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 the February 24th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Sandip Roy -- Morning Edition commentator, editor at Firstpost.com, and former host of Your Call.  His new novel Don’t Let Him Know explores migration, sexual identity and India’s complex social landscape. What role does literature play in helping us understand other cultures and people? We’ll take your questions for Sandip Roy on the next Your Call, with guest host Matt Martin and you.

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Sandip Roy: Alabama

Feb 18, 2015

57 year old Sureshbhai Patel had recently arrived in the US from India to help take care of his new grandson. He went out for a walk in the suburban town in Alabama where his son lived. He ended up in hospital, partially paralysed. He was not mugged or robbed. Policemen did that to him. Patel spoke no English. 

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.

"Did you see a tiger?" The first question asked of anyone who comes back from Jim Corbett National Park was asked of Sandip Roy recently. Here is his answer.  

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

Sandip Roy is currently on tour promoting his debut novel, "Don't Let Him Know" published by Bloomsbury.

Hear him read in the bay area this week:

Wed. Feb. 4 at 7:30pm. Kepler's - 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

Sandip Roy, whose "Dispatches from Kolkata" are heard every Wednesday as part of KALW's presentation of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, is in the Bay Area for the month to talk about his debut novel Don't Let Him Know

Here's where you can see Sandip in the coming weeks:
    Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30pm at Kepler's in Menlo Park, in conversation with Richard Rodriguez.  

Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm at Booksmith in San Francisco, in conversation with Holly Kernan.  

Thursday, February 12th at 5pm at the Institute for South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.  

Wednesday, February 18th at 7pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera. 

Once if you wanted to be an Indian city of any standing, you were measured by flyovers, specialty hospitals or multiplexes. These days you are measured by literary festivals.  

  Sandip Roy is at the Jaipur Literary festival in Kolkata, India's old capital, speaking with Rana Dasgupta about Delhi, India's new capital...

Remembering Debika Ghosh

Jan 14, 2015
Sandip Roy

The end of year issues all over magazine stands in India all carry photo spreads of the icons we lost. Famous people from the world of politics and music and film.

None of the year-enders listed my great aunt Debika Ghosh. She was notorious in her day as she  once told me. Any scandalous affair all over Calcutta was blamed on her bad influence.

The restless boy is finally still. Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 in Northern California
 

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When the 2004 Christmas tsunami swept through the Indian Ocean, it left devastation in its wake. Buildings, hotels, shipyards all laid to waste. Thousands dead or missing, and along with them ancient languages and cultures.  

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