based flavours.

Explained: Why the govt wants to locate Dara Shikoh tomb, and why it’s not easy
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Dara Shikoh is described as a “liberal Muslim” who tried to find commonalities between Hindu and Islamic traditions. He translated into Persian the Bhagavad Gita as well as 52 Upanishads.

A new book explores the literary works of Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

Titled Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan: Kavya, Saundrya & Sarthakta (Vani Prakashan), the book was released in the Capital last week.

Past Continuous
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

The year will see the inauguration of new museums across India

Delhi: Voter event at Qutab Minar leaves compound dirty, draws ASI ire
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

The District Election Office (South) conducted a cultural evening between 4 pm and 9 pm on Saturday inside the premises, with an aim to generate interest in voters about the election on Saturday.

Why Guru Nanak stayed in Leh
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib outside Leh is dedicated to the founder of Sikhism, who is locally called Nanak Lama.

His last journey
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

A look at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs that captured the aftermath of Gandhi’s death

Victoria Memorial to Belvedere House: A sneak peek into Kolkata’s new ‘cultural space’
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

A look at the art and architecture that make up the newly created ‘cultural space’ in Kolkata.

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