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 June 12, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 6/12

Revolutionary Optimists

Children spreading the word about polio vaccination day
The Revolutionary Optimists http://revolutionaryoptimists.org

Whenever I hear the words film, slum, Kolkata my heart sinks a little. Whether it’s an Oscar winning documentary or a feature film, it always feels a little queasy – the poor as the object of pity.

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6:45am

Wed June 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

A Eulogy for He and She

Rituparno Ghosh
e24bollywood.com

Award winning Indian Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died suddenly at the age of 49 last week. At a time when rising acceptance of alternative sexuality in India has meant increasingly hard-coded labels — lesbian, gay, MSM, bisexual, transgender — Rituparno blurred all the boundaries with his androgyny. “It is for me to decide whether I will stand in the queue for men or for women or neither of the two,” he once said.

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6:45am

Wed May 29, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/29

The Great Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan in The Great Gatsby
showbizbites.com

For most of the world, The Great Gatsby is a film by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo di Caprio. For  India, it’s the film that marks the Hollywood debut of Bollywood’s biggest superstar, the seventy-year old Amitabh Bachchan.

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6:45am

Wed May 22, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/22

The Pressure Is On

Pressure Cooker Ad
frontpagemag.com

After the Boston bombings we confront the newest marker of the dangerous other – Beware the pressure cooker.

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10:05am

Wed May 15, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/158

Indian Cinema Turns 100!

100 Years of Indian Cinema
khwahishen-aisi.blogspot.com

On May 3 1913 D G Phalke stunned Indians with Raja Harishchandra, a melodramatic mythological film he called a performance with 57,000 photographs. He hardly imagined he was giving birth to the biggest film industry in the world.

 

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