Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm
Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy, former host of Your Call and  New America Now, 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 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 May 27, 2015
Dispatch from Kolkata for 5/27/2015

Sandip Roy: Remembering Sultan

Modi event

I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.

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6:45am

Wed May 13, 2015
Dispatch from Kolkata for 5/13/2015

Sandip Roy: Managing the System

Salman Khan

  One hot muggy afternoon last week I was at the city office in Kolkata trying to figure out a property tax bill.  After two and a half hours of running from pillar to post, counter to counter, waiting on one official or the other, I understood first hand a fact of life in India – the system never works for you unless you know someone with connections who can, as they say, "manage it for you." But as I was sitting in that office I heard a piece of news that restored my faith...

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6:45am

Wed May 6, 2015
Dispatch from Kolkata for 5/6/2015

Sandip Roy: Bilateral Relations

Keith Vaz and Abhishek Bachchan

In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Millionaire.

But nothing prepared me for the oddest couple of all - Bollywood and geopolitics.

 

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6:45am

Wed April 29, 2015
Dispatch from Kolkata for 4/29/2015

Sandip Roy: Lost Inheritance

The world will need to remember that Nepal is not just a home for temples and palaces and Everest expeditions. It is a country that millions call home and those thousands dead and those houses destroyed are also part of its lost inheritance.

 

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6:45am

Wed April 22, 2015
Dispatch from Kolkata for 4/22/2015

Sandip Roy: Rights and Responsibilities

Priya Vedi

It is all very well to castigate the Supreme Court for its failure to affirm gay rights. But rights mean nothing without responsibility and those responsibilities begin at home.  

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