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 6, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/6

The Gulabi Gang comes to San Francisco

Gulabi Gang Poster

Gulabi Gang screens at the Third I San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival on November 9 at the Castro in San Francisco and November 16 at the Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto. Filmmaker Nishtha Jain will be at both screenings.

For other films and more info visit www.thirdi.org

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6:45am

Wed October 30, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/30

Beware the Bhoots!

Bhooter Bhabishyat poster

Sandip Roy is haunted in India.

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6:45am

Wed October 23, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/23

The Sound of old India... available now!

Guhar Jaan sang on the first recording in India

Sandip Roy discovers the long lost sounds of Indian Music!

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11:20am

Wed October 16, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/16

Unbearable Durga Puja

The Godess returns
Sandip Roy

A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children. That sounds like hardly the excuse for five days of city wide festivities. But that’s exactly what happens during Durga Puja in Kolkata.  Because This is no ordinary mother. It’s the ten-armed mother goddess Durga coming back to visit her home with her four children. And Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

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7:27am

Thu October 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/9

Modi the Magnificent

Modi speaks

Elections are next year in India.  But Narendra Modi, the man who wants to be the next prime minister of India is holding his first major rally in the nation’s capital. Everything is outsized about it. The mammoth audience. The three levels of security the press has to go through. The one hundred foot tall cut out of the man towering over the crowd – welcoming or menacing depending on your point of view.

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