Sandip Roy

6:45am

Wed December 4, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/4

I smell onions!

Onion Ad
Sandip Roy

It's election week in New Delhi and politicians are in a soup. An Indian onion soup to be precise. Onion prices have been so high the opposition party has gleefully plastered pictures of Onions on billboards and bus stands to remind the voters where it’s hurting.

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6:45am

Wed November 20, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/20

The Magnetic Manna Dey

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Immigrants often feel much lonelier mourning the far away death of someone who was dearly beloved – a writer, an actor, a sportsman. But a singer is different. In the days before the Internet,  singers were the only parts of our growing up that we could carry with us into small towns across America. They were portable. They came on cassettes, the plastic covers cracked by the weight of our journeys. 

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6:45am

Wed October 30, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/30

Beware the Bhoots!

Bhooter Bhabishyat poster

Sandip Roy is haunted in India.

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6:45am

Wed October 23, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/23

The Sound of old India... available now!

Guhar Jaan sang on the first recording in India

Sandip Roy discovers the long lost sounds of Indian Music!

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11:20am

Wed October 16, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/16

Unbearable Durga Puja

The Godess returns
Sandip Roy

A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children. That sounds like hardly the excuse for five days of city wide festivities. But that’s exactly what happens during Durga Puja in Kolkata.  Because This is no ordinary mother. It’s the ten-armed mother goddess Durga coming back to visit her home with her four children. And Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

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