India

6:45am

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

Dark and Beautiful

Dark Is Beautiful Campaign
facebook.com/darkisbeautiful

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 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/10

Elderly respect in India

L.K. Advani
lkadvani.in

6:45am

Wed June 26, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 6/26

A "Silent" Rally in Kolkata

Rally against rape in Kolkata
Sandip Roy

In the last couple of weeks the state has been rocked by reports of brutal gang rapes. Sandip Roy takes us to the rally against the violence in College Square.

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