Dispatch from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

After ten years of hosting New America Now, Sandip Roy is back on KALW, bringing you a little bit of the story of the new India every week – a letter home from his other home.

A lot has been written about the changing India, says Roy. But reporting about a changing India is one thing. Living in it and dealing with a country where newspapers are still being launched instead of folding, Internet rumors spark mass exoduses, and cricketers advertise skin-whitening creams called Fair and Handsome is another thing.

Sandip Roy’s "Dispatch from Kolkata" can now be heard Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm during KALW’s presentation of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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7:45am

Wed December 19, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/19

His sitar gently weeps…...


Dispatches from Kolkata for Dec. 19, 2012

There have been other musical greats in India. But Ravi Shankar was different. 

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7:35am

Wed December 12, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/12

From Kolkata with love: a Chinese Nobel laureate's Kolkata connection

Mo Yan
Naveen Kishore Seagull Books

Dispatches from Kolkata for Dec. 12, 2012

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8:44am

Wed December 5, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/5

Death Tourism

Bones left behind in the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Bishan Samaddar

 

The business of mourning never stops especially in a country where death itself has become a tourist attraction.

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7:45am

Wed November 28, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 11/28

Kasab is dead

Times of India

On November 26th 2008 terrorists stormed into Mumbai, and rained bullets on a railway station, a trendy café,  a five star hotel and a Jewish cetntre,  killing at least 166 people. 26/11 has often been called India’s 9/11. However the anniversary this week, marked as usual by wreath laying ceremonies and patriotic speeches in India, was an anniversary with a difference. Ajmal Kasab the lone surviving gunman for that terror attack was dead.

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7:45am

Wed November 21, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata for Nov. 21, 2012

Good Night Mr. Kissinger

Museum in Dhaka
Sandip Roy

What would you do if you were a Bangladeshi waiter in New York and suddenly found yourself serving the bogeyman of your national nightmare – Henry Kissinger?

It’s been over 40 years since Bangladesh became independent but as Anis makes clear it still loves to hate Henry Kissinger.  In 1971 he was the national security advisor and as Pakistani troops tried to brutally crush the independence movement in what became Bangladesh, Henry Kissinger sided with Pakistan because that was his corridor to Beijing. And Bangladeshis remember that.

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