India

Sandip Roy: Don't mess with Kali

Oct 18, 2017
Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

I’ve always felt diffident about our Kali. She seems difficult to explain to the uninitiated. 

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy/modified from original

70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

The arch diocese of Kolkata was set up in 1886, and it's saint is St Francis Xavier. But then along came Mother Teresa 

Amar Kapoor kept a diary after migrating to Delhi following the blood-drenched summer of 1947 from Lahore via the border city of Amritsar, where the family spent three months on the veranda of a house.
Courtesy of the Partition Museum/modified from original

This August 15th marked 70 years of India’s independence.  But this also marks 70 years of one of India’s greatest human tragedies. 

Photo courtesy Sandip Roy/modified from original

Sandip Roy reflects on India’s journey as it turns 70.

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

Courtesy Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustani Times, modified from original

There have been other mob attacks in India before three Nigerians were beaten in a mall in Delhi on March 27. Each time the government promises stringent action.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

A currency note is a promise. The government is holding that promise in abeyance, even breaking that trust, by promising a better future. 

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

In a world where consumer choice is deified, multi-cuisine’s stock keeps going up, no matter its quality.  

Fog City Blues: Aki Kumar + extra hour

Sep 21, 2016

Aki Kumar, the world's first professional blues harmonica player to hail from India, kicks off a special three-hour edition of Fog City Blues.

Taher Shah
tahershah.com

India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

StoryCorps: A mother remembers growing up in India

Aug 1, 2016

Sreedevi Doctor talks with her daughter, Sachi, about the shock of arriving in the U.S. as an immigrant from India and what she misses most from home. 

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois.  Jerri says they stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.

Sandip Roy: Purple Angel

Apr 20, 2016
Taher Shah
tahershah.com

  India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos. 

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois, and stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.  

Your Call weekly kudos: February 26th, 2016

Feb 26, 2016

  

On the February 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable.

On the February 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about media coverage of the presidential primaries. With the presidential elections in full swing, how are the media scrutinizing the candidates’ records on major issues? We’ll also discuss the heated debate over freedom of speech in India, following the arrest of several students over the demonstrations at one of India’s most prestigious universities. Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Darling Darjeeling

Jan 13, 2016

There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. 

Diwali Bang Bang!

Nov 11, 2015

It’s like saying I don’t like Christmas. It makes you sound like a killjoy Grinch. But I have never been particularly fond of Diwali. 

Sandip Roy: Food Fight

Nov 4, 2015

Liberal beef eaters unite!

After it was posted on WhatsApp that Aklhaq Mohamad's family was eating beef a mob beat and stoned him to death.

But what was the mob being fed?

India has tied itself in knots thanks to a noodle problem. The country has been in an uproar since tests alleged that some packets of Maggi instant noodles have been found to contain lead and MSG. Its caused an instant uproar.

On the June 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Bay Area-based filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi about gender discrimination in India. India is ranked the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women.  Premiering during the SF Documentary Festival, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls  highlights how girls and women are devalued in Indian society, leading to a rise in gender violence.  How are women organizing to stop it? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.

Guest:

When I moved to Calcutta from San Francisco,  I’d often marvel, that for a city of 4 and half million, everyone seems to know everyone.  But writer Prajwal Parajuly is from a town so small that everyone really does know everyone.

Prajwel Parajuly will be reading from his book "Land Where I Flee" at bay Area Festival of Books on June 6, and Kepler's in Menlo Park on June 8th.

I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.

In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Millionaire.

But nothing prepared me for the oddest couple of all - Bollywood and geopolitics.

 

It's safe to do yoga in American schools, so says the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Its great that an Indian tradition has found an American home, but does that mean yoga needs to go Om-less?

 

  The Internet just became freer in India thanks to a young woman who decided to do something about it instead of just complaining.

Section 66A of the IT Act was declared unconstitutional.

After growing up in India, America was a culture shock. After 20 years in America living in India was its own culture shock. Everything is different... or is it?

Sandip Roy compares his two homes.  

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.

Guest:

Pages