Sandip Roy

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 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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