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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11:20am

Wed October 16, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/16

Unbearable Durga Puja

The Godess returns
Sandip Roy

A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children. That sounds like hardly the excuse for five days of city wide festivities. But that’s exactly what happens during Durga Puja in Kolkata.  Because This is no ordinary mother. It’s the ten-armed mother goddess Durga coming back to visit her home with her four children. And Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

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7:27am

Thu October 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/9

Modi the Magnificent

Modi speaks

Elections are next year in India.  But Narendra Modi, the man who wants to be the next prime minister of India is holding his first major rally in the nation’s capital. Everything is outsized about it. The mammoth audience. The three levels of security the press has to go through. The one hundred foot tall cut out of the man towering over the crowd – welcoming or menacing depending on your point of view.

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6:45am

Wed September 25, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/25

I Love You Box

a Dabbawala delivers food.
Wikipedia

Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed September 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/18

Miss America's not fair enough... for Indians

Nina Davuluri crowned 'Miss America'

Her name is Nina Davuluri and this Indian American is the new "Miss America."  Indians are of course in a self-righteous lather about the blatant racism expressed on twitter recently, but here’s the ugly truth. Nina Davuluri can be Miss America. But she could never be Miss India. Or even Miss Indian-American Fremont. She’s just too dark

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6:45am

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

Remembering Sushmita

Sushmita memorial
Sandip Roy

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