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Rahul's Storm

From KALW | 04:30

Sandip Roy attended a recent rally for Indian National Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi, but storm clouds were gathering.

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Rahul's Storm
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Rahul Gandhi has politics in his blood. His father, grandmother, great grandfather were all prime ministers of India. But the 43 year old Congress leader is having a tough time as India heads to the polls this month. His party after 10 years in power is trailing in all the polls. The opposition leader Narendra Modi has been drawing big crowds. Poor Rahul keeps making gaffes. He just can't seem to catch a break. Sandip Roy attended a recent Gandhi rallly, and it seemed that even the Gods are against him.

Giving politicians the finger!

From KALW | 04:30

Voting in India is the largest organized event in the world! Sandip Roy goes to the polls.

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Whenever India goes to the polls the world takes notice. Some of the wonder is just about the sheer  mind boggling scale of it.  The election going on right now from April 7th  until May 12th for example will involve 930,000 polling stations across India.

Sandip Roy goes to the polls.

India's Wall of Noise

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

Sandip Roy sends us an audio postcard from the 2014 Indian election season.

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India is noisy. But at election time the noise reaches a different level. Democracy in action in India is spirited,  Raucous. And not always harmonious. We’ll know the results by the end of this week. But for now our ears are still ringing with the sounds of Election 2014. 

This is a soundscape from the greatest show on earth.

Happy Birthday Burman

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

R.D. Burman would have turned 75 last week and Bollywood threw a great birthday bash.
Sandip Roy and Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington remember him.

Rd-burman-_small Rahul Dev Burman was a prolific Bollywood composer, writing thousands of songs for over 300 films. Burman urbanized Indian music  making it more international – borrowing from Indian folk to classical raagas to Western pop and bossa nova but all made uniquely his own. 
And he's more popuar now than ever. 

Football!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

World Cup fever has infected the entire world... including Kolkata, India!

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Football!
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Argentina_small Kolkata, India is in the grip of a fever. It's infecting everyone, and it's callled Football!!

The Death of Archie

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

The Archie comic book character is as American as it gets. But in July of 2014 (Issue No. 36 of "Life With Archie") Archie dies. His death reverberates all the way around the globe to Kolkata, India.

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The Death of Archie
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KALW

Lifewitharchie_36_magazine_small The Archie comic book character is as American as it gets. But in July of 2014 (Issue No. 36 of "Life With Archie") Archie dies. His death reverberates all the way around the globe to Kolkata, India.
Sandip Roy remebers Archie, and why the comic book High Schooler connected with fans in India. 

Indian Tartan

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:29

Thousands of miles from Edinburgh in the heart of Kolkata there remains a piece of land that is indisputably Scottish. Sandip Roy takes us there.

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Indian Tartan
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KALW

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In light of the recent referendum, Scotland will not be independent just yet. Great  Britain will be held together by Scotch tape. But thousands of miles  from Edinburgh in the heart of Kolkata there remains a piece of land that is indisputably Scottish.

It’s a relic of the British Raj. But it is the SCOTTISH cemetery.

Next Year, Once Again

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

Some 60 widows in white saris from the town of Vrindavan made thier way to Kolkata for the festival of the Goddess Durga.
Something many of them have not seen in decades. Sandip Roy went with them.

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Some 60 widows in white saris from the town of Vrindavan made thier way to Kolkata for the festival of the Goddess Durga.

Something many of them have not seen in decades. Sandip Roy went with them.

Diwali Crackers

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

Sandip Roy tries to hear through the noise and get to the heart of Diwali.

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Diwali Crackers
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KALW

Diwali-golden-temple2_small Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, in India is a raucous noisy festival filled with explosions and crackers! But is that what Diwali is really about?
Sandip Roy tries to hear through the noise and get to the heart of Diwali. 

Call Your Mother

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 04:30

Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

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Call Your Mother
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Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect. A rumination on technology, as devices get "smarter," do we?

Ridley Scott's Exodus

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:00

Ridley Scott's Film Exodus seems to be plagued by something not so Biblical.

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There are ten official plagues in Exodus: Gods and Kings. But there’s an eleventh unofficial one plaguing the Ridley Scott film.  The Nile might have turned red in the Bible but the cast in the film has turned white. And that’s no visual effect.

Nighties are not for night

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:00

The fascination with the 'nightie' in India has taken this garment to a near national uniform.

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Nightie (plural nighties)

A woman’s nightgown or nightdress; a dress-like garment worn to bed.

Example of usage: I was too embarrassed to answer the door in my nightie.

Obviously, the entry was not written by an Indian....

Chitresh Das remembered

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The restless boy is finally still. Khatak master Pandit Chitresh Das passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 in Northern California.

Pandit-chitresh-das_crop_small The restless boy is finally still. Khatak master Pandit Chitresh Das passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 in Northern California.

Jaipur Lit. Fest. 2015

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Once if you wanted to be an Indian city of any standing, you were measured by flyovers, speciality hospitals or multiplexes. These days you are measured by literary festivals.

Kidssinging_small Once if you wanted to be an Indian city of any standing, you were measured by flyovers, speciality hospitals or multiplexes. These days you are measured by literary festivals. There are probably 70 in South Asia now says William Dalrymple, one of the founders of the Jaipur Literature Festival. He says when they started in 2004 there were none.

Jaipur is the queen mother of literature festivals, the brand to aspire to, the jewel in the crown of the festival season, kicking off with the sound of drums and music and children singing.

Call Your Mother!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

Playing
Call Your Mother!
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KALW

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Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

**EDITOR's NOTE**
Sandip Roy is on tour promoting his debut novel "Don't Let Him Know" published by Bloomsbury.
Please take note of the outo for this week!

Good News for Tigers?

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

"Did you see a tiger?"
The first question asked of anyone who comes back from Jim Corbett National Park was asked of Sandip Roy recently. Here is his answer.

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"Did you see a tiger?" 
The first question asked of anyone who comes back from Jim Corbett National Park was asked of Sandip Roy recently. Here is his answer.

