Wed October 24, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Happy Puja!

Durga Puja is the highest of high holidays for Bengalis when the mother Goddess comes home for five days every year. Bengalis abroad get very nostalgic at the mention of Durga Puja. The Bay Area hosts about half a dozen alone. But back in the Puja's home territory there's much grousing that the grand puja has become too tacky, too commercialized and too nouveaux riche. 


Wed October 17, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan

The 70th birthday celebration of Bollywood's biggest star says as much about the people of India as it does about Amitabh Bachchan.


Wed October 10, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

A fatwa on your speech!

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton has brought the fatwa back into the news. India has the dubious distinction of being the first country to ban the book's import. Sandip Roy looks at how that decision still reverberates in the country.


Wed October 3, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Saundhi Mitti

monsoon floods in Kolkata

Monsoon has always been the most important season in India - whether it's from the point of view of the economy or the Bollywood rain dance. But coming back to India after years in America, Sandip Roy finds the memories of monsoons past don't always live up to the realities of monsoons present.

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Wed September 26, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Missed Connections in a Mobile World

The leader of the world’s biggest democracy and one of the most powerful women in the country said they just couldn’t manage to talk to each other. "I waited and waited but didn’t even get a text message" said the chief minister. "But I left two messages and she didn’t answer" said the Prime Minister’s office......