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8:44am

Wed December 5, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/5

Death Tourism

Bones left behind in the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Bishan Samaddar

 

The business of mourning never stops especially in a country where death itself has become a tourist attraction.

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2:03am

Tue November 27, 2012
Opinion

From A Calcutta Prison To The Classical Stage

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:31 am

Nigel Akkara plays Ratnakar the Bandit in the dance drama Valmiki Pratibha.
Courtesy of Nigel Akkara

A new Indian feature film was inspired by a group of prisoners who formed a well-known classical dance company. Commentator Sandip Roy has the true story of a famous Indian dancer and the convicts she befriended.

Alokananda Roy walked into Calcutta's Presidency Jail on International Women's Day, 2007. The Indian classical dancer had been invited to watch female inmates perform, but it was the men who caught her eye.

"They shook me," she says. "Their body language — it was as though they had no future, nothing to look forward to."

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7:45am

Wed November 21, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata for Nov. 21, 2012

Good Night Mr. Kissinger

Museum in Dhaka
Sandip Roy

What would you do if you were a Bangladeshi waiter in New York and suddenly found yourself serving the bogeyman of your national nightmare – Henry Kissinger?

It’s been over 40 years since Bangladesh became independent but as Anis makes clear it still loves to hate Henry Kissinger.  In 1971 he was the national security advisor and as Pakistani troops tried to brutally crush the independence movement in what became Bangladesh, Henry Kissinger sided with Pakistan because that was his corridor to Beijing. And Bangladeshis remember that.

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7:45am

Wed November 14, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

All you can eat India

Buffet table

In America, I discovered coma-inducing lunches of all you can eat chicken tikka masala and saag paneer and naan for just 9.99. Well, what goes around comes around. The great Indian buffet has come - to India - with a vengeance.  

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7:40am

Wed November 7, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Absentee voter

Why do American elections matter to the world when barely 50 percent of Americans show up at the polling booth? Sandip Roy votes absentee... from India.

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