Alabama

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:04

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.

Now we learn about the dangers of Walking while Brown.

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Alabama
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57 year old Sureshbhai Patel had recently arrived in the US from India to help take care of his new grandson. He went out for a walk in the suburban town in Alabama where his son lived. He ended up in hospital, partially paralysed. He was not mugged or robbed. Policemen did that to him. Patel spoke no English. 

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.

Now we learn about the dangers of Walking while Brown.  

 

The Tropes of Fiction

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

A funny blog on the site Publishing Perspectives came up with a checklist for the must have ingredients of a bad South Asian diasporan novel. Arranged Marriage. Multiple generations. A wise grandmother. Fabrics.
Sandip Roy discovers that it's not so easy to stay away from those tired old tropes.

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A funny blog on the site Publishing Perspectives came up with a checklist for the must have ingredients of a bad South Asian diasporan novel. Arranged Marriage. Multiple generations. A wise grandmother. Fabrics. 

Sandip Roy discovers that it's not so easy to stay away from those tired old tropes.

Sandip Roy's first novel, Don't Let Him Know" is available now. 

9-Man

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:00

If you think Asian-Amerian man, chances are you don’t think of sweaty guys pushing, shoving and shouting on a court. But that’s exactly what 9-Man is and has been since the 1930s.

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9-Man
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If you think Asian-Amerian man, chances are you don’t think of sweaty guys pushing, shoving and shouting on a court. But that’s exactly what 9-Man is and has been since the 1930s. 

A new documentary by film maker Ursula Liang explores the game that became volleyball.

A Tale of Two Cities

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

For Sandip Roy, after growing up in India America was a culture shock. After 20 years in America living in India was its own culture shock. Everything is different... or is it?

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After growing up in India, America was a culture shock. After 20 years in America living in India was its own culture shock. Everything is different... or is it?

Sandip Roy compares his two homes.

Om-less yoga

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It's safe to do yoga in American schools, so says the 4th District Court of Appeals.
Its great that an Indian tradition has found an American home, but does that mean yoga needs to go Om-less?

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Om-less yoga
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It's safe to do yoga in American schools, so says the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Its great that an Indian tradition has found an American home, but does that mean yoga needs to go Om-less?

Happy Boisakh (or just have some fried food)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Contrary to popular belief, Diwali or the Festival of Lights is not New Year everywhere in India. Some celebrate their New Year during Holi the festival of colors. Some with the beginning of Spring when the cows are washed and smeared with turmeric. In Kolkata we have found our own ritual.
Deep fried food.

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Contrary to popular belief, Diwali or the Festival of Lights is not New Year everywhere in India. Some celebrate their New Year during Holi the festival of colors. Some with the beginning of Spring when the cows are washed and smeared with turmeric. In Kolkata we have found our own ritual. 

Deep fried food.

Bilateral Relations

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Millionaire.
But nothing prepared me for the oddest couple of all - Bollywood and geopolitics.

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Bilateral Relations
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In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Millionaire.

But nothing prepared me for the oddest couple of all - Bollywood and geopolitics.

Remembering Sultan

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.

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Remembering Sultan
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I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.

The Ballad of Maggi

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

India has tied itself in knots thanks to a noodle problem. The country has been in an uproar since tests alleged that some packets of Maggi instant noodles have been found to contain lead and MSG. Its caused an instant uproar.

Playing
The Ballad of Maggi
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India has tied itself in knots thanks to a noodle problem. The country has been in an uproar since tests alleged that some packets of Maggi instant noodles have been found to contain lead and MSG. Its caused an instant uproar.

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

After the historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, Sandip Roy reflects on... his Facebook feed.

Usa_today_whitehouse_small After the historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, Sandip Roy reflects on... his Facebook feed.

Mango Crazy

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

What we call mango in English has a hundred different names in India. Indians don’t love their mangos. They form fanatical fan clubs of different kinds of mango.

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What we call mango in English has a hundred different names in India. Indians don’t love their mangos. They form fanatical fan clubs of different kinds of mango. 

One Speech to Bind Them All

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It’s not a kitten video or an on-air blooper or a wardrobe malfunction. Who would have thought a 15 minute debating society speech could go viral? And even more astonishing, who would have thought that in our fractious polarized political climate, there could be one speech that could bring everyone together. One speech to bind them all.

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It’s not a kitten video or an on-air blooper or a wardrobe malfunction. Who would have thought a 15 minute debating society speech could go viral? And even more astonishing, who would have thought that in our fractious polarized political climate, there could be one speech that could bring everyone together. One speech to bind them all.

That’s what Indian politician Shashi Tharoor has achieved in India perhaps even to his own surprise.

An Old Monk hangs on in India

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

A beloved Old Monk is dying in India. Not that kind of monk, it’s a rum. Not just A rum. The iconic Indian rum. A rite of passage for Indians for the last 6 decades.

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A beloved Old Monk is dying in India. Not that kind of monk, it’s a rum. Not just A rum. The iconic Indian rum. A rite of passage for Indians for the last 6 decades.

Sholay! (Hindi not needed)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

An iconic Indian "Bollywood" film reminds Sandip Roy that a solid relationship can transcend the oceanic gap of language.

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An iconic Indian "Bollywood" film reminds Sandip Roy that a solid relationship can transcend the oceanic gap of language.
Sholay turns 40 this year. 

The Bravery of Jimmy Carter

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The secrecy around an illness can become the great taboo.
What Jimmy Carter did by going public was break that taboo and face the disease squarely. He did not do it with false optimism but with great grace.
He normalized the illness into simply a human condition. It sounds obvious but it was truly a rare and remarkable thing to do.

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The secrecy around an illness can become the great taboo.
What Jimmy Carter did by going public was break that taboo and face the disease squarely. He did not do it with false optimism but with great grace.

He normalized the illness into simply a human condition. It sounds obvious but it was truly a rare and remarkable thing to do.

The Clock Struck Prejudice

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realize.

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Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realize. 

