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Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

Sandip Roy, former host of Your Call and New America Now, is back on KALW, bringing you a little bit of the story of the new India every week – a letter home from his other home.

"A lot has been written about the changing India," says Roy. "But reporting about a changing India is one thing. Living in it and dealing with a country where newspapers are still being launched instead of folding, Internet rumors spark mass exoduses, and cricketers advertise skin-whitening creams called 'Fair and Handsome' is another thing."

Sandip Roy’s Dispatch from Kolkata can be heard Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm during KALW’s presentation of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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

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

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

Photo by Sandip Roy

As the monsoons recede the time has come for Ganesh, 

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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?  

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Zomato delivered a food born controversy.

Photo by Basharat Shah - Flickr: Dal Lake, CC BY 2.0

Kashmir has been on Sandip’s mind lately,

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

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

Photo courtesy of Elliott O'Donovan Photography/modified from original

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

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Sandip Roy tours  Borneo and discovers more than just monkeys.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.

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The 85 year old Ruskin Bond is a bit of an accidental Indian,

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


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When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. 

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When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.

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India has a new government. 

Photo courtersy of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet/modified from original

The Indian elections are in full swing,

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

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

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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. 

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

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What does Sandip Roy miss most about San Francisco?

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Sandip discovers that sometimes a class reunion is a reminder to how we've moved on.

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Centenarians are on Sandip Roy's mind as Lawerence Ferlinghetti turns 100.

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When people get spooked, even ghosts can disappear.  

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

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Sandip Roy has his annual date with America.

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 Feb. 21st is International Mother Language Day.