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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.

Sandip Roy: Rosogolla

Nov 28, 2018
Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

It looks just like a little white table tennis ball, but spongy and sweet.

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

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

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

Photo courtesy of third I Film Festival/modified from original

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

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

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

photo courtesy of Greg Roberts

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

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

You can't lasso a diety so easily...

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

Now that the Indian Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexuality, the real battles begin.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

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

Sandip Roy: No serial!

Sep 5, 2018
photo by Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy addresses a major calamity in Kolkata.  

Photo courtesy of from original

Sandip remembers a bitter part of his childhood...

Photo by Sandip Roy

Happy Independence Day India!

Photo by Sandip Roy

India’s law criminalizing homosexuality is still on the books, but it’s still a very different India than the one I came out in.

Photo by Sandip Roy

In India we all grew up reading the great epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata,

Sandip Roy: The Varkaris

Jul 18, 2018
Photo by Sandip Roy

When the monsoon rains lash India most of us do our best to stay at home.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

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

Photo courtesy of Facebook/modified from original

Shujaat Bukhari spoke to all sides and stayed true to his journalistic calling. 

courtesy Soumya Sankar Bose from the show Full Moon on a Dark Night at Experimenter, Kolkata

  Mostly when the west looks at LGBT life in India we see images of raucous Pride parades despite the law that criminalizes gay sex, 

Photo by Sandip Roy

The CEO of Tech Mahindra said that the top 10 IT companies in India only take 6% of the engineering graduates.

Photo courtesy of Aseem Chhabra/modified from original

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

Photo by Sandip Roy

Hot lava™. This is a smoky, spicy, garlic salt. 

Photo courtesy of Nigel Akkara/modified from original

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

Sandip Roy: The Stray

May 9, 2018
Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

Sandip gets adopted by a neighborhood stray.

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

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted of killing a protected deer, 

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

  Sandip enjoys a very eclectic passover meal in Kolkata.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

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

Photo courtesy of The Register/modified from original

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

photo courtesy of Focus Features/modified from original

The long shadow of Sir Churchill.

Photo courtesy of Ajoy Bose/modified from original

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