There are far more horrendous overt forms of bias and stereotyping. 

But whichever way you look at it, one thing is clear, whether in India or the US, the clock struck prejudice.

The Lonely Right to Dissent

From KALW | 06:00

As more writers return awards and honors, cynics ask if this is an outbreak of Award Returnitis

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As more writers return awards and honors, cynics ask if this is an outbreak of Award Returnitis 

 

Nayantara Sahgal, one of the more privileged citizens of India, is standing up for the lonely right to dissent, and not caring whether it makes a tangible difference.

An Old Monk is dying in India!?

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Old Monk is dying!?

Not that kind of monk, it’s a rum. Not just A rum. The iconic Indian rum. A rite of passage for Indians for the last 6 decades.

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The Old Monk is dying!? 

Not that kind of monk, it’s a rum. Not just A rum. The iconic Indian rum. A rite of passage for Indians for the last 6 decades.

(Sandip Roy is traveling this week. This piece is from Aug. 2015) 

Diwali Bang Bang!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It’s like saying "I don’t like Christmas." But Sandip Roy has never been particularly fond of Diwali.

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Diwali Bang Bang!
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It’s like saying I don’t like Christmas. It makes you sound like a killjoy Grinch. But I have never been particularly fond of Diwali. Like Christmas in  America, Diwali in India seemed to have become an orgy of excess with the additional din of fireworks.

Dhaka Facebook Fest.?

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy gets virtually stranded in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Lit. Fest.

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When I walked into my fancy hotel room in Dhaka I saw instead of a welcoming mint chocolate on my pillow, a little note in a friendly shade of peach. It warned me not to step out the hotel because a political party had called a national strike. Airport shuttles would be provided by the hotel but at your own risk. I had not quite bargained on this when I landed for the Dhaka Literary Festival.

And I had certainly not bargained on being Facebook less for the entire festival.

Sanjay's Super Team

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sanjay’s Super Team -- the first Pixar film directed by a person of Indian heritage. The first Pixar film with a central character who is a person of colour. And the first Pixar film based on a true story.

And it’s a story Sanjay once told Sandip Roy sitting in his apartment in the East Bay.

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More than The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s latest and greatest, what really excites me is the short that accompanies it. 

Sanjay’s Super Team -- the first Pixar film directed by a person of Indian heritage. The first Pixar film with a central character who is a person of colour.  And the first Pixar film based on a true story.

And it’s a story Sanjay once told me sitting in his apartment in the East Bay.

Too Late for Suzette

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:59

Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan.Though she was not there to witness it.

In 2013 she became the face of rape in Kolkata, India. Her attackers were found guilty last week.

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Too Late for Suzette
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Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan.Though she was not there to witness it.

In 2013 she became the face of rape in Kolkata, India. Her attackers were found guilty last week.

Merry Montoos

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It’s hardly Santaland but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.

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Merry Montoos
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It’s hardly Santaland  but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.  

Montoos’ own cakes are legendary – fruit cakes, plain cakes, box cakes, cheap cakes sold in tea shops and the white chhena cake made of ricotta cheese like curdled milk.  But come Christmas, Montoo does something the big fancy patisseries do not. He rents out his oven and his bakers for anyone who wants their own “home-baked” Christmas. Like Shireen Poddar . 

Darling Darjeeling

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

There’s tea... and there’s Darjeeling tea.

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There’s tea and there’s Darjeeling tea. First flush. Second flush. Monsoon flush. Autumn flush. This is crown jewel of teas. From the eastern Himalayas. In a hill station built as a sanitarium for the British. Tea was planted by luck here.

And it found its perfect home in India.

Netaji Lives!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose has trumped the actual history of Subhas Bose.

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Netaji Lives!
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The mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose has trumped the actual history of Subhas Bose. 

The fact is a missing Netaji is more useful to politicians than an opinionated living Netaji with his leftist socialist ideals.  By disappearing in that plane crash he became a figure whom all could claim and mold to their needs.

Just Shoot Me

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It’s the great Western discovery of India all over again.

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Coldplay's new video for "Hymn for the Weekend" Is the great Western discovery of India all over again. 

Incredible India. Timeless India. Age cannot wither her nor Coldplay stale her infinite variety. 

The larger problem the entire furor reveals is how susceptible India still remains to the power of the western gaze. 

Auntie

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

A heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.

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Sandip_s_aunt_small Sandip Roy says a heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.

Mob Justice

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Television is not just news. It has become the lynchpin of the lynchmob.

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Television is not just news. It has become the lynchpin of the lynchmob.

 

The scariest aspect of what is happening today, beyond legal questions of sedition or no sedition, is that the mob is being empowered by the state. The mob is not being dispersed by the government. Instead the mob is being garlanded. In the name of patriotism. And nationalism. 

Follow The Box

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois. Jerri says they stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.

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Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois.  Jerri says they stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.
In the box were pictures of villages in West Bengal from 1945. Taken by an unknown American soldier stationed there briefly during the War. But even as pieces of the mystery fell into place the original question remained unanswered. Who was the photographer? Jerri and Alan realized that not knowing the answer actually had added something to the process, instead of leaving just a hole in it.

Deoli Internees

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

In 1962 a group of Indians were shipped off to internment camps during a war with China.

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Recently some of the Deoli internees were back in India, they wrote to the Indian Prime Minister but never got a reply. Even if there’s no apology, they want a memorial, and  they want some answers. Some from the government. Some more personal.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Kardava was doing what is her job as a journalist. The media is doing what they think is their job. The only person who has no choice in this is the one at her most vulnerable.

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Kardava was doing what is her job as a journalist possibly at risk to her own life. The media is doing what they think is their job – finding an image that drives home that tragedy.  The only person who has no choice in this is the person whose image is splashed around the world, the one at her most vulnerable. 

Disaster Tourism

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

A recent disaster in Kolkata brings out the lookie-loos - and much more.

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I watched on television in horror at a man trapped between two taxi cabs, his leg pinned by a fallen girder. I saw desperate hands reaching out from the rubble. Bystanders, unable to move the concrete, could only offer bottles of water. Many, stuck for hours, died waiting for rescue.

