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6:45am

Wed March 4, 2015
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/4/2015

Sandip Roy: Partition Museum

Map of India before and after Partition

There's a penthouse suite in downtown Berkeley, California that  would make you think you are in a tech incubator hub. White boards on the wall with scribbles on them. Panoramic views of the Berkeley hills.  Two syllable names like Chirp and Kizoom – more catchy than meaningful.

And then there is the 1947 Archive.

The Partition of India uprooted 10 -15 million people , the largest mass displacement of the 20th century.  250,000 – two million died. Yet no museum commemorates it. Until this archive from downtown Berkeley.  

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6:45am

Wed February 25, 2015
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/25/2015

Sandip Roy: Tropes of South Asian Fiction

A funny blog on the site Publishing Perspectives came up with a checklist for the must have ingredients of a bad South Asian diasporan novel. Arranged Marriage. Multiple generations. A wise grandmother. Fabrics. 

Sandip Roy discovers that it's not so easy to stay away from those tired old tropes.  

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6:45am

Wed February 18, 2015
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/18/2015

Sandip Roy: Alabama

57 year old Sureshbhai Patel had recently arrived in the US from India to help take care of his new grandson. He went out for a walk in the suburban town in Alabama where his son lived. He ended up in hospital, partially paralysed. He was not mugged or robbed. Policemen did that to him. Patel spoke no English. 

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.

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6:45am

Wed February 11, 2015
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/11/2015

Sandip Roy: Good News for Tigers?

A Tiger and her cub

"Did you see a tiger?" The first question asked of anyone who comes back from Jim Corbett National Park was asked of Sandip Roy recently. Here is his answer.  

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6:45am

Wed February 4, 2015
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/4/2015

Sandip Roy: Call Your Mother!

Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.  

Sandip Roy is currently on tour promoting his debut novel, "Don't Let Him Know" published by Bloomsbury.

Hear him read in the bay area this week:

Wed. Feb. 4 at 7:30pm. Kepler's - 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

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