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Wed December 17, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/17/2014

Sandip Roy: Nighties are not for night

• Nightie (plural nighties)

A woman’s nightgown or nightdress; a dress-like garment worn to bed.

Example of usage: I was too embarrassed to answer the door in my nightie.

Obviously, the entry was not written by an Indian....  

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6:45am

Wed December 10, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/10/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Exodus

There are ten official plagues in Exodus: Gods and Kings. But there’s an eleventh unofficial one plaguing the Ridley Scott film.  The Nile might have turned red in the Bible but the cast in the film has turned white. And that’s no visual effect.

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Wed December 3, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/3/2014

Sandip Roy: After My Garden Grows

  In a village in northern Bengal there are no silver bells or cockle shells. But there are pretty maids all in a row. Some 50,000 of them including 17-year-old Monica Burman. She grows bottle gourds, spinach, hyacinth beans. But this is no ordinary kitchen garden. It’s drawn the attention of an Oscar winning filmmaker Megan Mylan.

She won an Oscar for a short documentary called Smile Pinki the same year Slumdog Millionare swept the awards.  Her new short film "After My Garden Grows" brings her back to India.

Sandip Roy met Mylan and Monica at a hotel in Bengal.

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Wed November 26, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/26/2014

Sandip Roy: All You Can Eat

In America, Sandip discovered coma-inducing lunches of all you can eat chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and naan for just 9.99. 

Well, what goes around comes around. The great American-Indian buffet has come - to India - with a vengeance.  

This post first appeared on Nov. 14, 2012

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Wed November 19, 2014
Dispatche from Kolkata for 11/19/2014

Sandip Roy: World Toilet Day

Nov. 19 is World Toilet Day, And India leads the world in open defecation. Over 630 MILLION Indians lack toilets. 65 pecent of villagers defectate in the open. For over 40 years one man has been leading a sort of toilet crusade in India. Sandip Roy spoke with Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, the toilet missionary.

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