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 July 9, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/9/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Football!!

Argentina support
Sandip Roy

July 9, 2014: World Cup fever is infecting the entire world... including Kolkata, India!  

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6:45am

Wed July 2, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/2/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Happy Birthday Burman

R.D. Burman

July 2, 2014: R.D. Burman would have turned 75 last week and Bollywood threw a great birthday bash. 

Sandip and Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington remember the great Burman.

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6:45am

Wed June 25, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 6/25/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: One last ride, Ambassador

The classic Ambassador
Sachin Soni

 

June 25, 2014: Once if you owned a car in India, chances are it was an Ambassador car.  Rotund and roomy, it’s been described as a bowler hat on wheels – it could easily fit four adults, five kids, a dog, and some picnic hampers. It was the 'everyman car' and the Ambassador is making its last slow cruise around the block.

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6:45am

Wed June 18, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 6/18/2014

A Modi storm comes to Sunnyvale

Shubha Mudgal

In May 2014 Narendra Modi was elected the Prime Minister of India. His sweeping victory made for a watershed election in India. But unexpectedly the reverberations of that election are being felt all the way over in Sunnyvale, California.

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6:45am

Wed June 11, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 6/11/2014

Coolie Woman

When it comes to women going out by themselves in India, Gaiutra Bahadur comes from a family where the bar was set pretty high.

Bahadur's Grandmother was a "Coolie woman."  

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