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 August 21, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 8/21

Radical Skeletons

Anirvan & Barnali tell the story of Kartar Singh
Sandip Roy

It turns out that a community best known for winning spelling bees also has some radical skeletons in its closet. Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh who live in Berkeley curate the South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.

Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour: www.berkeleysouthasian.org

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6:45am

Wed August 14, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/14

Dark and Beautiful

Dark Is Beautiful Campaign
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India’s obsession with fair skin is legendary. The matrimonial ads have their own complexion code pyramid. There’s fair and lovely at the top. Then the glowing wheatish complexion. Then medium complexion apparently unglowing. Those who don’t mention complexion at all are just assumed to be dark. You routinely hear someone described as pretty even though she’s so dark. Actress Nandita Das tells DesiYup.com that she’s used to it now.

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9:38am

Wed August 7, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/7

Purple bag nostalgia

Music World closes
Sandip Roy

Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the telegramto 13 to 5. The MusicWorld store  was not even a decade old.

 

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6:45am

Wed July 31, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 7/31

Suzette emerges from the shadows

Suzette Jordan
Sandip Roy

She was just the Park Street rape victim. The woman who went to a nightclub in Kolkata in February 2012 and was tossed out of a car in the dead of night, battered and gang raped.  

Recently the Park Street rape victim did something almost unthinkable in India. Suzette Jordan revealed her identity.

 

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6:45am

Wed July 24, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/24

Monsoon season

Schoolboys in the rain
Sandip Roy

There’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.

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