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: Mr. Kohinoor meets the Royals
The British left India a few years ago. Well almost 70 to be precise. But for some Indians, it’s just like yesterday, and with WillKat otherwise kn...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Rubble after the collapse in Vivekananda , Credit: Sandip Roy
A recent disaster in Kolkata brings out the lookie-loos - and much more.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Nidhi Chaphekar, Credit: Ketevan Kardava
Kardava was doing what is her job as a journalist. The media is doing what they think is their job. The only person who has no choice in this is th...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Monica Liu
Most people who come to her restaurant and wash down golden fried prawn with cold beer have no inkling about her back story.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Deoli Internees in Kolkata, Credit: Sandip Roy
In 1962 a group of Indians were shipped off to internment camps during a war with China.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: a photo from the box
Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois. Jerri says they stumbled upon a shoebox that would cha...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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This year saw the Academy Awards ceremony awash in racial controversy.

  • Added: Feb 29, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Kanhalya Kumar
Television is not just news. It has become the lynchpin of the lynchmob.

  • Added: Feb 22, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Sandip's Aunt
A heartfelt goodbye to a favorite Aunt.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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Indian officials in Bangalore play 'racism dodge ball' over the attack of a Tanzanian student.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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It’s the great Western discovery of India all over again.

  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Credit: nataji.org
The mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose has trumped the actual history of Subhas Bose.

  • Added: Jan 26, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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There’s tea... and there’s Darjeeling tea.

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Modi and Zuckerberg
Is net neutrality just a right for the West and a luxury for the rest. And must poor countries be told, be grateful, half an internet is better tha...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Montoo at the oven, Credit: Sandip Roy
It’s hardly Santaland but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.

  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Suzette Jordan
Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan.Though she was not there to witness it. In 2013 she became the face of rape in Kolkata, India. Her att...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2015
  • Length: 05:59
Caption: Sanjay's Super Team, Credit: Pixar
Sanjay’s Super Team -- the first Pixar film directed by a person of Indian heritage. The first Pixar film with a central character who is a person ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 30, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Sandip Roy gets virtually stranded in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Lit. Fest.

  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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I will not overlay my Facebook profile picture with the French tricolor.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Diwali Sweets
It’s like saying "I don’t like Christmas." But Sandip Roy has never been particularly fond of Diwali.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 06:00