Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

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.

Sandip Roy: Sport Glue

Jun 22, 2016

Sports used to make me feel like the outsider, the one left out of the game. 

Sandip Roy: Orlando

Jun 15, 2016
PBS

That most basic of human gestures of intimacy, a kiss, can still be deadly. 

Bishan Samaddar

While the world was marking the passing of Muhammad Ali, another giant in the world of sports in India died in Kolkata to far less notice. 

Sandip Roy: Mango Crazy

Jun 1, 2016

What we call mango in English has a hundred different names in India. Indians don’t love their mangos. They form fanatical fan clubs of different kinds of mango.  

 

Somewhere between the Civil Aviation Authority, the airport authority, the airport security and the airline there is a communication gap. And Jeeja Ghosh fell into that gap.

at the Kolkata Literary Meet
Sandip Roy

The book “The year of the Runaways” was shortlisted for a Man Booker. But Sunjeev is an unlikely storyteller. he’d never read a novel until he was 18. 

Sandip says a heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.  

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Indians have no reason to feel left out anymore. The Donald has noticed them and the Donald has mocked them. 

  There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. 

Sandip Roy: Purple Angel

Apr 20, 2016
tahershah.com

  India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos. 

India's WillKat Crazy

Apr 13, 2016

The British left India a few years ago. Well almost 70 to be precise. But for some Indians, it’s just like yesterday. 

Sandip Roy

A recent disaster in Kolkata brings out the lookie-loos - and much more.

Ketevan Kardava / Georgian Public Broadcaster Network

  Kardava was doing what is her job as a journalist possibly at risk to her own life. The media is doing what they think is their job – finding an image that drives home that tragedy.  

Monica's Story

Mar 23, 2016

Most people who come to her restaurant and wash down golden fried prawn with cold beer have no inkling about her back story.

Sandip Roy

In 1962 a group of Indians were shipped off to internment camps during a war with China. 

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois, and stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.  

Sandip Roy: Oscar Gold

Mar 2, 2016

  This year saw the Academy Awards ceremony awash in racial controversy.

Sandip Roy: Mob Justice

Feb 24, 2016

Television is not just news. It has become the lynchpin of the lynchmob.

Sandip Roy: Auntie

Feb 17, 2016

Sandip says a heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.

Indian officials play 'racism dodge ball' in Bangalore.

 

Coldplay's new video is the great Western discovery of India all over again. 

Netaji Lives!

Jan 27, 2016
pictured outside the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1943
netaji.org / Netaji Research Bureau

The mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose has trumped the actual history of Subhas Bose. 

Darling Darjeeling

Jan 13, 2016

There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. 

Sandip Roy finds working from home is not all pajamas and TV.

Sandip Roy: Free Basics

Jan 6, 2016

Is net neutrality just a right for the West and a luxury for the rest. And must poor countries be told, be grateful, half an internet is better than no Internet at all?

Calling your mother can sometimes feel like you're in a spy film.

It’s hardly Santaland  but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.   

Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan. Though she was not there to witness it.

More than The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s latest and greatest, what really excites me is the short that accompanies it, Sanjay’s Super Team.   It’s a story Sanjay once told me sitting in his apartment in the East Bay.

Sandip Roy gets virtually stranded in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Lit. Fest.

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