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Dispatches from Kolkata
Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

Every week NPR contributor (and former San Franciscian) Sandip Roy brings you a little taste of the 'new India' – a letter home from his other home.

Latest Episodes
  • River towns in India are often temple towns and come with their own rituals. But Sandip Roy visits Jabalpur which comes with boatmen who talk in rhyme.
  • Harry Belafonte's death provoked an outpouring of mourning in India.
  • The coronation of King Charles came with its own special dish - a coronation quiche.
  • April was Dalit History Month in India. But even though caste-ism is officially outlawed in India, some of the old biases remain.
  • Kolkata’s streets continue to clog with cars. The fate of an already established, cleaner transit option, teeters in the balance.
  • Kolkata was the first city in India to have streetcars and the only city to still have them.
  • Responsible for typefaces of all slants and bolds, Rajeev Prakash is India’s Fontwala!
  • Where did my English muffin go from my Eggs Benedict?
  • The short documentary Oscar win for The Elephant Whisperers is being widely celebrated in India because it's a first for India. But what will it mean for India's elephants, both the ones in the wild and the ones in captivity?
  • Sandip Roy is getting nostalgic after Naatu Naatu wins an Oscar for best song in a film.