Disasters cannot be foreseen, but disaster response can be planned. This was a monumental failure of Kolkata as a city.

Purple Angel

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

India and Pakistan have much in common but, lately an angel in purple has united the prickly neighbors in gobsmacked amazement.

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India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

But lately an angel in purple has done what no prime minister could. It has united the prickly neighbors in gobsmacked amazement. 

India Trumped

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Indians have no reason to feel left out anymore. 
The Donald has noticed them and the Donald has mocked them.

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Indians have no reason to feel left out anymore. 
The Donald has noticed them and the Donald has mocked them. 

They had to wait their turn behind Mexicans, Muslims, women, gays, the disabled, the Pope. But better late than never.  Now Indians finally know that they matter.

Goodbye Mr. Universe

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

While the world was marking the passing of Muhammad Ali, another giant in the world of sports in India died in Kolkata to far less notice.

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While the world was marking the passing of Muhammad Ali, another giant in the world of sports in India died in Kolkata to far less notice. Giant is an odd word for Manohar Aich. He was 4’11 at his peak. But he was India’s first Mr Universe in 1952 

The Sacrifice of Khizr Khan

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:59

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar presidential election.

Khizr-khan-dncspeech_small Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.
He rescued that old shop worn faded word – sacrifice. And he gave it a moment of decency. About Seven minutes to be precise. Seven minutes without a teleprompter.

Baluji Shrivastav has an Inner Vision

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:59

In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns.
But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time.

Baluji_240x240_small In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns. But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time. A chance meeting in a music store has led him a journey most of us will never see.

Happy Birthday Mother Teresa

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Last week Kolkata was busy celebrating a birthday with flowers, candles, cards and songs.

It was Mother Teresa’s 106th birthday/ By the time the next one rolls around she will be St Teresa of Kolkata.

Nuns_celebrate_small Last week Kolkata was busy celebrating a birthday with flowers, candles, cards and songs.

It was Mother Teresa’s 106th birthday/ By the time the next one rolls around she will be St Teresa of Kolkata.

Suprabhatam (Auspicious Dawn)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Most of us around the world wake up to alarm clocks or the clock radio turning on.
For decades thousands and thousands of Indians around the world have woken to the Suprabhatam, and it's voice was M. S. Subbulakshmi

Ms_subbulakshmi_small Most of us around the world wake up to alarm clocks or the clock radio turning on.
For decades thousands and thousands of Indians around the world have woken to the Suprabhatam, and it's voice was M. S. Subbulakshmi.

The Mahisasur Mardini of Durga Puja

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:59

I don’t know how many shoes this old radio program sells. But it can never feel the same as hearing those voices, most of them long dead, bring a city to life, radio by radio, like a lamplighter running from house to house, touching us with the spirit of a goddess coming home.

Happy Durga Puja!

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Mahisasur Mardini – the story of the Goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahisasur has been airing on All India Radio just once a year every year in the rich baritone of one man named Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Since 1931.
I don’t know how many shoes this old radio program sells. But it can never feel the same as hearing those voices, most of them long dead, bring a city to life, radio by radio, like a lamplighter running from house to house, touching us with the spirit of a goddess coming home. 

Happy Durga Puja!

Food Fest! (Diwali 2016)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Durga Puja and Diwali bookend our festival season in Kolkata. But there’s an ancillary festival that’s almost as important. It needs as much planning, it’s almost as anticipated and we observe it with great ritual and ceremony.

What_is_this_small Durga Puja and Diwali bookend our festival season in Kolkata.  But there’s an ancillary festival that’s almost as important. It needs as much planning, it’s almost as anticipated and we observe it with great ritual and ceremony.
We jokingly call it Pet-Puja or stomach-worship

The price tag of Democracy

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

We enjoy many rights and privileges as citizens of a free and democratic society, and we we're asked to do is vote. Easy, right?

Envelope_800x465_small We enjoy many rights and privileges as citizens of a free and democratic society, and we we're asked to do is vote. Easy, right?

Those Were The Days

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip visits another "returnee," Nguyen Qui Duc in Vietnam.

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Sandip visits another "returnee," Nguyen Qui Duc in Vietnam.

Reflections from Kolkata Pride

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

I hope when equal rights comes, there will still be room for that ambiguity. That we don’t always need to walk in a straight line.

Dsc06581_small It's different in India. Here there’s celebration, there’s pride, but also defiance. We want azaadi shout the marchers. We want freedom.
And I hope when equal rights comes, there will still be room for that ambiguity.  That we don’t always need to walk in a straight line.

Goodbye Carrie

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

There was much more to Carrie Fisher than Princess Leia. But some things, good, bad or simply pop define us as people, and become placeholders for adolescence and childhood.

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Fisher_ford_lucasfilm_small There was much more to Carrie Fisher than Princess Leia.  But some things, good, bad or simply pop define us as people, and become placeholders for adolescence and childhood.

Turkey for Dinner

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It was admittedly a moment of sheer American holiday nostalgia. Cooking a turkey in India. I thought it could be a fun adventure. I just didn’t realize that finding a turkey was the least of it.

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1 It was admittedly a moment of sheer American holiday nostalgia. Cooking a turkey in India. I thought it could be a fun adventure. I just didn’t realize that finding a turkey was the least of it.

Manipuri Polo

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Manipur’s court records talk about a game back in the 1st century AD and what’s different about polo in Manipur is that this not just a game for posh country clubs. Even ordinary villagers played it.

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Pologame1_somiroycredit_800x465_small Manipur’s court records talk about a game back in the 1st century AD and what’s different about polo in Manipur is that this not just a game for posh country clubs. Even ordinary villagers played it.

Remembering Bharati Mukherjee

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Bharati Mukherjee is gone but she left the light on for many of us.

