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.

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This Mother’s Day Sandip remembers Nigel Akkara, who told him about his two mothers.

Sandip Roy: The Stray

May 9, 2018
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Sandip gets adopted by a neighborhood stray.

In India, the fake news genie is well and truly out of the bottle. 

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted of killing a protected deer, 

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  Sandip enjoys a very eclectic passover meal in Kolkata.

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In Kolkata Starbucks is not just coffee, it’s clearly cachet. 

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The Indian Science Minister tried to capitalize on Stephen Hawking’s death, but to what end? 

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The long shadow of Sir Churchill.

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For a little while, in the hills of Rishikesh, India it will be 1968 again.

Sandip Roy remembers the iconic Indian actress Sridevi, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 24, 2018. Age 54.  

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Sandip discovers the Parsee’s of India, and a forbidden fashion technique.  

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Sandip struggles with a “getting back to nature” trip.

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Sandip and writers Amy Tan and Rabih Alameddine explore what makes Jaipur one of the greatest literature festivals in the world.  

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Writer Sandip Roy experiences a deeper meaning to the 'Lit fest’ circuit.   

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What's in a tiger sighting? 

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Sandip forgets to feed his social media stream, and reconnects with the world.  

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In 2014 the Indian Supreme did something amazing. In a country that still criminalizes gay sex, it said transgender community deserved the right to self determination, but

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 A work of art sparking protest is nothing new, but Padmavati takes the art of taking offence to another level.

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Once the white man came to India to lift the natives out of their heathen darkness 

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While America is mixing, we are seeing the rise of pure white nationalism. 

Sandip Roy: Goodbye NAM

Nov 8, 2017

Sandy Close, a MacArthur genius with an idea a minute, created an organization 

Sandip Roy: You Too?

Nov 1, 2017

I must confess when the #MeToo hashtags started flooding my social media timeline I was skeptical. 

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Once Asha effortlessly brought India to my kitchen in California. 

Sandip Roy: Don't mess with Kali

Oct 18, 2017
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I’ve always felt diffident about our Kali. She seems difficult to explain to the uninitiated. 

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70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone.

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It takes only a few hours to fly from Kolkata to Bangkok, and a weekend in Bangkok is quite common. But there’s very little of Thailand in Kolkata. 

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The arch diocese of Kolkata was set up in 1886, and it's saint is St Francis Xavier. But then along came Mother Teresa 

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At first he was funny.  A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a God man. 

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The Indian Supreme Court caught everyone by surprise, including Sandip Roy.

Amar Kapoor kept a diary after migrating to Delhi following the blood-drenched summer of 1947 from Lahore via the border city of Amritsar, where the family spent three months on the veranda of a house.
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This August 15th marked 70 years of India’s independence.  But this also marks 70 years of one of India’s greatest human tragedies. 

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