Sandip Roy

Purple bag nostalgia

Aug 7, 2013
Sandip Roy

Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the telegramto 13 to 5. The MusicWorld store  was not even a decade old.

 

Sandip Roy

She was just the Park Street rape victim. The woman who went to a nightclub in Kolkata in February 2012 and was tossed out of a car in the dead of night, battered and gang raped.  

Recently the Park Street rape victim did something almost unthinkable in India. Suzette Jordan revealed her identity.

 

Monsoon season

Jul 24, 2013
Sandip Roy

There’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.

Sandip Roy

The telegram was 163 which I guess is a fine age to finally give up the ghost. The last telegram went out somewhere in India on Sunday July 15. Order No. 111-23/93/T-II (Pt. IV) from the government finally put the poor thing to its rest.  A rather dry bureaucratic way to end a very colourful life....

Elderly respect in India

Jul 10, 2013
lkadvani.in

Mandela's long goodbye

Jul 3, 2013
f2.washington.edu

In his long goodbye, Nelson Mandela is also teaching us something. That no matter how much we want to hold on to something or someone, sometimes we have to let them go. To let go of Nelson Mandela is perhaps the greatest gift of gratitude the world can offer Mandela at this point.

Sandip Roy

In the last couple of weeks the state has been rocked by reports of brutal gang rapes. Sandip Roy takes us to the rally against the violence in College Square.

Super-Immigrant!

Jun 19, 2013
Warner Bros.

In India Man of Steel is just another superhero story. All action. 3D glasses and popcorn. But whether you watch in English or dubbed in Hindi Superman remains very American - a symphony of red, white and blue – streaking through the sky defending life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

But watching it in a theater filled with excited Indian families, it felt like there was a hidden message inside the movie  – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super-immigrant!

Revolutionary Optimists

Jun 12, 2013
The Revolutionary Optimists / http://revolutionaryoptimists.org

Whenever I hear the words film, slum, Kolkata my heart sinks a little. Whether it’s an Oscar winning documentary or a feature film, it always feels a little queasy – the poor as the object of pity.

A Eulogy for He and She

Jun 5, 2013
e24bollywood.com

Award winning Indian Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died suddenly at the age of 49 last week. At a time when rising acceptance of alternative sexuality in India has meant increasingly hard-coded labels — lesbian, gay, MSM, bisexual, transgender — Rituparno blurred all the boundaries with his androgyny. “It is for me to decide whether I will stand in the queue for men or for women or neither of the two,” he once said.

The Great Bachchan

May 29, 2013
showbizbites.com

For most of the world, The Great Gatsby is a film by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo di Caprio. For  India, it’s the film that marks the Hollywood debut of Bollywood’s biggest superstar, the seventy-year old Amitabh Bachchan.

The Pressure Is On

May 22, 2013
frontpagemag.com

After the Boston bombings we confront the newest marker of the dangerous other – Beware the pressure cooker.

Indian Cinema Turns 100!

May 15, 2013
khwahishen-aisi.blogspot.com

On May 3 1913 D G Phalke stunned Indians with Raja Harishchandra, a melodramatic mythological film he called a performance with 57,000 photographs. He hardly imagined he was giving birth to the biggest film industry in the world.

 

Sandip Roy

Today we revisit a previous dispatch so Sandip can recover from the flu. 

In America, Sandip 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.

Hindustani Times

Sandip returns to the pitch! 

India Times

India it seems is no country  for its children. The national crime records bureau shows child rape cases went up 336 percent between 2001 and 2011. And that, the report by the Asian Center for Human Rights says is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Imminent hive collapse

Apr 17, 2013
Sandip Roy

The website Quartz reported that the Scripps National Spelling Bee might have just undercut its best competitors – Indian Americans.

American Center, Kolkata

Fatima Shaikh has yet to find a family like hers - African American Catholics with a Muslim name - all thanks to a man she had never met, her grandfather Shaikh Muhammad Musa. A Bengali peddler from India who married an African American woman from New Orleans in 1896. He left behind three children but few clues about himself.

samesexmarriagesindelaware.com

India’s Supreme Court is yet to rule on the repeal of its anti homosexuality law. But just because marriage equality isn’t on the table yet does not mean a country like India doesn’t have its own way of thinking about all these issues.

www.gaurdian.co.uk

   

 

The December gang rape in Delhi spurred such huge protests in India, a surprised government had to act quickly.

www.adilmohdblog.com

In India, having a close family leads to suspicion.

Sandip Roy

The simple no frills boxes read Nahoum & Sons, Pvt Ltd. Dainty Confectionery. This family bakery in Kolkata is over a hundred years old and looks it - Nahoum's is nostalgia baked into a cake.

Working from home

Mar 6, 2013

Working from home can sometimes depend on where your working at home from.

Manil Suri

 

Writers are usually nervous about labels. Like Asian. Immigrant. Or gay. . But novelist Manil Suri actually likes to bring up that gay stuff during interviews. Manil Suri has  written two acclaimed novels. But his latest The City of Devi is in a sense his coming out novel.

Indian Express / indianexpress.com

 

Eliminating wrestling from the Olympics to save the modern pentathlon is terribly unjust. And in this part of the world, it stings a little harder.

 

 

Sandip Roy

Ploughing through aisles and aisles of books selling guides to cracking management exams and microwave cookery, Sandip Roy wonders if he's been fooled by all these lines into believing in a city that is still enamored of actually reading...

Obaid-Chinoy

Sandip Roy speaks with Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the Jaipur Literature Festival

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!

Jan 30, 2013

What happens when a few hundred thousand people from around the world throng into an old palace in Rajasthan on a wintry January morning?  Welcome to the Jaipur Literature Festival.

What's Osama bin Laden doing on American Idol!? Sandip Roy considers the appearance of Gurpreet Singh Sarin on Fox's "American Idol." Does this young Sikh-American hold the key to changing the attitudes and misconceptions of Americans?

Painted and Dented

Jan 16, 2013
IBN Live / IBN Live

In the wake of the anger in India over the gang rape and death of the 23 year old woman in Delhi, India’s politicians have been all over the map. One said just because India won its freedom at midnight it didn’t mean women could roam the streets at midnight. But the reaction that really went viral came from Abhijit Mukherjee, a newly-elected member of parliament. In an interview with a Bengali television channel, he dismissed the women at protests and vigils as highly dented and painted.

 

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