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6:45am

Wed February 26, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/26/14

The Lunchbox feeds your soul

It may have been passed over for an Oscar nomination, but the New York Times calls The Lunchbox a Bollywood anomaly - a  quiet movie of unexpressed anguish and yearning instead of movies that clutch viewers by the throat and assault them with glamour, pizazz and dancing.

But what’s really surprising about  The Lunchbox is it actually really made a splash in India with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed February 19, 2014
Dispatch from Kolkata for 2/19

Penguin chickens out

Penguin Chicken
Bhavin Patel

When the publishers Penguin and Random House merged, it called itself The world's first truly global book publishing company". Sounds powerful. But it turns out it just took a dogged 84 year old man named Dinanath Batra to turn Penguin into a chicken.

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6:35am

Wed February 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/12/14

Bring the Noise!!

Traffic jam in Kolkata
thehindubusinessline.com

The first thing I notice when I come to Kolkata from San Francisco is not the heat. Or the smog. But the noise. A survey a couple of years ago found that at 10 major crossings the horn count  average per day was a whopping 107392 per day, that’s over 70 honks per minute. Cars and buses loudly flout No Horn signs around hospitals and schools.

Some drivers are honking because a pedestrian, or a cow is jaywalking, or another car is turning without a signal or just because.

Why is Kolkata so loud?

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6:45am

Wed February 5, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/5/14

Stray or Great?

Vikram Seth India Today cover
India Today

Vikram Seth, maybe India's most well known writer, is a very private man. But sometimes one just can not keep quiet.

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6:45am

Wed January 29, 2014
dispatches from Kolkata for 1/29/14

Jaipur Literature Festival 2014

Nayomi Muneewara
satsumabug.com

Sandip Roy meets Oakland, CA author Nayomi Munaweera at one of the world's greatest literature festivals, in Jaipur India.

She was there to read and sell her new book, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors."

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