Bharatimukherjee_small Bharati’s rejection of the hyphen (asian-american) was not a rejection of her roots. In one of her last books Mukherjee’s heroine Tara turns on the lights in her San Francisco home at dusk because her grandmother in India once told her the spirits come out at that time. Mukherjee to me she did the same.
Bharati Mukherjee is gone but she left the light on for many of us.

English Vinglish

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

There’s good, English, bad English and in a case by itself judicial English - perfect for pontification.

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Dictionaries_small When I landed in the US I had one advantage over many other immigrants from different parts of the world.  I spoke English.  Other Indians are less lucky.
You can call it a legacy of British colonial rule in India. You can say English still lords it over other languages in India. But it wins Man Booker prizes. It has clout.
There’s good, English, bad English and in a case by itself judicial English - perfect for pontification.

Not in My Name

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

On a rain-drenched monsoon evening recently a bit of old American history found new life on the streets of India.

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Notinmynameprotest_1_small On a rain-drenched monsoon evening recently a bit of old American history found new life on the streets of India. Once thousands of Americans had marched on their streets to protest the war in Vietnam. Not in my name, they had said. This time thousands of Indians showed up to protest their government’s actions in India. Not in MY name they said.

India at 70

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy reflects on India’s journey as it turns 70.

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Partition Museum

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

This August 15th marked 70 years of India’s independence. But this also marks 70 years of one of India’s greatest human tragedies.
The partition of India into two countries – India and Pakistan.
It was the greatest human displacement of the 20th century. Over 10 million rendered homeless. Some say 2 million died. As Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims turned on each other.

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This August 15th marked 70 years of India’s independence.  But this also marks 70 years of one of India’s greatest human tragedies.
The partition of India into two countries – India and Pakistan.  
It was the greatest human displacement of the 20th century. Over 10 million rendered homeless.  Some say 2 million died.  As Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims turned on each other.

No MSG please

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

At first he was funny. A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a God man.

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At first he was funny.  A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a god man. 
In one of his films Ram Rahim says some call him god, some call him guru but he’s just human.
Unfortunately for him the courts just proved how human he is. 

Saint sharing in Kolkata

From KALW | 06:00

The arch diocese of Kolkata was set up in 1886. The Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier who came to India in 1542 was made its patron saint. But then along came Mother Teresa – someone with much deeper ties to Kolkata than Francis Xavier.

Mt_statue_small The arch diocese of Kolkata was set up in 1886. The Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier who came to India in 1542 was made its patron saint. But then along came Mother Teresa – someone with much deeper ties to Kolkata than Francis Xavier.

Durga Puja, Thai Style

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It takes only a few hours to fly from Kolkata to Bangkok, and a weekend in Bangkok is quite common. But there’s very little of Thailand in Kolkata.

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It takes only a few hours to fly from Kolkata to Bangkok, and a weekend in Bangkok is quite common. But there’s very little of Thailand in Kolkata. 
But then I walk into Deshapriya park in South Kolkata and find myself face to face with a brand new gleaming white Thai temple.

That's Not Funny

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone. Especially when it comes to politicians.

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Comicsonpanelaboutcomedyandpolitics_small 70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone. Especially when it comes to politicians. 

Kali Puja

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy has a different perspective on India's version of Halloween.

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I’ve always felt diffident about our Kali. She seems difficult to explain to the uninitiated. 
She is no genteel Goddess unlike most other Indian goddesses, benign smiling beatific. But these days when I read about stories of rape and sexual assault, whether in Indian cities or Hollywood boardrooms, in a country which worship skin bleaching creams, when my social media timeline is flooded with MeToo stories of harassment from women I know, Kali seems exactly the kind of Goddess we all need.

Ashe Bhosle's onions

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Once Asha effortlessly brought India to my kitchen in California. Now she transported me from a balmy night in a park in Kolkata to a foggy evening in a little house in San Francisco and the wear and tear in her voice reminded me that time had indeed not stood still.

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Aa aAn 84 year old woman came to my neighborhood the other night and we lined up one and half hours early to get a good seat to watch her. Asha Bhosle is a Bollywood legend. She’s been singing for some 75 years, over 12000 songs. A Guinness Book world record.  And this was a rare concert, a Diwali special, in our neighborhood park under an open sky on a balmy night.

Once Asha effortlessly brought India to my kitchen in California. Now she transported me from a balmy night in a park in Kolkata to a foggy evening in a little house in San Francisco and the wear and tear in her voice reminded me that time had indeed not stood still.
 
And if I teared up I could just blame it on memory of those onions.   

A Transgender Day of Rage

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

In 2014 the Indian Supreme did something amazing. In a country that still criminalizes gay sex, it said transgender community deserved the right to self determination, but many claim that the Bill makes a mockery of its own name.

P3_trans_small In 2014 the Indian Supreme did something amazing. In a country that still criminalizes gay sex, it said transgender community deserved the right to self determination, but this year at a gay pride rally in Calcutta, activists claim that the Bill makes a mockery of its own name.

The Greatest Book Show on Earth!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip and writers Amy Tan and Rabih Alameddine explore what makes Jaipur one of the greatest literature festivals in the world.

Jlf_amytan_web_small Sandip Roy and writers Amy Tan and Rabih Alameddine explore what makes Jaipur one of the greatest literature festivals in the world.

A Treehouse Adventure

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip struggles with a “getting back to nature” trip.

Treehouse1_small Sandip struggles with a “getting back to nature” trip.

Remembering Sridevi

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy remembers the iconic Indian actress Sridevi.

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English_vinglish_800x465_small Sandip Roy remembers the iconic Indian actress Sridevi, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 on February 24, 2018.

Across the Universe... again

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

For a little while, in the hills of Rishikesh, India it will be 1968 again.

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For a little while, in the hills of Rishikesh, India it will be 1968 again.
It’s a mistake to judge the influence of India on the Beatles just by counting the sitar twangs. India is in the DNA of MANY more Beatles songs. 
They were all written in Rishikesh in the mountains of India over a few weeks in 1968 says Ajoy Bose, author of the Across the Universe: The Beatles in India

The Darkest Shadow

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The long shadow of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Darkesthour_small When Gary Oldman won the Oscar this year for his portrayal of Winston Churchill it was no surprise. But in India many of us felt a lot less inclined to salute the old war hero.

