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."


252 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Father Bouche and class, Credit: Sandip Roy
September 5th is "Teacher's Day" in India, and Sandip Roy remembers one of his.

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Police officials escort a suspect (C), in the gang-rape of a female photographer, from a crime branch unit station in Mumbai., Credit: First Post
The most wanted cellphone in the country belongs to someone no one had heard of a week ago - a 21-year-old resident of Central Mumbai. The phone’s...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Anirvan & Barnali during a tour, Credit: Sandip Roy
It turns out that a community best known for winning spelling bees also has some radical skeletons in its closet.

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Dark is Beautiful Campaign
Shah Rukh Khan is probably the biggest star in India right now. And if one of his newest ads is to believed the secret of his success is the Fair a...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Music World closes, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip finds himself oddly nostalgic, for a noisy purple bag.

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Suzette Jordan, Credit: Sandip Roy
Recently the Park Street rape victim did something almost unthinkable in India. She revealed her identity.

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Flooded Streets, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy experiences some nostalgia for the monsoons of his childhood.

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Central Telegraph Office in Kolkata, Credit: Sandip Roy
The telegram was 163 years old in India, and only recently has the reliable old machine been put away.

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: LK Advani, Credit: lkadvani.in
Recently, the BJP Party had an "All About Eve" moment.

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Nelson Mandela, Credit: omg.com
Sandip Roy believes that Nelson Mandela has yet one more lesson to teach the world.

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Protesters at College Square in Kolkata, India, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy takes us to the rally in Kolkata where thousands marched against the rash of violent rapes in the state of Bengal.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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Caption: Sandip at the Grand Hotel in Nainital.
Sandip takes a different view of this very "American" super hero.

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 2