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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6:45am

Wed July 24, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/24

Monsoon season

Schoolboys in the rain
Sandip Roy

There’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.

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6:45am

Wed July 17, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 7/17

A Telegram just came for you...

Central Telegraph Office in Kolkata
Sandip Roy

The telegram was 163 which I guess is a fine age to finally give up the ghost. The last telegram went out somewhere in India on Sunday July 15. Order No. 111-23/93/T-II (Pt. IV) from the government finally put the poor thing to its rest.  A rather dry bureaucratic way to end a very colourful life....

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6:45am

Wed July 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/10

Elderly respect in India

L.K. Advani
lkadvani.in

6:45am

Wed July 3, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/3

Mandela's long goodbye

A Young Nelson Mandela
f2.washington.edu

In his long goodbye, Nelson Mandela is also teaching us something. That no matter how much we want to hold on to something or someone, sometimes we have to let them go. To let go of Nelson Mandela is perhaps the greatest gift of gratitude the world can offer Mandela at this point.

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6:45am

Wed June 26, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 6/26

A "Silent" Rally in Kolkata

Rally against rape in Kolkata
Sandip Roy

In the last couple of weeks the state has been rocked by reports of brutal gang rapes. Sandip Roy takes us to the rally against the violence in College Square.

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