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 72 countries.

Latest from Neeta Lal

India: Bride’s dead father and 5,000 guests to attend Harry Potter-themed metaverse wedding

Dinesh S.P. and partner Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, both 24, will be the first Indian couple to celebrate their marriage in the 3D virtual world.

Dinesh S.P. and partner Janaganandhini Ramaswamy, both 24, will be the first Indian couple to celebrate their marriage in the 3D virtual world.

21 Jan 2022 - 7:18PM
Mukesh Ambani’s stake in New York’s Mandarin Oriental makes him the latest Indian tycoon to invest in overseas hotels

Asia’s second richest man has joined a growing list of Indian hoteliers like the Oberois and Tatas snapping up stakes in the global hospitality sector.

Asia’s second richest man has joined a growing list of Indian hoteliers like the Oberois and Tatas snapping up stakes in the global hospitality sector.

14 Jan 2022 - 3:58PM
China’s tandoori story: how the oven travelled from India down the Silk Road, feeding communities, stars and presidents

From India to China and the Middle East, tandoori food is hugely popular, and the ovens can be found all along the Silk Road.

From India to China and the Middle East, tandoori food is hugely popular, and the ovens can be found all along the Silk Road.

17 Jan 2022 - 11:03AM
Indian parents race to marry off daughters as officials mull raising marriage age

Nation sees increase in rushed nuptials while parliament committee debates Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021; critics say gender equality and reduction in number of child marriages are better served by improved education, not ‘coercive law’.

Nation sees increase in rushed nuptials while parliament committee debates Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021; critics say gender equality and reduction in number of child marriages are better served by improved education, not ‘coercive law’.

11 Jan 2022 - 11:20PM
‘India’s favourite snack’: from Bollywood stars to mythical queens, IMF economists and fine-dining chefs, everyone likes to gobble golgappas

Designed to be gobbled in one bite, golgappas – Aka pani puri – hark back to ancient Queen Draupadi’s take on leftovers. Millennials take theirs with tequila.

Designed to be gobbled in one bite, golgappas – Aka pani puri – hark back to ancient Queen Draupadi’s take on leftovers. Millennials take theirs with tequila.

5 Jan 2022 - 12:00PM
From Nykaa to Purplle, Sugar to Plum: India’s US$27 billion beauty industry is booming, driven by influencers, online shoppers

India’s middle class women and internet savvy consumers are credited for a boom in the online beauty market. Brands are now looking to target men, saying the ‘gender divide in beauty is a myth’.

India’s middle class women and internet savvy consumers are credited for a boom in the online beauty market. Brands are now looking to target men, saying the ‘gender divide in beauty is a myth’.

4 Jan 2022 - 9:53AM
From Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari, to Ambalika Devi and the Gaekwads, India’s feuding royals can’t seem to stay out of court

From Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari, to Ambalika Devi and the Gaekwad family, India’s super-rich royals are constantly squabbling about who owns what as their inherited wealth balloons ever higher.

From Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari, to Ambalika Devi and the Gaekwad family, India’s super-rich royals are constantly squabbling about who owns what as their inherited wealth balloons ever higher.

26 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
From Nepalese momos to pizza to noodles, Indian parathas are being reinvented by street food and celebrity chefs

A whole street in New Delhi has been named after the shallow-fried flatbread which is also popular in Singapore and Malaysia, where it is known as roti prata or roti canai.

A whole street in New Delhi has been named after the shallow-fried flatbread which is also popular in Singapore and Malaysia, where it is known as roti prata or roti canai.

22 Dec 2021 - 7:50PM
India’s Katrina Kaif holds grand wedding with 100 cooks, a horse chariot, tiger safari for guests

Kaif’s wedding to fellow actor Vicky Kaushal is the latest instance of Bollywood stars taking the nation’s love for big, fat weddings to another level.

Kaif’s wedding to fellow actor Vicky Kaushal is the latest instance of Bollywood stars taking the nation’s love for big, fat weddings to another level.

11 Dec 2021 - 7:32PM
Omicron: rich Indians head to Dubai, US, UK for booster shots as New Delhi remains unconvinced about the science

New Delhi thinks the science behind booster shots is untested. Rich Indians think otherwise and are flocking abroad to get them.

