kolkata http://kalw.org en Bring the Noise!! http://kalw.org/post/bring-noise <p></p><p>The first thing I notice when I come to Kolkata from San Francisco is not the heat. Or the smog. But the noise. A survey a couple of years ago found that at 10 major crossings the horn count&nbsp; average per day was a whopping 107392 per day, that’s over 70 honks per minute. Cars and buses loudly flout No Horn signs around hospitals and schools.</p><p>Some drivers are honking because a pedestrian, or a cow is jaywalking, or another car is turning without a signal or just because.</p><p>Why is Kolkata so loud?</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:35:40 +0000 Sandip Roy 39559 at http://kalw.org Bring the Noise!! Remembering Sushmita http://kalw.org/post/remembering-sushmita <p></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 32859 at http://kalw.org Remembering Sushmita Purple bag nostalgia http://kalw.org/post/purple-bag-nostalgia <p></p><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: Times; line-height: normal; ">Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the </span>telegramto<span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> 13 to 5. The </span>MusicWorld<span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> store&nbsp; was not even a decade old.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:38:20 +0000 Sandip Roy 31264 at http://kalw.org Purple bag nostalgia Monsoon season http://kalw.org/post/monsoon-season <p></p><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; ">T</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">here’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.</span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 30537 at http://kalw.org Monsoon season A Telegram just came for you... http://kalw.org/post/telegram-just-came-you <p></p><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">The telegram was 163 which I guess is a fine age to finally give up the ghost. The last telegram went out somewhere in India on Sunday July 15. Order No. 111-23/93/T-II (Pt. IV) from the government finally put the poor thing to its rest.&nbsp; A rather dry bureaucratic way to end a very colourful life....</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 30213 at http://kalw.org A Telegram just came for you...