Neeta Lal

Neeta Lal

Delhi-based journalist and editor Neeta Lal has worked with India's leading publications in her three-decade career. She writes for over 20 publications worldwide and was nominated for World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence 2014 and SOPA Awards 2014. A postgraduate in English literature, she has also been a scholar at the International Summer School, Norway and Concordia University, Canada, and has travelled to 52 countries.

Latest from Neeta Lal

The return of an old Indian massage used in Ayurveda: how to have a DIY potli massage using poultice bags

From grannies running ‘potli pharmacies’ at home to Indian royals, potli massages – involving poultice bags filled with Ayurvedic herbs – are rising in popularity as a do-it-yourself therapy.

12 Jan 2021 - 5:17PM

From grannies running ‘potli pharmacies’ at home to Indian royals, potli massages – involving poultice bags filled with Ayurvedic herbs – are rising in popularity as a do-it-yourself therapy.

The return of an old Indian massage used in Ayurveda: how to have a DIY potli massage using poultice bags
For India’s Mukesh Ambani, dethroned as Asia’s wealthiest man by China’s Zhong Shanshan, even humble pie tastes rich

The Reliance Industries magnate may have lost his title, but he has reasons to be cheerful: US$77 billion, a deal with Facebook and a vision to be India’s Alibaba.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:24PM

The Reliance Industries magnate may have lost his title, but he has reasons to be cheerful: US$77 billion, a deal with Facebook and a vision to be India’s Alibaba.

For India’s Mukesh Ambani, dethroned as Asia’s wealthiest man by China’s Zhong Shanshan, even humble pie tastes rich
For population control, India is eyeing China’s one-child policy – but some see Hindu nationalism at work

Analysts say policies depriving citizens with more than two children of basic rights are aimed at emulating Beijing’s curbs – but there is also an anti-Muslim angle, some claim.

22 Dec 2020 - 9:16AM

Analysts say policies depriving citizens with more than two children of basic rights are aimed at emulating Beijing’s curbs – but there is also an anti-Muslim angle, some claim.

For population control, India is eyeing China’s one-child policy – but some see Hindu nationalism at work
India loves Rajinikanth, but will Tamil Nadu voters bathe him in glory?

The film icon is trying to break into the Tamil Nadu political scene, but age, poor health and his good friend Modi could hurt his plans.

12 Dec 2020 - 8:04PM

The film icon is trying to break into the Tamil Nadu political scene, but age, poor health and his good friend Modi could hurt his plans.

India loves Rajinikanth, but will Tamil Nadu voters bathe him in glory?
The morel mushroom: why gourmets pay US$500 a kilo for them, the foragers who harvest them, and the health benefits of eating them

One of the world’s most prized mushrooms, the morel is loved by top chefs and has many health benefits. Harvesting them is arduous and time-consuming.

10 Dec 2020 - 2:24PM

One of the world’s most prized mushrooms, the morel is loved by top chefs and has many health benefits. Harvesting them is arduous and time-consuming.

The morel mushroom: why gourmets pay US$500 a kilo for them, the foragers who harvest them, and the health benefits of eating them
India’s lavish weddings, sidelined by the coronavirus, are back at the altar

The country’s wedding industry is gearing up for a surge in business, despite updated Covid-19 restrictions capping celebrations at 200 people.

3 Dec 2020 - 11:06AM

The country’s wedding industry is gearing up for a surge in business, despite updated Covid-19 restrictions capping celebrations at 200 people.

India’s lavish weddings, sidelined by the coronavirus, are back at the altar
Coronavirus India: Bollywood stars focus on start-up glory as pandemic steals spotlight

As the country’s film industry suffers a downturn, its stars are turning toward their own start-ups to secure their financial futures.

22 Nov 2020 - 10:13AM

As the country’s film industry suffers a downturn, its stars are turning toward their own start-ups to secure their financial futures.

Coronavirus India: Bollywood stars focus on start-up glory as pandemic steals spotlight
The history of paan: an Indian treat made with a betel leaf that’s recommended in the Kama Sutra and praised by Ayurveda practitioners

Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf that’s filled with ingredients like lime, herbs, spices and dried fruits. Chew it to keep your breath fresh – or for better performance in the bedroom.

20 Nov 2020 - 8:10AM

Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf that’s filled with ingredients like lime, herbs, spices and dried fruits. Chew it to keep your breath fresh – or for better performance in the bedroom.

The history of paan: an Indian treat made with a betel leaf that’s recommended in the Kama Sutra and praised by Ayurveda practitioners
Pakistan highlights Bollywood links with Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar museum project in Peshawar

Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were born in Peshawar before the partition of India in 1947. They found fame during the 1950s and 60s in Bollywood.

6 Nov 2020 - 12:09PM

Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were born in Peshawar before the partition of India in 1947. They found fame during the 1950s and 60s in Bollywood.