New Delhi thinks the science behind booster shots is untested. Rich Indians think otherwise and are flocking abroad to get them.

7 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM
Why Bollywood stars Neha Dhupia, Amrita Rao, Kareena Kapoor are posting breastfeeding pictures on the internet

Neha Dhupia and Kareena Kapoor are among a new breed of celebrity Indian mother, armed with the hashtag #freedomtofeed, who are aiming to change an ingrained stigma.

Neha Dhupia and Kareena Kapoor are among a new breed of celebrity Indian mother, armed with the hashtag #freedomtofeed, who are aiming to change an ingrained stigma.

6 Dec 2021 - 8:37AM
More Indian millennials plan green nuptials to avoid ‘mountains of trash’ linked to big fat weddings

Sustainable weddings are becoming more popular, insiders say, with brides opting for floral jewellery instead of gold, and couples asking for biodegradable cutlery made from banana leaves.

Sustainable weddings are becoming more popular, insiders say, with brides opting for floral jewellery instead of gold, and couples asking for biodegradable cutlery made from banana leaves.

21 Nov 2021 - 9:19PM
How Nykaa’s Falguni Nayar became India’s newest billionaire and richest self-made woman

The beauty and fashion entrepreneur is worth almost US$7 billion after floating the parent company of her Nykaa brand on Mumbai’s stock exchange.

The beauty and fashion entrepreneur is worth almost US$7 billion after floating the parent company of her Nykaa brand on Mumbai’s stock exchange.

24 Nov 2021 - 11:52AM
British homes of India’s wealthiest in the spotlight as talk swirls of Mukesh Ambani leaving Mumbai for Stoke Park

The billionaire’s firm has quashed rumours he and his family would move to Stoke Park from Mumbai. Several Indian tycoons are based in the UK and own grand British homes.

The billionaire’s firm has quashed rumours he and his family would move to Stoke Park from Mumbai. Several Indian tycoons are based in the UK and own grand British homes.

10 Nov 2021 - 4:30PM
Indians welcome ‘more joyous’ Diwali, snub Chinese goods at bazaars amid border dispute

Traders say fewer people are buying Chinese-made items amid tensions between Beijing and New Delhi over the disputed border.

Traders say fewer people are buying Chinese-made items amid tensions between Beijing and New Delhi over the disputed border.

4 Nov 2021 - 2:23PM
India’s love for gold reaches fast food as US$12 burgers cause a storm

Gold-coated food has existed in India since the 17th century, when it was served to kings and illustrious guests.

Gold-coated food has existed in India since the 17th century, when it was served to kings and illustrious guests.

20 Oct 2021 - 1:02PM
India’s fusion sushi craze sparks call to ‘save’ Japanese dish from tandoori cooking and fate of Nepal’s momos

India’s love for Japanese flavours means innovative chefs are creating sushi with spices and fried foods to make them more friendly to the Indian palate

India’s love for Japanese flavours means innovative chefs are creating sushi with spices and fried foods to make them more friendly to the Indian palate

12 Oct 2021 - 11:57AM
India loves dosa – just don’t tell purists about the recipes with Chinese spices, chocolate, fruit

There are hundreds of versions of dosa across India and around the world, which observers say stems from its versatility and low price.

There are hundreds of versions of dosa across India and around the world, which observers say stems from its versatility and low price.

9 Oct 2021 - 8:18PM
Indian wedding-outfit ad with Bollywood star Alia Bhatt sparks debate on women’s rights

Some have slammed the ad – by ethnic-wear brand Manyavar – as insulting tradition and Hindu religious sentiments, while supporters say it is a progressive stance in a country where gender discrimination is rife.

Some have slammed the ad – by ethnic-wear brand Manyavar – as insulting tradition and Hindu religious sentiments, while supporters say it is a progressive stance in a country where gender discrimination is rife.

29 Sep 2021 - 9:30AM
Indians love thali – and they’re hungry for the ‘56-inch Modi’ version

The nationally beloved repast is an eye-popping variety of dishes, from sides and snacks to mains and desserts, and a gargantuan platter referencing a quote from the prime minister is growing in popularity.

The nationally beloved repast is an eye-popping variety of dishes, from sides and snacks to mains and desserts, and a gargantuan platter referencing a quote from the prime minister is growing in popularity.