Freedom of the Spirit (goodbye Stephen Hawking)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Indian Science Minister tried to capitalize on Stephen Hawking’s death, but to what end?

Fly_stephen_small The Indian Science Minister tried to capitalize on Stephen Hawking’s death, but to what end? It wasn’t even necessary according to Sandip Roy.

Starbuck Struck

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

In Kolkata Starbucks is not just coffee, it’s clearly cachet.

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Selfies_at_starbucks_800x465_small In Kolkata Starbucks is not just coffee, it’s clearly cachet. 

Passover in Kolkata

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip enjoys a very diverse passover meal in Kolkata

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Sederplate_small Sandip enjoys a very diverse passover meal in Kolkata.
Chag Sameach! 

WhatsApp for?

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Need a quick booster shot of national pride? How about a “quote" of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange praising the Indian prime minister? Need to help foment a riot in? Grab a still from a film showing a goon stripping a woman. Need to let loose a lynch mob? Start a rumor about a gang abducting children.

In India, the fake news genie is well and truly out of the bottle.

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Need a quick booster shot of national pride? How about a “quote" of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange praising the Indian prime minister? Need to help foment a riot in? Grab a still from a film showing a goon stripping a woman. Need to let loose a lynch mob? Start a rumor about a gang abducting children. 
In India, the fake news genie is well and truly out of the bottle.  

The Stray

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy gets adopted by a neighborhood stray.

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Chutney1_small Sandip Roy gets adopted by a neighborhood stray.

Akkara's Mother's Day

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

This Mother’s Day Sandip remembers Nigel Akkara, who told him about his two mothers.

Nigelakkara_800x465_small This Mother’s Day Sandip remembers Nigel Akkara, who told him about his two mothers.

Hot lava salt

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Hot lava™. This is a smoky, spicy, garlic salt. But now when I look at my Hot Lava garlic salt I feel a pang.

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Hot lava™. This is a smoky, spicy, garlic salt. That’s what the label says. An impulse buy from a gift shop in Hawaii, I use it sparingly, partly because I rarely have salmon, steak or scallops in Kolkata but also because I want to stretch out and savour the memories of an idyllic Hawaiian holiday....
But now when I look at my Hot Lava garlic salt I feel a pang. 

The Alien vs E.T.

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Did E.T. really come from Calcutta, India?

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Travails_with_the_alien_800x465_small The year was 1983. Aseem Chhabra, a graduate student, who had come from India just about a year back, needed to find a project for his journalism class at Columbia University.

Then he stumbled across an interview with Satyajit Ray, India’s most internationally renowned filmmaker. Ray was talking about the most famous film he NEVER made. It was a sci-fi film he’d planned in the 60s in Hollywood about a small boy in a Bengali village who makes friends with an alien who crash lands in the village pond and makes water lilies bloom. Arthur C Clarke even gave it his blessing...

World Cup Kolkata

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy takes in the World Cup festivities and reflects on Russia’s influence on Calcutta.

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Football3_400x300_small Sandip Roy takes in the World Cup festivities and reflects on Russia’s influence on Calcutta.

The Varkaris

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Varkaris, farmers turned piligrims, are said to be the world’s oldest and largest people’s movement as they walk for weeks from their homes to a temple in Pandharpur.

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When the monsoon rains lash India most of us do our best to stay at home, far away from the pouring rain and flooded streets.
 
But in western India, in the state of Maharastra thousands of men and women set out on the road, the men dressed in spotless white, the women in colourful saris.
 
These are the Varkaris, farmers turned piligrims, and this is said to be the world’s oldest and largest people’s movement as they walk for weeks from their homes to a temple in Pandharpur.

Imagine Reality

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The chief minister of the Indian state of Tripura reads as fact the great epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Which is like thinking that Jack and the Beanstalk is a documentary.

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In India we all grew up reading the great epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, fantastic stories of epic battles, where Gods take sides, and chariots fly and the giant birds battles demon kings midair.
 
But the chief minister of the Indian state of Tripura reads them as fact. He sees science in them. 

Happy Independence Day India!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Happy Independence Day India!
Sandip Roy reflects on the changes that India has seen in the last 71 years.

Indepday_small Happy Independence Day India!
Sandip Roy reflects on the changes that India has seen in the last 71 years.

Memories of a neem

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip remembers a bitter part of his childhood.

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Azadirachta_indica_small Sandip remembers a bitter part of his childhood, and while the memory doesn’t hurt, it is still bitter.

No serial!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy addresses a major calamity in Kolkata.

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Kusum_dola_800x465_small Sandip Roy addresses a major calamity in Kolkata.

Trikone in a bottle (#GaySexNoCrime)

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

After 157 years, the Indian Supreme court ruled rules that gay sex is not a crime.

Trikone_cover_small In 1986 Trikone was like a message in a bottle floated out to sea hoping someone would find it.

It docked last week at the Supreme Court of India.
After 157 years, the Indian Supreme court ruled rules that gay sex is not a crime.

Cricket and the Goddess

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Now that the Indian Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexuality, the real battles begin. The battle over what is and isn’t “Indian."

Devdutt_small Now that the Indian Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexuality, the real battles begin. The battle over what is and isn’t “Indian."

Ganesh doesn't care

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Fort Bend county Republican party in Texas tried to appropriate Ganesh and discovered that you can’t lasso an elephant so easily.

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Ganesha_240_small The Fort Bend county Republican party in Texas tried to appropriate Ganesh and discovered that you can’t lasso an elephant so easily.

The Village Potter

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

From the ashes of the Tubbs wildfire, a Sonoma, CA community rebuilds it’s community through one man’s pottery.

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Gregroberts_pottery_800x465_small From the ashes of the Tubbs wildfire, a Sonoma, CA community rebuilds it’s community through one man’s pottery.

