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6:45am

Wed December 4, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/4

I smell onions!

Onion Ad
Sandip Roy

It's election week in New Delhi and politicians are in a soup. An Indian onion soup to be precise. Onion prices have been so high the opposition party has gleefully plastered pictures of Onions on billboards and bus stands to remind the voters where it’s hurting.

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6:45am

Wed November 27, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/27

Hell at Tehelka

Tarun Tejpal
ndtv.com

When violence against women was big in the news in India, an investigative magazine called Tehelka did an explosive sting operation. Its reporters went undercover to 23 police stations around Delhi and got cops talking about rape.  The results were shocking. Most cops were happy to blame women for wearing skirts that don’t cover them fully. For having a drink.  For going out with a boyfriend and his friends. Real rape they said was rare. And those who  were really raped would never complain anyway. This year the magazine produced a special issue on sexual violence

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6:45am

Wed November 20, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/20

The Magnetic Manna Dey

www.pinkvilla.com

Immigrants often feel much lonelier mourning the far away death of someone who was dearly beloved – a writer, an actor, a sportsman. But a singer is different. In the days before the Internet,  singers were the only parts of our growing up that we could carry with us into small towns across America. They were portable. They came on cassettes, the plastic covers cracked by the weight of our journeys. 

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6:45am

Wed November 13, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/13

Beyond All Boundaries

Sachin Tendulkar
khelnama.com

Do you find the sport "Cricket" to be baffling?  As the documentary Beyond All Boundaries , the definitive Cricket documentary, can help. In fact, it's easier to relate to than you might think. Sandip Roy takes to the pitch.

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6:45am

Wed November 6, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/6

The Gulabi Gang comes to San Francisco

Gulabi Gang Poster

Gulabi Gang screens at the Third I San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival on November 9 at the Castro in San Francisco and November 16 at the Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto. Filmmaker Nishtha Jain will be at both screenings.

For other films and more info visit www.thirdi.org

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