25 Sep 2021 - 3:52PM
In India, calls for a caste census grow as more seek to benefit from affirmative action policies

Supporters say an accurate count of the OBCs, or ‘other backward castes’, can ensure targeted affirmative-action policies. But critics say it could harden caste identities and distract from the focus on overhauling policies to promote equality.

Supporters say an accurate count of the OBCs, or ‘other backward castes’, can ensure targeted affirmative-action policies. But critics say it could harden caste identities and distract from the focus on overhauling policies to promote equality.

23 Sep 2021 - 9:10PM
Indian women in Tamil Nadu just won the right to sit at work

Toilet breaks and menstruation are among the activities frowned upon as wasting time in Tamil Nadu’s notorious textile and clothing shops.

Toilet breaks and menstruation are among the activities frowned upon as wasting time in Tamil Nadu’s notorious textile and clothing shops.

20 Sep 2021 - 4:56PM
Life after TikTok: how Indian influencers survived after Chinese apps were banned

India banned over Chinese apps last year, amid a deterioration in bilateral ties. While home-grown short video apps have emerged, none have really taken off.

India banned over Chinese apps last year, amid a deterioration in bilateral ties. While home-grown short video apps have emerged, none have really taken off.

14 Sep 2021 - 1:54PM
India’s ‘Little Afghanistan’ showcases cuisine rich in taste – and history

From kebabs to naan to chickpea pulao and naan, displaced Afghans serve up their cuisine in New Delhi eateries. It’s a reminder that from dried fruit to spices, such as asafoetida, Indian cuisine includes influences from Afghan food.

From kebabs to naan to chickpea pulao and naan, displaced Afghans serve up their cuisine in New Delhi eateries. It’s a reminder that from dried fruit to spices, such as asafoetida, Indian cuisine includes influences from Afghan food.

25 Aug 2021 - 7:37PM
Kareena Kapoor: what the trolling of the Bollywood star over her son’s ‘Muslim’ name says about India’s interfaith marriage hang-ups

As the Bollywood star has found out, India’s debate over interfaith marriages has become increasingly toxic under the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its ‘Love Jihad’ legislation.

As the Bollywood star has found out, India’s debate over interfaith marriages has become increasingly toxic under the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its ‘Love Jihad’ legislation.

23 Aug 2021 - 1:44PM
Hot debate in India: is ‘curry’ a racist hangover from British colonialism and should the word be cancelled?

Indian-American blogger Chaheti Bansal stirs the pot by blasting the word as the invention of ‘white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes’.

Indian-American blogger Chaheti Bansal stirs the pot by blasting the word as the invention of ‘white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes’.

23 Sep 2021 - 5:50PM
As Australia returns Indian antiques worth US$2.2 million, many others remain smuggled worldwide

Australia’s national art museum acquired the 14 artworks between 1989 to 2009 from a US gallery of alleged smuggler Subhash Kapoor.

Australia’s national art museum acquired the 14 artworks between 1989 to 2009 from a US gallery of alleged smuggler Subhash Kapoor.

9 Aug 2021 - 8:57PM
‘King of Good Times’ Vijay Mallya’s bankruptcy casts spotlight on India’s billionaires who’ve gone broke

Mallya is the latest in a series of super-rich Indian businessmen to fail, including Anil Ambani, Pramod Mittal, Naresh Goyal and Venugopal Dhoot.

Mallya is the latest in a series of super-rich Indian businessmen to fail, including Anil Ambani, Pramod Mittal, Naresh Goyal and Venugopal Dhoot.

1 Aug 2021 - 8:39PM
Tokyo Olympics: Indian women athletes fight sexism, poverty to reach sporting dreams

There are 56 sportswomen competing across 16 categories – the largest share of female talent India has ever fielded at the Summer Games.

There are 56 sportswomen competing across 16 categories – the largest share of female talent India has ever fielded at the Summer Games.

25 Jul 2021 - 4:35PM
In India, one-stop marriage shops help runaway couples tie the knot

Newlyweds who elope to escape social pressures often rely on a network of service providers that includes lawyers, agents and priests.

Newlyweds who elope to escape social pressures often rely on a network of service providers that includes lawyers, agents and priests.

30 Jul 2021 - 3:45PM