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

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.

Varanasi’s sari bunkars say a glorious tradition is hanging by a thread

A grim future looms over Varanasi’s bunkars, the craftsmen of the glorious Banarasi sari.

An exhibition in the Capital is a precursor to India’s first series of handmade textile biennales, to be held over the next three years

The conversation was part of a dialogue with a group of artisans from across the country, such as Jan, on the sidelines of an exhibition to announce the country’s first handmade textile biennales, for which the Ministry of Textiles has partnered with AHF. “

Families in Food: The 50-year-old eatery that serves Varanasi its tamatar chaat

At Varanasi’s Deena Chat Bhandar, it is the unique tamatar chaat that draws the devoted and the curious.

Through the Bohemian Skies

If you happen to be in Prague, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city in a hot-air balloon.

The Dard Aryans of Ladakh: who are this tribe, what are their concerns?

Some 200 km from Leh are the villages of Dha, Hanu, Garkone and Darchik on both sides of the Indus River, inhabited by the Buddhist Dard Tribes. The villages are together called the “Aryan valley”.

This Amritsar dhaba has a century-old recipe of ‘mah ki daal’ and ‘lachcha parantha’

Families in Food: Lala Kesar Mal, the owner of the eatery, originally served mah ki daal and roti, along with a bowl of phirni, a rice dessert served in earthern pots — his own recipe.

Portrait of a Village

Eighteen-year-old Srushti Dhoke on her debut novel, which is a fictionalised account of real-life stories she heard from her grandparents

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s latest book offers ways to tackle childhood fears

The 56-page illustrated book, which has a child talking about her fears on one page, and an older voice tackling her concerns on the facing page, reels out some of the most generic fears faced by children in the age group of three to six years.

The Unplugged Courtyard’s Gurgaon sibling aims to create an oasis of indulgence in the middle of parched Udyog Vihar

The 16,000 sq ft space has an equally mammoth menu — designed as an all-day offering, starting early in the day as office hours demand, and going into late hours, to cater to revellers

Centre announces Gandhi Peace Prize awardees for 2015-18

While Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, won the award for 2015, for 2016, the award has been jointly given to Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International. 2017 award has been given to Ekai Abhiyan Trust and 2018 award is for WHO Goodwill Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa

Split Down The Middle: At Dilli Haat, a yellow-ribbon campaign to reclaim space for artisans

As part of this, Dastkaari stalls were tagged with a yellow banner and a yellow ribbon was tied on the wrists of visitors to generate awareness.

Infrastructure boost ahead of Kumbh: ‘264 new streets, 10 flyovers, 1.22 lakh toilets in Prayagraj’

During his 20-minute address, Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh emphasised how their government is focusing on cleanliness during the mega event, where as many as 15 crore visitors are expected.

Infrastructure boost ahead of Kumbh: ‘264 new streets, 10 flyovers, 1.22 lakh toilets in Prayagraj’

Singh, who was nominated as minister in-charge during the visit of 70 Heads of Missions to Prayagraj on December 15 ahead of the Kumbh, said, “It was a beautiful moment to see 70 flags, along with the Indian flag, urfurled at the Kumbh site.”

The first-ever fashion showcase at the iconic Red Fort celebrated the textile heritage of India

The Ministry of Textiles organised ‘Artisan Speak’ on Saturday, an event to showcase India’s textiles and honour the people behind the loom.

Kumbh Mela: With 1 lakh makeshift toilets, 40 police stations, Kumbh Nagri set for mega gathering

In the run-up to the mega event, the entire city of Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) is under construction. Footpaths and speed-breakers are being built. The roads are dotted with digital hoardings where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet are welcoming visitors to the Kumbh.