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 September 25, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/25

I Love You Box

a Dabbawala delivers food.
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Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed September 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/18

Miss America's not fair enough... for Indians

Nina Davuluri crowned 'Miss America'

Her name is Nina Davuluri and this Indian American is the new "Miss America."  Indians are of course in a self-righteous lather about the blatant racism expressed on twitter recently, but here’s the ugly truth. Nina Davuluri can be Miss America. But she could never be Miss India. Or even Miss Indian-American Fremont. She’s just too dark

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6:45am

Wed September 11, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/11

Remembering Sushmita

Sushmita memorial
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6:45am

Wed September 4, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/4

Teacher's Day

Father Camille Bouche and class
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September 5th is always Teachers Day in India. That means no studies, little song-and-dance programs in classrooms and  gifts of sweets for teachers.

My old teacher and school prefect Father Camille Bouche would have found little favour with today’s parents.  A pink-faced Jesuit priest from Luxembourg he spoke English with a heavy Gallic accent. He smoked incessantly, stubbing out his cigarette as he walked into class, sometimes dropping ash down our collars. He used his cane liberally.

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6:45am

Wed August 28, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/28

India's Most Wanted Phone

Police officials escort a suspect in the gang-rape of a female photographer, from a crime branch unit station in Mumbai.
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