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.

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
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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.

I will not overlay my Facebook profile picture with the French tricolor. 

Diwali Bang Bang!

Nov 11, 2015

It’s like saying I don’t like Christmas. It makes you sound like a killjoy Grinch. But I have never been particularly fond of Diwali. 

Sandip Roy: Food Fight

Nov 4, 2015

Liberal beef eaters unite!

The Old Monk is dying!?

Oct 28, 2015

The Old Monk is dying!? 

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A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children, and Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

As more writers return awards and honors, cynics ask if this is an outbreak of Award Returnitis.

After it was posted on WhatsApp that Aklhaq Mohamad's family was eating beef a mob beat and stoned him to death.

But what was the mob being fed?

Amidst the jubilation and euphoria surrounding Prime Minisater Narendra Modi's visit to Silicone Valley,   a familiar unwelcome guest.

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realize.

Sandip Roy never learned how to fly a kite, and he regrets it every September.  

Guardian UK

We are inundated by a circus of gratuitous and salacious images in our media everyday, but one recent photograph has cut through the clutter.

When Hardik Patel got 600,000 people to show up at a rally in Ahmedabadn in his native Gujarat everyone sat up and noticed

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The secrecy around an illness can become the great taboo.

An iconic Indian "Bollywood" film reminds Sandip Roy that a solid relationship can transcend the oceanic gap of language.

The Old Monk is dying!?

Aug 5, 2015

A beloved Old Monk is dying in India. 

It’s not a kitten video or an on-air blooper or a wardrobe malfunction. Who would have thought a 15 minute debating society speech could go viral? 

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What do immigrants carry with them to America?

Spices. Pressure cookers. Pickles. What’s far more unpredictable is what they carry back.

Sandip Roy: Mango Crazy

Jul 8, 2015

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.  

USA Today

After the historic ruling from SCOTUS on gay marriage, Sandip Roy reflects on... his Facebook feed?  

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