Sandip Roy

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 Research Bureau

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

Darling Darjeeling

Jan 13, 2016

There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. 

Sandip Roy finds working from home is not all pajamas and TV.

Sandip Roy: Free Basics

Jan 6, 2016

Is net neutrality just a right for the West and a luxury for the rest. And must poor countries be told, be grateful, half an internet is better than no Internet at all?

Calling your mother can sometimes feel like you're in a spy film.

It’s hardly Santaland  but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.   

Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan. Though she was not there to witness it.

More than The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s latest and greatest, what really excites me is the short that accompanies it, Sanjay’s Super Team.   It’s a story Sanjay once told me sitting in his apartment in the East Bay.

Sandip Roy gets virtually stranded in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Lit. Fest.

I will not overlay my Facebook profile picture with the French tricolor. 

Diwali Bang Bang!

Nov 11, 2015

It’s like saying I don’t like Christmas. It makes you sound like a killjoy Grinch. But I have never been particularly fond of Diwali. 

Sandip Roy: Food Fight

Nov 4, 2015

Liberal beef eaters unite!

The Old Monk is dying!?

Oct 28, 2015

The Old Monk is dying!? 

Sandip Roy

A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children, and Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

As more writers return awards and honors, cynics ask if this is an outbreak of Award Returnitis.

After it was posted on WhatsApp that Aklhaq Mohamad's family was eating beef a mob beat and stoned him to death.

But what was the mob being fed?

Amidst the jubilation and euphoria surrounding Prime Minisater Narendra Modi's visit to Silicone Valley,   a familiar unwelcome guest.

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realize.

Sandip Roy never learned how to fly a kite, and he regrets it every September.  

Guardian UK

We are inundated by a circus of gratuitous and salacious images in our media everyday, but one recent photograph has cut through the clutter.

When Hardik Patel got 600,000 people to show up at a rally in Ahmedabadn in his native Gujarat everyone sat up and noticed

The secrecy around an illness can become the great taboo.