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: Queen Harish and Sandip Roy
When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. She whirled, she twirled. Her sequined skirts billowed around her. Her arms were filled wi...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Modi film poster
When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. In elections, though, you might just live to fight another day.

  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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India has a new government. But when all the sound and fury end, the real work of democracy begins in this, the greatest democratic experiment in t...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Aatish Taseer, Credit: Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet
The Indian elections are in full swing, and if one party has fallen back on a politics of revenge and polarization to win the election. And the old...

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Manna Dey’s birthday is May 1. He would have been 100 years old.

  • Added: Apr 29, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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As this year's election season heats up in India, women are making themselves heard.

  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata
What does Sandip Roy miss most about San Francisco? Clean Air.

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip discovers that sometimes a class reunion is a reminder to how we've moved on.

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Centenarians are on Sandip Roy's mind as Lawerence Ferlinghetti turns 100

  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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When people get spooked, even ghosts can disappear.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy has his annual date with America... at the Oscar's.

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Memorial Shahid Minar in Dhaka, Credit: Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor
Feb 21st is International Mother Language Day. Learn more at http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy experiences a testiment to resiliance.... at the Pavlov Mental Hospital.

  • Added: Feb 04, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy remembers his boyhood fascination with Hergé's famous comic, Tintin

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip investigates the journey of a small town Scottish postmaster to his resting place in Kolkata.

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, but also home to some of the first champions of recycling.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip reflects on the name game.

  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at thier wedding
Once outrage in distant India would barely ruffle feathers in New York. But no more. As the newsletter Broadsheet pointed out today if media is glo...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: the Jungle Crows play in a Kolkata park
In Cricket crazy india, an obscure game played with a very strange shaped ball takes hold.

  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 06:00