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."


255 Pieces

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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
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The Andaman Islands were devastated in the 2004 tsunami, and many of the ancient tongues are dying out, but not because of the tsunami.

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Ridley Scott's Film Exodus seems to be plagued by something not so Biblical.

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: After My Garden Grows poster
Sandip Roy on the short film "After My Garden Grows" with filmmaker Megan Mylan and Monica Burman who is featured in the film.

  • Added: Dec 02, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Nov. 19th is World Toilet Day, and in developing countries it's serious business.

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Rahul Richard Verma
Rahul Richard Verma would be the first Indian American to be Ambassador to India. Sandip Roy channels the thoughts of ohh about a billion Indians.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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Sandip Roy looks at the story behind "Upaj."

  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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Sandip Roy tries to hear through the noise and get to the heart of Diwali.

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, Credit: First Post
A joint Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi – a Pakistani and an Indian. Now if that doesn’t embarrass the two belligerent...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: The widows of Vrindavan
Some 60 widows in white saris from the town of Vrindavan made thier way to Kolkata for the festival of the Goddess Durga. Something many of them ha...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Mission specialists cheer at ISRO
India's Mangalyaan orbiter has reached Mars, but the mission means as much for the women of India as it does for science.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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Thousands of miles from Edinburgh in the heart of Kolkata there remains a piece of land that is indisputably Scottish. Sandip Roy takes us there.

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
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Caption: A Muslim caretaker, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy discovers one way in which Jews and Muslims cooperate through generations.

  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Magen David Synagogue in Kolkata, India, Credit: Ashok Sinha
A Jewish museum just opened in Kolkata. Not a brick and mortar museum, but an online museum.

  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Shiva Shankar from Hyderabad gets his niece Vaishnavi from Pune to donate rice to a woman who works there
Sandip Roy investigates the latest social media challenge and finds out what all this 'Rice' is about.

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
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The Twitter account "RushdieExplainsIndia" has attracted 130,000 followers in a very short time. However it isn't owned by Salman Rushdie, but by R...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2014
  • Length: 04:30