The Laughing Kanchenjungha

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy finally… finally sees the mysterious Kanchenjungha with his own eyes! Finally!

Nomountaintobeseen_small Sandip Roy finally… finally sees the mysterious Kanchenjungha with his own eyes! Finally!

Third I Film Festival

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy misses a piece of India that can only be had in in San Francisco.

Third_i_poster_800x465_small Sandip Roy misses a piece of India that can only be had in in San Francisco.

When Size Matters

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sometimes when picking our monuments we focus on the wrong aspect.

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Remembering the Great War in India

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy remembers the veterans of World War 1, the Indian veterens.

Poppy_small Sandip Roy remembers the veterans of World War 1, the Indian veterens.

Rosogolla

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

It looks just like a little white table tennis ball, but spongy and sweet. The Rosogolla is Bengal’s most famous sweet but Sandip is overwhelmed by the modern additions.

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Rosogolla_small It looks just like a little white table tennis ball, but spongy and sweet. The Rosogolla is Bengal’s most famous sweet but Sandip is overwhelmed by the modern additions.

Jungle Crows

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

In Cricket crazy india, an obscure game played with a very strange shaped ball takes hold.

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Junglecrows_small In Cricket crazy india, an obscure game played with a very strange shaped ball takes hold.

"The Cut" mends a wound

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Once outrage in distant India would barely ruffle feathers in New York. But no more. As the newsletter Broadsheet pointed out today if media is global, so are the brands who finance it.

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After The Cut wrote a scathing article about the wedding between Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Chopra’s celebrity was the power behind the capitulation.
Once outrage in distant India would barely ruffle feathers in New York. But no more. As the newsletter Broadsheet pointed out today if media is global, so are the brands who finance it.

The Name Game

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip reflects on the name game.

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Sandip_on_the_rocks_small Chosing a name for your children can be a challenge. But when you move to a new country it poses other challenges.

Being Green

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, but also home to some of the first champions of recycling.

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Plastic-bags_small_small India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, but also home to some of the first champions of recycling. 

Mackenzie's Odyssey

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip investigates the journey of a small town Scottish postmaster to his resting place in Kolkata.

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Stornoway_small_small Sandip investigates the journey of a small town Scottish postmaster to his resting place in Kolkata.

Happy 90th Birthday Tintin!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy remembers his boyhood fascination with Hergé's famous comic, Tintin

Tintin_small Sandip Roy remembers his boyhood fascination with Hergé's famous comic, Tintin

Art at the Pavlov

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy experiences a testiment to resiliance.... at the Pavlov Mental Hospital.

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Pavlov2_small_small Sandip Roy experiences a testiment to resiliance.... at the Pavlov Mental Hospital.

43rd Kolkata Book Fair

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

Littlemagazine_small_small The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

43rd Kolkata Book Fair

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

Littlemagazine_small_small The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

Feb 21st is International Mother Language Day

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Feb 21st is International Mother Language Day.
Learn more at http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/

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A Date With America

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy has his annual date with America... at the Oscar's.

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The Smog of War

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Sandip Roy embarks of an anti-war march in a time of hastags.

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The Ghosts of Satire

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

When people get spooked, even ghosts can disappear.

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The Great Smog

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

What does Sandip Roy miss most about San Francisco? Clean Air.

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Dispatch 287: the Women's March for Change

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

As this year's election season heats up in India, women are making themselves heard.

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Dispatch 288 - World Art New Year

From KALW | 06:00

On April 15th While Americans rush to file their taxes, Bengalis in Kolkata celebrate their new year.
But April 15 is also World Art Day. And this year a cramped Kolkata neighborhood turned into an art installation for April 15 and Bengali new year

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On April 15th While Americans rush to file their taxes, Bengalis in Kolkata celebrate their new year. 
But April 15 is also World Art Day. And this year a cramped Kolkata neighborhood turned into an art installation for April 15 and Bengali new year 

Dispatch 289 - Manna Dey at 100

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Manna Dey’s birthday is May 1. He would have been 100 years old.

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Manna Dey’s birthday is May 1. He would have been 100 years old.

On his 100th birthday as I hear all the glowing tributes I am glad that in an ordinary little apartment in the San Francisco Bay Area I met the most extraordinary singer.

Goodbye Chewbacca

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Sandip Roy says goodbye to Peter Mayhew. Also known as Chewbacca.

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Sandip Roy says goodbye to Peter Mayhew. Also known as Chewbacca.

The Greatest Experiment

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

India has a new government. But when all the sound and fury end, the real work of democracy begins in this, the greatest democratic experiment in the world.

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India has a new government. But when all the sound and fury end, the real work of democracy begins in this, the greatest democratic experiment in the world.

Game of Democracy

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. In elections, though, you might just live to fight another day.

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Pmnarendramodi_small When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. In elections, though, you might just live to fight another day.

Queen Harish

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. She whirled, she twirled. Her sequined skirts billowed around her. Her arms were filled with bangles up to her elbows. Her eyes flashed. She was petite but filled the stage like a fireworks display.

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When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. She whirled, she twirled. Her sequined skirts billowed around her. Her arms were filled with bangles up to her elbows. Her eyes flashed. She was petite but filled the stage like a fireworks display.

And then offstage, with the makeup off, she became he. Queen Harish was just Harish, a clean cut young man from Jaisalmer in the desert state of Rajasthan. 

The Desert Drag Queen.

Queen Harish

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. She whirled, she twirled. Her sequined skirts billowed around her. Her arms were filled with bangles up to her elbows. Her eyes flashed. She was petite but filled the stage like a fireworks display.

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When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. She whirled, she twirled. Her sequined skirts billowed around her. Her arms were filled with bangles up to her elbows. Her eyes flashed. She was petite but filled the stage like a fireworks display.

And then offstage, with the makeup off, she became he. Queen Harish was just Harish, a clean cut young man from Jaisalmer in the desert state of Rajasthan. 

The Desert Drag Queen.

Indian summer

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy compares our current heat wave to a typical “Indian Summer.”

