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Wed September 11, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/11

Remembering Sushmita

Sushmita memorial
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6:45am

Wed September 4, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/4

Teacher's Day

Father Camille Bouche and class
Sandip Roy

September 5th is always Teachers Day in India. That means no studies, little song-and-dance programs in classrooms and  gifts of sweets for teachers.

My old teacher and school prefect Father Camille Bouche would have found little favour with today’s parents.  A pink-faced Jesuit priest from Luxembourg he spoke English with a heavy Gallic accent. He smoked incessantly, stubbing out his cigarette as he walked into class, sometimes dropping ash down our collars. He used his cane liberally.

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6:45am

Wed August 28, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/28

India's Most Wanted Phone

Police officials escort a suspect in the gang-rape of a female photographer, from a crime branch unit station in Mumbai.
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6:45am

Wed August 21, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 8/21

Radical Skeletons

Anirvan & Barnali tell the story of Kartar Singh
Sandip Roy

It turns out that a community best known for winning spelling bees also has some radical skeletons in its closet. Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh who live in Berkeley curate the South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.

Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour: www.berkeleysouthasian.org

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6:45am

Wed August 14, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/14

Dark and Beautiful

Dark Is Beautiful Campaign
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India’s obsession with fair skin is legendary. The matrimonial ads have their own complexion code pyramid. There’s fair and lovely at the top. Then the glowing wheatish complexion. Then medium complexion apparently unglowing. Those who don’t mention complexion at all are just assumed to be dark. You routinely hear someone described as pretty even though she’s so dark. Actress Nandita Das tells DesiYup.com that she’s used to it now.

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