Sandip Roy

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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6:45am

Wed September 25, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/25

I Love You Box

a Dabbawala delivers food.
Wikipedia

Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed September 11, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/11

Remembering Sushmita

Sushmita memorial
Sandip Roy

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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