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Sandip Roy compares our current heat wave to a typical “Indian Summer.”

The accidental Indian, Ruskin Bond

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

The 85 year old Ruskin Bond is a bit of an accidental Indian, but he is also one of the most loved Indian writers. Sandip Roy met him at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.

Ruskinbond01_small The 85 year old Ruskin Bond is a bit of an accidental Indian, but he is also one of the most loved Indian writers. Sandip Roy met him at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.

A Proboscis in Borneo

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy tours Borneo and discovers more than just monkeys.

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Sandip Roy tours  Borneo and discovers more than just monkeys.

The "Love Bomb" of Afghanistan

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy speaks with author and Afghan born American, vegan beefcake and most lovable teddy bear, Nemat Sadat.

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Sandip Roy speaks with author and Afghan born American, vegan beefcake and most lovable teddy bear, Nemat Sadat.

International Tiger Day

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

This week marks International Tiger Day. And they certainly need one.

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This week marks International Tiger Day. And they certainly need one. According to the World Wildlife Fund there are just 3,900 tigers left in the wild. 95% of the world’s tiger population has been lost since the 20th century.

Dry Monsoon

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

As crazy weather makes headlines globally, Sandip Roy reflects on the monsoons of his past.

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As crazy weather makes headlines globally, Sandip Roy reflects on the monsoons of his past.

Thinking of Kashmir

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Kashmir has been on Sandip’s mind lately, his boyhood memories and the current media blackout.

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Kashmir has been on Sandip’s mind lately, his boyhood memories and the current media blackout.

Zomato delivers a food born controversy

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Zomato delivers a food born controversy

Zomato_small_small It’s a sign of peculiar times when the standard bearer for the idea of an inclusive society is a food delivery app.

Dispatches From Kolkata #304 - Ilish, ilish, ilish

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 05:57

Sandip, who does not like fish, relishes his annual dish of Ilish, the prized fish of Bengal. But at what cost?

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Sandip, who does not like fish, relishes his annual dish of Ilish, the prized fish of Bengal. But at what cost?

Ganesha Puja

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

As the monsoons recede the time has come for Ganesh.

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As the monsoons recede the time has come for Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. And though this Elephant headed God may be well known in the west, there’s more to this symbol than meets the eye.

Dispatch #306 - Gun Island

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Amitav Ghosh’s newest novel Gun Island is a story about both two of his great themes - migration and climate.

Amitavghosh_web_small In a way Gun Island a book of uncanny events, goddess and king cobras and an armada of seabirds is a wake up call in a time of terrible climate anxiety.
Because we all remember where we were when 9/11 happened. Will we be able to remember where we were when the Arctic ice shelf collapsed?

Gandhi at 150

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip considers the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, 150 years after his birth.

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Sandip considers the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, 150 years after his birth.

Dispatch 308 - Train Song

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

An ode to the local trains in Kolkata, moving and harboring life daily.

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An ode to the local trains in Kolkata, moving and harboring life daily.

Cat Sticks

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip speaks with filmmaker Ronny Sen about his film “Cat Sticks,” a personal and disturbing look at the ‘brown sugar’ heroin explosion at the beginning of the 21st century in Kolkata, India.

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"...if someone has to smoke brown sugar on aluminum foil, then you need a uniform flame for a uniform smoke."

Sandip speaks with filmmaker Ronny Sen about his film “Cat Sticks,” a personal and disturbing look at the ‘brown sugar’ heroin explosion at the beginning of the 21st century in Kolkata, India.

Dispatch 311: Remembering Nabaneeta

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy remembers on of India’s most beloved writers.
Nabaneeta dev Sen

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Sandip Roy remembers on of India’s most beloved writers. Nabaneeta dev Sen.

The Walls That Divide Us

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Many things divide a country, but it’s the overlooked, personal slights, that hurt the most.

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Aatish Taseer is a British citizen by birth. But he’s also an Overseas Citizenship of India. That  has been cancelled by the government of India which says he never told them his biological father was a Pakistani.

Happy Kali Puija!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

While the rest of India celebrates Diwali with its sweets and fireworks, Kolkata gets ready for the arrival of the Goddess Kali, the one of the deep blue night.

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She comes once a year. Sometimes she is jet black, sometimes she is blue, a dark midnight blue or the powdery blue of a summer evening sky. While the rest of India celebrates Diwali with its sweets and fireworks, Kolkata gets ready for the arrival of the Goddess Kali, the one of the deep blue night.

Dispatch 314: Company Rule

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

How did just a few thousand British control the country of India?

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How did just a few thousand British control the country of India? 

When you’re the East India Company, you do it with money and your own private army.

Ban NPR!

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

There are protests in many cities all over India with signs saying No NPR.

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American Public radio fans would be confused if they landed in India these days. There are protests in many cities all over India with signs saying No NPR.  

But in India these days NPR does not mean National Public Radio. It means National Population Registry.

The Joy of Missing Out

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy reflects on the fast paced decade that defined “Social Media.”

Socials_small Sandip Roy reflects on the fast paced decade that defined “Social Media.”

Dispatch 318: A Tale of the City

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

After watching “Tales of the City” on Netflix, Sandip reflects on his own tale of the city.

Tales_poster_small After watching “Tales of the City” on Netflix, Sandip reflects on his own tale of the city.

Winter Sounds

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip explores the very unique sounds that make up a Kolkata winter.

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Xmaslights_web_small Sandip explores the very unique sounds that make up a Kolkata winter.

Dispatch 321: 44th Kolkata Book Fair

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip takes us to one of his favorite places, the Kolkata Book Fair, now in it’s 44th year!

Copsatbookfair_web_small No one expected the Kolkata Book Fair to last as long as it has. 44 years of reflecting a vibrant and book loving community.

The Billionaire Raj

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

Sandip Roy spoke with James Crabtree about his new book "The Billionaire Raj."

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Sandip recently interviewed author James Crabtree about his new book “The Billionaire Raj,” about India’s richest families.