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 November 14, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

All you can eat India

Buffet table

In America, I 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.  

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7:40am

Wed November 7, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Absentee voter

Why do American elections matter to the world when barely 50 percent of Americans show up at the polling booth? Sandip Roy votes absentee... from India.

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7:40am

Wed October 31, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Tight pants thwart police, fashion at 11!

Kolkata police in pants that are too tight?

7:45am

Wed October 24, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Happy Puja!

Durga Puja is the highest of high holidays for Bengalis when the mother Goddess comes home for five days every year. Bengalis abroad get very nostalgic at the mention of Durga Puja. The Bay Area hosts about half a dozen alone. But back in the Puja's home territory there's much grousing that the grand puja has become too tacky, too commercialized and too nouveaux riche. 

7:40am

Wed October 17, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan

The 70th birthday celebration of Bollywood's biggest star says as much about the people of India as it does about Amitabh Bachchan.

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