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."


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Caption: Hindu gods and goddesses get kiddie avatars thanks to Sanjay Patel’s series of 20 episodes aimed at preschoolers which premiered last month on his YouTube channel GheeHappyStudio.” , Credit: Sandy Patel's ghee Happy Studio
Sanjay Patel was the first South Asian to make a Pixar film, Sanjay’s Super Team, but after 20 years with the studio he was ready for a new adventure.

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
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Caption: Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey congratulated by the Home Minister of Nepal along with activist Sunil Babu Pant (on Right). , Credit: Facebook page of Sunil Babu Pant.
For 16 years Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey could not get married, but now they have the most important piece of paper in Nepal.

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2023
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Caption: Jasmeen Kaur “Just looking like a wow”, Credit: Instagram/@designmachinesuitslive
“Looking like a wow" is the hot new viral craze in India. Sandip brings us the story and what it means for a boutique owner from New Delhi to sudde...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2023
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Caption: Chinna Masta Kali, Credit: Sandip Roy
While the festival of Diwali is well known across the world as the festival of light another festival at the same time, the festival of the Goddess...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Durga Puja that paid homage to destruction and regeneration using the Bamiyan Buddha, Credit: Sandip Roy
Kolkata's biggest festival Durga Puja has earned a UNESCO tag for intangible cultural heritage. This has led to a lot of interest among art fans in...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: An Indian advertisement mourns Matthew Perry., Credit: Courtesy Amul.
The TV show "Friends" might have been about a group of close-knit white New Yorkers but somehow it resonated in many corners of the world including...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
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Caption: Image of the Goddess at the Samaj Sebi Durga Puja installation in Kolkata, Credit: Sandip Roy
Like all big festivals, Kolkata's biggest festival Durga Puja is big big business. Now a Durga Puja organizer wants the actual  art installation to...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
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Wes Anderson's new adaptations of Roald Dahl short stories have  won a lot of critical praise. Sandip notices that two of them neatly sum up two co...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2023
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Caption: Samuel Stokes and Ralph Richard Keithahn (along with his wife Mildred)
Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary was celebrated on October 2. While he is revered in India, his charisma drew some Americans to him, Americans wh...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2023
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Caption: The breakdown of Indian-Canadian relations is front page news in India., Credit: Sandip Roy
Khalistan - a word that used to be on the front pages of Indian newspapers in the 1980s has resurfaced in headlines thanks to the diplomatic row be...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2023
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Caption: Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak tours Kolkata's Durga Puja with the widows of Vrindavan. , Credit: Sandip Roy
India’s famous “toilet man,” Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, died last month at the age of 80. But he was far more than just an inventor and business man. Sa...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: The historic Qutb Minar ‘au natural’ and done up for the G-20 summit in Delhi. , Credit: Image by Sandip Roy and sourced from Instagram.
 Joe Biden and other world leaders landed in Delhi to a grand multicolored G-20 welcome. But the beautification of the city left some of its reside...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Tripta Tyagi, the teacher in the eye of the storm in India., Credit: Photo courtesy of News9 TV, India.
This week they celebrated “Teacher’s Day” in India, but this year a teacher is in the news for all the wrong reasons.

  • Added: Sep 05, 2023
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: The Indian newspaper The Telegraph covers the death of a teenaged student allegedly because of "ragging" by older students. , Credit: Sandip Roy
The death of a Kolkata teen allegedly because of ragging, or hazing, has re focused attention on bullying in schools and colleges.

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2023
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Caption: Sandip's mother Reba Roy who saw India become independent reads Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's novel Independence set in those years., Credit: Sandip Roy
India celebrated its 77th Independence Day this week. Sandip talks to novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni about the turbulent and traumatic years o...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2023
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Caption: The poster from the film “Rocky aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani” and a glimpse of a gift shop in Kolkata., Credit: Sandip Roy
Barbie has made the color pink a"thing," but in India a Bollywood film is even more pink and it celebrates a shade of pink called Rani Pink.

  • Added: Aug 08, 2023
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One of the most memorable lines from Oppenheimer the film comes from the Hindu sacred text the Bhagavad Gita. Sandip explains our abiding cultural ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2023
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The release of Barbie the movie seems the perfect excuse to look for the origins of patriarchy with science writer Angela D Saini.

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Caption: The Nigiri Mountain train, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip takes a ride back in time on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, one of the oldest mountain railways in India and part of the UNESCO World Heritag...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2023
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Caption: The International Year of Millets shared the White House state dinner menu.
The White House state dinner for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi included for the first time millets as the main grain. And that caused quite a...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2023
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