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

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Sandip Roy listens back to the music of Manna Dey.

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2013
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Nepalese/Indian-American author Prahjwal Parajuly is not your usual "trope."

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2014
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Caption: Salman Khan
One hot muggy afternoon last week I understood first hand a fact of life in India – the system never works for you unless you know someone with con...

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  • Added: May 11, 2015
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Caption: Abhishek Bachchan and Keith Vaz
In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Million...

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  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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The world will need to remember that Nepal is not just a home for temples and palaces and Everest expeditions. It is a country that millions call h...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Priya Vedi
It is all very well to castigate the Supreme Court for its failure to affirm gay rights. But rights mean nothing without responsibility and those r...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Calcutta food festival, Credit: Sandip Roy
Contrary to popular belief, Diwali or the Festival of Lights is not New Year everywhere in India. Some celebrate their New Year during Holi the fes...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: "Downward Dog" or adho mukha shvanasana
It's safe to do yoga in American schools, so says the 4th District Court of Appeals. Its great that an Indian tradition has found an American home,...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
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For Sandip Roy, after growing up in India America was a culture shock. After 20 years in America living in India was its own culture shock. Everyth...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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If you think Asian-Amerian man, chances are you don’t think of sweaty guys pushing, shoving and shouting on a court. But that’s exactly what 9-Man ...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2015
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A new film touches on some touchy subjects, sex and disability. But the end result is as light hearted as it is complex. Shonali Bose's new film is...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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The Partition of India uprooted 10 -15 million people, the largest mass displacement of the 20th century. 250,000 – two million died. Yet no museu...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2015
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A funny blog on the site Publishing Perspectives came up with a checklist for the must have ingredients of a bad South Asian diasporan novel. Arran...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2015
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Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. T...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 06:04
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"Did you see a tiger?" The first question asked of anyone who comes back from Jim Corbett National Park was asked of Sandip Roy recently. Here is ...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
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Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.

  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
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Caption: Kids singing at the Jaipur Lit. Fest.
Once if you wanted to be an Indian city of any standing, you were measured by flyovers, speciality hospitals or multiplexes. These days you are mea...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy is at the Jaipur Literary festival in Kolkata, India's old capital, speaking with Rana Dasgupta about Delhi, India's new capital...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Debika and Ronu
The end of year issues all over magazine stands in India all carry photo spreads of the icons we lost. Famous people from the world of politics and...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Chitresh Das
The restless boy is finally still. Khatak master Pandit Chitresh Das passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 in Northern California.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2015
  • Length: 06:00