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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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6:45am

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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6:45am

Wed November 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 11/12/2014

Sandip Roy: Dear Rahul

Rahul Richard Verma

The US Congress is now in Republican control. Pundits wonder what that implies for contentious issues like immigration reform, the war in the Middle East, and Supreme Court judges. But some in India are wondering whether it’s going to hold up the confirmation of the new American ambassador to India. 

Rahul Richard Verma would be the first Indian American to be Ambassador to India. Sandip Roy channels the thoughts of ohh... about a  billion Indians.

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6:45am

Wed November 5, 2014
Dispatche from Kolkata for 11/05/2014

Sandip Roy: Upaj

One dances dances in tap shoes.

The other on bare feet with bells tied to his ankles.

One danced on Sesame Street. The other comes from the streets of Calcutta

When they started performing together one was 26, the other 62.

One is New York’s Jason Samuels Smith.  The other is Bay Area’s Pandit Chitresh Das.

 

Sandip Roy looks at the story behind "Upaj."

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