Pakistan highlights Bollywood links with Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar museum project in Peshawar
Opinion | Long winter beckons as India fails to control air pollution amid lurking coronavirus dangers

The combination of a restarted economy, weaker winds and burning crops has New Delhi back under a wave of smog. Attempts to emulate Beijing’s efforts at eradicating air pollution have been hamstrung by ill-defined plans, infighting and a lack of funding.

4 Nov 2020 - 10:29AM

The combination of a restarted economy, weaker winds and burning crops has New Delhi back under a wave of smog. Attempts to emulate Beijing’s efforts at eradicating air pollution have been hamstrung by ill-defined plans, infighting and a lack of funding.

Long winter beckons as India fails to control air pollution amid lurking coronavirus dangers
Big fat Indian weddings: a Bollywood villain in war on wasted food

Even as millions of children go hungry, Indians keen to emulate society weddings are contributing to a US$14 billion-a-year pile of wasted food. But there is appetite for change.

6 Sep 2020 - 10:52PM

Even as millions of children go hungry, Indians keen to emulate society weddings are contributing to a US$14 billion-a-year pile of wasted food. But there is appetite for change.

Big fat Indian weddings: a Bollywood villain in war on wasted food
Japanese vs Indian curry battle begins as CoCo Ichibanya opens first store in India, birthplace of the famous dish

Popular Japanese curry restaurant chain CoCo Ichibanya launched its first Indian outlet earlier this month in Gurugram, triggering inevitable comparisons over which country’s curries are better.

20 Aug 2020 - 7:14PM

Popular Japanese curry restaurant chain CoCo Ichibanya launched its first Indian outlet earlier this month in Gurugram, triggering inevitable comparisons over which country’s curries are better.

Japanese vs Indian curry battle begins as CoCo Ichibanya opens first store in India, birthplace of the famous dish
Praying to the visa gods: why Indians hoping to study or work abroad visit ‘visa temples’

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indians undertake pilgrimages to four popular ‘visa temples’ seeking divine intervention in getting a prized visa.

16 Aug 2020 - 11:12PM

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indians undertake pilgrimages to four popular ‘visa temples’ seeking divine intervention in getting a prized visa.

Praying to the visa gods: why Indians hoping to study or work abroad visit ‘visa temples’
The View | How the China-Iran economic and security deal endangers India’s strategic interests in the Middle East

The deal, which throws Iran a vital lifeline and gives China access to Iran’s hydrocarbon reserves, imperils India’s strategic stake in the Chabahar port project.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:55AM

The deal, which throws Iran a vital lifeline and gives China access to Iran’s hydrocarbon reserves, imperils India’s strategic stake in the Chabahar port project.

How the China-Iran economic and security deal endangers India’s strategic interests in the Middle East
The real heat in India-China ties: Desi Chinese food, from Sichuan dosas to chicken Manchurian

Its origins are unclear, but this hybrid cuisine born from a convergence of food cultures remains a firm favourite for many Indians – despite the two countries’ recent rocky ties.

26 Jul 2020 - 4:20PM

Its origins are unclear, but this hybrid cuisine born from a convergence of food cultures remains a firm favourite for many Indians – despite the two countries’ recent rocky ties.

The real heat in India-China ties: Desi Chinese food, from Sichuan dosas to chicken Manchurian
Opinion | Modi’s coronavirus response leaves India’s poor migrant workers to suffer

India’s Covid-19 response has been inadequate and largely focused on generating long-term economic uplift, leaving the poor and migrant workers to struggle on their own. Migrants are stuck in overcrowded shelters, with no access to social protections.

13 Jun 2020 - 11:30AM

India’s Covid-19 response has been inadequate and largely focused on generating long-term economic uplift, leaving the poor and migrant workers to struggle on their own. Migrants are stuck in overcrowded shelters, with no access to social protections.

Modi’s coronavirus response leaves India’s poor migrant workers to suffer
Xi and Modi must lean on diplomacy amid Doklam border flare-up
As Xi and Modi put differences aside at SCO summit, will India-Pakistan ties follow suit?
China the elephant in the room as Vietnam and India draw closer in defence cooperation
In balancing US and China relations, India needs to focus on economics
With its weaker economy, an Indian boycott of Chinese goods makes no sense
Nepal seeks balance as China and India jockey for clout
Myanmar’s friendship with China is no hindrance to its India ties
In a shifting world, India and China must look closer at ties that bind
Why India must shun any crude anti-China alliance with the US
India’s visa U-turn on Chinese dissidents a sign of its lightweight diplomacy
India will be the biggest loser if it seeks economic retaliation against China over terrorism snub
For India, good relations with Japan and cooperation with China are not mutually exclusive
Trade ambitions shadow annual India, China defence talks

When India and China enter into their annual defence dialogue tomorrow, they do so amid apparent efforts to narrow the gap on their duelling transnational trade ambitions.

16 Apr 2015 - 4:23PM

When India and China enter into their annual defence dialogue tomorrow, they do so amid apparent efforts to narrow the gap on their duelling transnational trade ambitions.

Trade ambitions shadow annual India, China defence talks
China and India get down to business