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.



Wed September 24, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/24/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Indian Tartan

A tile in the Scottish cemetary
Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust

Scotland  will not be independent just yet. Great  Britain will be held together by Scotch tape. But thousands of miles  from Edinburgh in the heart of Kolkata there remains a piece of land that is indisputably Scottish.

It’s a relic of the British Raj. But it is the SCOTTISH cemetery.  

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Wed September 17, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/17/14

Sandip Roy: Muslim Caretakers of Jewish Tradition

Caretaker at a Synagogue
Sandip Roy

Every time we hear about Jews and Arabs it’s usually a story about conflict – about suicide bombs and land occupation and historical hostility. But the first time Sandip Roy went to a synagogue in Kolkata he found something odd. Muslim caretakers of Jewish synagogues. Generations of them.

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Wed September 10, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/10/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: A Jewish Museum in Kolkata?

Magen David Synagogue in Kolkata
Ashok Sinha

A Jewish museum just opened in Kolkata. Not a brick and mortar museum. There are only some 20 plus Jews left in Kolkata. 

But Jael Silliman, with the help of a Nehru Fulbright scholarship she’s the brains behind, the first digital archive of Calcutta’s vibrant Jewish history.  

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Wed September 3, 2014
Dispatch from Kolkata for 9/3/2014

Sandip Roy: Rice Bucket Challenge

Shiva Shankar from Hyderabad gets his niece Vaishnavi from Pune to donate rice to a woman who works there
Rice Bucket Challenge Facebook page

Journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi in the city of Hyderabad. Says the ice bucket challenge left her cold. Kalanidhi, who works for a rice research website decided instead of aping the Ice Bucket challenge, she could do something a little more Indian and a little less wasteful.

She came up with the Rice Bucket challenge. Take some rice. Give it to a needy person. And challenge your friends to do the same.
Sandip Roy investigates the latest social media challenge and finds out what all this 'Rice' is about.   

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Wed August 27, 2014
Dispatch from Kolkata for 8/27/2014

Sandip Roy explains "RushdieExplainsIndia"

The Twitter account "RushdieExplainsIndia" has attracted 13,000 followers in a very short time. However it isn't owned by Salman Rushdie, but by Rohit Chopra. Sandip Roy asks Mr. Chopra to explain "RushdieExplainsIndia."

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