Sandip Roy

6:45am

Wed July 24, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/24

Monsoon season

Schoolboys in the rain
Sandip Roy

There’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.

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6:45am

Wed July 17, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 7/17

A Telegram just came for you...

Central Telegraph Office in Kolkata
Sandip Roy

The telegram was 163 which I guess is a fine age to finally give up the ghost. The last telegram went out somewhere in India on Sunday July 15. Order No. 111-23/93/T-II (Pt. IV) from the government finally put the poor thing to its rest.  A rather dry bureaucratic way to end a very colourful life....

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6:45am

Wed July 3, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/3

Mandela's long goodbye

A Young Nelson Mandela
f2.washington.edu

In his long goodbye, Nelson Mandela is also teaching us something. That no matter how much we want to hold on to something or someone, sometimes we have to let them go. To let go of Nelson Mandela is perhaps the greatest gift of gratitude the world can offer Mandela at this point.

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6:45am

Wed June 12, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 6/12

Revolutionary Optimists

Children spreading the word about polio vaccination day
The Revolutionary Optimists http://revolutionaryoptimists.org

Whenever I hear the words film, slum, Kolkata my heart sinks a little. Whether it’s an Oscar winning documentary or a feature film, it always feels a little queasy – the poor as the object of pity.

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6:45am

Wed June 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

A Eulogy for He and She

Rituparno Ghosh
e24bollywood.com

Award winning Indian Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died suddenly at the age of 49 last week. At a time when rising acceptance of alternative sexuality in India has meant increasingly hard-coded labels — lesbian, gay, MSM, bisexual, transgender — Rituparno blurred all the boundaries with his androgyny. “It is for me to decide whether I will stand in the queue for men or for women or neither of the two,” he once said.

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