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."


196 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Shujaat Bukhari, Credit: photo courtesy of Facebook
Shujaat Bukhari spoke to all sides and stayed true to his journalistic calling. He was gunned down in Kashmir on June 14th.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: A photo from the exhibition "Full Moon on a Dark Night" at Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata, Credit: courtesy Soumya Sankar Bose from the show Full Moon on a Dark Night at Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata
This year Sandip Roy sees a new side of queer life in India.

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Dr. Homi Bhabha at the Oxford bookstore in Kolkata, Credit: Sandip Roy
The CEO of Tech Mahindra said that the top 10 IT companies in India only take 6% of the engineering graduates. What happens to the other 94% he won...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Travails With the Alien book cover
Did E.T. really come from Calcutta, India?

  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Sandip Roy in Hawai'i
Hot lava™. This is a smoky, spicy, garlic salt. But now when I look at my Hot Lava garlic salt I feel a pang.

  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Nigel Akkara
This Mother’s Day Sandip remembers Nigel Akkara, who told him about his two mothers.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy gets adopted by a neighborhood stray.

  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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Need a quick booster shot of national pride? How about a “quote" of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange praising the Indian prime minister? Need to help fome...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted of killing a protected deer, but with the rich and the powerful it’s hard to tell where the buck real...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Seder plate
Sandip enjoys a very diverse passover meal in Kolkata

  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Selfies abound at Kolkata Starbucks
In Kolkata Starbucks is not just coffee, it’s clearly cachet.

  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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The Indian Science Minister tried to capitalize on Stephen Hawking’s death, but to what end?

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The long shadow of Sir Winston Churchill.

  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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For a little while, in the hills of Rishikesh, India it will be 1968 again.

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 06, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: English Vinglish movie poster
Sandip Roy remembers the iconic Indian actress Sridevi.

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip discovers the Parsee’s of India, and a forbidden fashion technique.

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: The tree house
Sandip struggles with a “getting back to nature” trip.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Amy Tan and Sandip Roy at the Jaipur Lit. Fest., Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip and writers Amy Tan and Rabih Alameddine explore what makes Jaipur one of the greatest literature festivals in the world.

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Jaipur Lit Fest panel, Credit: Sandip Roy
Writer Sandip Roy experiences a deeper meaning to the 'Lit fest’ circuit.

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: A jungle cat (aka not a Tiger), Credit: Sandip Roy
What's in a tiger sighting? For some it's more important than anything else.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2018
  • Length: 06:00