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.

On October 2 India will mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. South Africans say India gave us Mohandas Gandhi. We returned him as the Mahatma of Great Soul. South African academics Ashvin Desai and Ghoolam Vahed have a different take in their book 

"Southern Living" by Flickr user balaji shankar venka, used under CC BY/resized from originaltachari

Most of us around the world wake up to alarm clocks or the clock radio turning on.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

In a world where consumer choice is deified, multi-cuisine’s stock keeps going up, no matter its quality.  

Courtesy of Aroup Chaterjee

As I sat down to lunch in Kolkata on Sunday, far away in Vatican City, the woman who made Kolkata famous around the world was becoming a saint.

Photo by Sandip Roy

Last week Kolkata was busy celebrating a birthday with flowers, candles, cards and songs.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy and Baluji Shrivastav

In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns. But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time.

On Sunday night, much of India was watching television with bated breath. All for one young woman at the Rio Olympics. Her name is Dipa Karmakar and a billion people’s hopes were resting on her shoulders.

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

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

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

Every immigrant has a coming to the America memory. Nayomi Munaweera came to America when she was 12. It was the mid eighties. And Duran Duran.

  Why not Je Suis Dhaka? 

Sandip Roy: Homecoming

Jun 29, 2016

Sometimes when I return to San Francisco from Calcutta it feels like I have two homes, the best of both worlds. 

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
Taher Shah
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.  

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