Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Series produced by KALW

Caption: Sandip at the Grand Hotel in Nainital.
Sandip at the Grand Hotel in Nainital. 

Award winning writer, radio host, NPR contributor and novelist Sandip Roy brings his wit and insight to these personal audio diaries from his new life in his old home, India.

After ten years of hosting New America Now, Sandip Roy brings 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, that is another thing altogether."


272 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Sandip's mango tree, Credit: Sandip Roy
When life gives you cyclones, make mango rice.

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: A local vegetable vendor, Credit: Sandip Roy
The COVID-19 lockdown has forced many street vendors inside, but now the sounds of the street are returning.

  • Added: May 19, 2020
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: A screen capture from Sandip Roy's Twitter feed, Credit: 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.

  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Irrfan Khan at a literary festival, Credit: Sandip Roy
Actor Irrfan Khan wasn’t the biggest star in Bollywood, but he was unique. Irrfan Khan died last week from endocrine cancer. He was 53.

  • Added: May 04, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Chewie makes Dalonga coffee, Credit: Sandip Roy
I had assumed the lockdown was a time when the frenetic world would finally slow down, But on my social media timeline no one has gotten the messag...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Wooden toys at a past Charak Mela festival, Credit: Sandip Roy
In the year 1427, there will be no celebration. But Sandip remembers the Bengali New Year festivities from years past, the Charak Mela.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Sandip Roy's empty street in Kolkata, Credit: Sandip Roy
For these few weeks as humans suffer, the earth is healing itself.

  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip remembers his early childhood attraction to a group of mustacioed morons. Astrix and Obelix.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip reflects on the connections between us, and the responsibility of us all to remain apart.

  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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Could the global outbreak of COVID-19 keep us apart, in more ways than just physical.

Bought by KFCF FM, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, and WAMC


  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The Indian festival ‘Holi’ is usually a riot of abandonment and color…but then Corona came to town.

Bought by KFAI and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Cauliflower samosas for Sandip's lunch, Credit: Sandip Roy
I am a samosa and I was meant to play a small but key role in India US diplomacy. This is my sad sad story.

  • Added: Mar 02, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Trump as Baahubali
Sandip Roy looks at all the ways Trump’s recent visit to India has been a benefit to all concerned.

  • Added: Feb 24, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy spoke with James Crabtree about his new book "The Billionaire Raj."

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: The police patrolling the Kolkata Book Fair, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip takes us to one of his favorite places, the Kolkata Book Fair, now in it’s 44th year!

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Bottle of Lies book cover
Katherine Eban's book "Bottle of Lies" exposes the criminal dealings of some of India pharma's drug producers

  • Added: Feb 03, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip explores the very unique sounds that make up a Kolkata winter.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
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After watching “Tales of the City” on Netflix, Sandip reflects on his own tale of the city.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: variouys social media icons
Sandip Roy reflects on the fast paced decade that defined “Social Media.”

  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Joseph Narendra Muhammad, Credit: Sandip Roy
There are protests in many cities all over India with signs saying No NPR.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 06:00