kolkata http://kalw.org en Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Saundhi Mitti http://kalw.org/post/sandip-roys-dispatch-saundhi-mitti <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 50, 51); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">July 16, 2014: Monsoon has always been the most important season in India - whether it's from the point of view of the economy or the Bollywood rain dance. But coming back to India after years in America, Sandip Roy finds the memories of monsoons past don't always live up to the realities of monsoons present.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Sandip Roy 46789 at http://kalw.org Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Saundhi Mitti 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