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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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There is a pandemic demon that needs slaying...

Photo courtesy of Global Weather Climate Center/modified from original

As San Francisco’s heat wave hits 100º Sandip Roy recalls how to battle heat waves in his native Kolkata.  

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It was just two years ago that India Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality, but the real hope for change might not lie in politics.

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The dogs that wander the streets in Kolkata are not strays, but part of an extended family, cared for and fed by many of the cities lesser known individuals.

 

Pariah Dog the movie is now available on Apple TV, iTunes and Amazon Prime

http://www.pariahdogmovie.com/  

Photo from Mindy Kaling's YouTube channel

The furor over a Kamala seems much ado over very few syllables, but how one handles the mispronunciation can be telling.  

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Sandip Roy wonders if the new normal is really normal.

"Coronavirus Rhapsody" by Raúl Iravién on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJm5qFl6qtff8anyYsc6UQ
photo courtesy of Fahad Zariwala FSA Entertainment/modified from original

  

At Bakra Mania, a goat dealership in Mumbai Fahad Zariwala runs the youtube channel FSA Entertainment which showcases many goat gems 

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With the news of Olivia de Havilland’s death this week coinciding with the Indian celebration of Rakhi Purnima, Sandip reflects on how the holiday might have helped the de Havilland sisters.  

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The social media app TikTok has taken India by storm, but a political storm may mean that time has run out for its users.

 

"To hear the full interview with Snigdha Poonam on The Sandip Roy Show on Audio Express click here." https://indianexpress.com/audio/the-sandip-roy-show/what-the-tiktok-ban-means-for-young-india-with-snigdha-poonam/6501755/

Photo courtesy Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet/modified from original

How can we possibly dream of a better future in the middle of a pandemic? 

When does phobia cross over into hate speech? 

Sandip Roy

Why is it when there is tension between two countries, the fear always seems to end up at the dining table.

The recent trouble on the 'Line of control' between China and India has spilled over into the streets of Kolkata's Chinatown.

Sandip Roy

In the midst of Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Johnson & Johnson has announced it will stop selling skin whitening creams.

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  In the news recently, statues have been defaced and pulled down from their perches ala Saddam Hussein.

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The Sundarbans in Bengal, India have become a speeded up version of global climate change.

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We don’t have to win the war against Covid as much as we need to learn to make peace with its existence in our world for now. 

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When life gives you cyclones, make mango rice.

Sandip Roy

The COVID-19 lockdown has forced many street vendors inside, but now the sounds of the street are returning.  

Sandip Roy

The COVID pandemic has had a terrible effect on all of us, and opened our eyes to some of those who were invisible before.  

Sandip Roy

Actor Irrfan Khan wasn’t the biggest star in Bollywood, but he was unique.

Sandip Roy

I had assumed the lockdown was a time when the frenetic world would finally slow down... 

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In the year 1427, there will be no celebration. 

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  Nature marks the season whether or not our human world is out of whack, but soon it will all be back to its old noisy polluted self. But for these few weeks as humans suffer, the earth is healing itself. I just wish we didn’t need a pandemic to hear our earth breathe.

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This week Sandip remembers his early childhood attraction to that group of 'mustachioed morons.'

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As the world self-isolates and more and more countries enact lockdown policies, Sandip reflects on the connections between us, and the responsibility of us all to remain apart.  

Could the global outbreak of COVID-19 keep us apart, in more ways than just physical.

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The Indian festival ‘Holi’ is usually a riot of abandonment and color…but then Corona came to town.  

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I am a samosa and this is my sad sad story.

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Sandip Roy looks at all the ways Trump’s recent visit to India has been a benefit to all concerned.  

To see the video of Trump as Baahubali visit 

Sandip Roy #322: The Billionaire Raj

Feb 19, 2020
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  The wealth gap in india is made clear by just a few families' extravgent wealth. 

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