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."


265 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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.

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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
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In an India bristling with news about beef raids, vegetarian only housing societies and animal slaughter bans, being vegetarian has started soundin...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Old Monk Rum
The Old Monk is dying!? Not that kind of monk, it’s a rum. Not just A rum. The iconic Indian rum. A rite of passage for Indians for the last 6 de...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Mohamad Akhlaq
After it was posted on WhatsApp that Aklhaq Mohmamad's family was eating beef a mob beat and stoned him to death. But what was the mob being fed?

  • Added: Oct 06, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
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When Narendra Modi came by last week to the Bay Area the titans of tech pulled out all stops to give him a red carpet welcome. Amidst all this jub...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Ahmed Muhamed
Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realize.

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Sandip Roy never learned how to fly a kite, and he regrets it every September.

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Aylan and Galib Kurdi
We are inundated by a circus of gratuitous and salacious images in our media everyday, but one recent photograph has cut through the clutter.

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1