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.

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6:45am

Wed November 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 11/12/2014

Sandip Roy: Dear Rahul

Rahul Richard Verma

The US Congress is now in Republican control. Pundits wonder what that implies for contentious issues like immigration reform, the war in the Middle East, and Supreme Court judges. But some in India are wondering whether it’s going to hold up the confirmation of the new American ambassador to India. 

Rahul Richard Verma would be the first Indian American to be Ambassador to India. Sandip Roy channels the thoughts of ohh... about a  billion Indians.

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6:45am

Wed November 5, 2014
Dispatche from Kolkata for 11/05/2014

Sandip Roy: Upaj

One dances dances in tap shoes.

The other on bare feet with bells tied to his ankles.

One danced on Sesame Street. The other comes from the streets of Calcutta

When they started performing together one was 26, the other 62.

One is New York’s Jason Samuels Smith.  The other is Bay Area’s Pandit Chitresh Das.

 

Sandip Roy looks at the story behind "Upaj."

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6:45am

Wed October 29, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 10/29/2014

Sandip Roy: Call Your Mother

  Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

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6:45am

Wed October 22, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/22/2014

Sandip Roy: Diwali Crackers

Diwali celebration at night
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It's Diwali this week and that means India is lit up like a Christmas tree.  Diwali is often described as an Indian Christmas and New Year rolled into one. Just supersized and made whole lot louder.

And I'm not kidding, when millions of people burst firecrackers together it means  your options are limited – join in, go deaf or invest in a good pair of ear plugs.

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6:45am

Wed October 15, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 10/15/2014

Sandip Roy: What's a Nobel for Anyway?

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay
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Even as the armies of India and Pakistan talk tough and lob shells at each other across the border, the Nobel Peace Prize committee decided to do their version of marriage counseling.

A joint Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi – a Pakistani and an Indian. Now if that doesn’t embarrass the two belligerent armies into a ceasefire, what can?

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