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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6:35am

Wed February 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/12/14

Bring the Noise!!

Traffic jam in Kolkata
thehindubusinessline.com

The first thing I notice when I come to Kolkata from San Francisco is not the heat. Or the smog. But the noise. A survey a couple of years ago found that at 10 major crossings the horn count  average per day was a whopping 107392 per day, that’s over 70 honks per minute. Cars and buses loudly flout No Horn signs around hospitals and schools.

Some drivers are honking because a pedestrian, or a cow is jaywalking, or another car is turning without a signal or just because.

Why is Kolkata so loud?

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6:45am

Wed February 5, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/5/14

Stray or Great?

Vikram Seth India Today cover
India Today

Vikram Seth, maybe India's most well known writer, is a very private man. But sometimes one just can not keep quiet.

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6:45am

Wed January 29, 2014
dispatches from Kolkata for 1/29/14

Jaipur Literature Festival 2014

Nayomi Muneewara
satsumabug.com

Sandip Roy meets Oakland, CA author Nayomi Munaweera at one of the world's greatest literature festivals, in Jaipur India.

She was there to read and sell her new book, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors."

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6:45am

Wed January 22, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/22/14

Official Disapproval

Kumar and Sukhwinder
DreamActivist

India's “official” seal of disapproval of Gay activity is important especially for an immigration judge..  It now has inadvertently provided asylum seekers the documentary evidence they need to apply for refuge in the U.S.

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6:45am

Wed January 15, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/15/14

A Big Screen Must See

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray is India’s most acclaimed filmmaker.  But from Friday, January 17th, film lovers in the Bay Area will be able to see something people in India don’t really get to experience anymore. The films of Ray, restored and cleaned, on the big screen.

The Pacific Film Archive will screen the films of Satyajit Ray starting Jan. 17th.

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