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.

Pages

6:45am

Wed May 8, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/8

Revisit: All You Can Eat India

Buffet table
Sandip Roy

Today we revisit a previous dispatch so Sandip can recover from the flu. 

In America, Sandip discovered coma-inducing lunches of all you can eat chicken tikka masala and saag paneer and naan for just 9.99. Well, what goes around comes around. The great Indian buffet has come to India - with a vengeance.

Read more

11:53am

Wed May 1, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/1

Sandip takes to the pitch

Cheer Girls
Hindustani Times

Sandip returns to the pitch! 

Read more

6:45am

Wed April 24, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/24

Defining the "worst" ever downward

Protests in Dehli
India Times

India it seems is no country  for its children. The national crime records bureau shows child rape cases went up 336 percent between 2001 and 2011. And that, the report by the Asian Center for Human Rights says is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Read more

6:45am

Wed April 17, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/17

Imminent hive collapse

Spelling Bee Participants at the American Center
Sandip Roy

The website Quartz reported that the Scripps National Spelling Bee might have just undercut its best competitors – Indian Americans.

Read more

6:45am

Wed April 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/10

The intriguing story of Shaikh Musa.

Fatima Shaik and Jeffrey Reneau at American Center
American Center, Kolkata

Fatima Shaikh has yet to find a family like hers - African American Catholics with a Muslim name - all thanks to a man she had never met, her grandfather Shaikh Muhammad Musa. A Bengali peddler from India who married an African American woman from New Orleans in 1896. He left behind three children but few clues about himself.

Read more

Pages