Sandip Roy

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In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns. But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time.

On Sunday night, much of India was watching television with bated breath. All for one young woman at the Rio Olympics. Her name is Dipa Karmakar and a billion people’s hopes were resting on her shoulders.

Taher Shah
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India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois.  Jerri says they stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.

Every immigrant has a coming to the America memory. Nayomi Munaweera came to America when she was 12. It was the mid eighties. And Duran Duran.

  Why not Je Suis Dhaka? 

Sandip Roy: Homecoming

Jun 29, 2016

Sometimes when I return to San Francisco from Calcutta it feels like I have two homes, the best of both worlds. 

Sandip Roy: Sport Glue

Jun 22, 2016

Sports used to make me feel like the outsider, the one left out of the game. 

Sandip Roy: Orlando

Jun 15, 2016
PBS

That most basic of human gestures of intimacy, a kiss, can still be deadly. 

Bishan Samaddar

While the world was marking the passing of Muhammad Ali, another giant in the world of sports in India died in Kolkata to far less notice. 

Sandip Roy: Mango Crazy

Jun 1, 2016

What we call mango in English has a hundred different names in India. Indians don’t love their mangos. They form fanatical fan clubs of different kinds of mango.  

 

Somewhere between the Civil Aviation Authority, the airport authority, the airport security and the airline there is a communication gap. And Jeeja Ghosh fell into that gap.

at the Kolkata Literary Meet
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The book “The year of the Runaways” was shortlisted for a Man Booker. But Sunjeev is an unlikely storyteller. he’d never read a novel until he was 18. 

Sandip says a heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.  

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Indians have no reason to feel left out anymore. The Donald has noticed them and the Donald has mocked them. 

  There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. 

Sandip Roy: Purple Angel

Apr 20, 2016
Taher Shah
tahershah.com

  India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos. 

Sandip Roy

A recent disaster in Kolkata brings out the lookie-loos - and much more.

Ketevan Kardava / Georgian Public Broadcaster Network

  Kardava was doing what is her job as a journalist possibly at risk to her own life. The media is doing what they think is their job – finding an image that drives home that tragedy.  

Monica's Story

Mar 23, 2016

Most people who come to her restaurant and wash down golden fried prawn with cold beer have no inkling about her back story.

Sandip Roy

In 1962 a group of Indians were shipped off to internment camps during a war with China. 

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois, and stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.  

Sandip Roy: Oscar Gold

Mar 2, 2016

  This year saw the Academy Awards ceremony awash in racial controversy.

Sandip Roy: Mob Justice

Feb 24, 2016

Television is not just news. It has become the lynchpin of the lynchmob.

Sandip Roy: Auntie

Feb 17, 2016

Sandip says a heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.

Indian officials play 'racism dodge ball' in Bangalore.

 

Coldplay's new video is the great Western discovery of India all over again. 

Netaji Lives!

Jan 27, 2016
pictured outside the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1943
netaji.org / Netaji Research Bureau

The mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose has trumped the actual history of Subhas Bose. 

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