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."


465 Pieces

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Caption: The landing page for the Netflix series Uncoupled.
Netflix’s new series Uncovered might be referred to as the gay “Sex in the City,” but Sandip Roy finds a reason why everyone can relate to it.

  • Added: Sep 06, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: War of the monkey kings Bali (Abhishek Sharma) and Sugreev (Dinesh Rao), Credit: Kyle Adler
The  Bay Area Indian American theatre group Naatak became famous as "techies doing theatre."

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Salman Rushdie with Sandip Roy at KALW in 2005, Credit: Eric Wayne
After the recent attack on Salman Rushdie, Sandip Roy reflects on how the fatwa put freedom of expression on the cultural map for so many of us.

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Enamelled Figures from British India, Credit: Sandip Roy
India celebrates 75 years of Independence from Britain in a new exhibit called March to Freedom.

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: President Droupadi Murmu
India refers to its original tribal inhabitants as “Adivasi’s.” Now one, Droupadi Murmu, has ascended to the office of President.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Sulochana Gadgil, Credit: Sandip Roy
Dr Sulochana Gadgil started studying the Indian monsoon when she was at Harvard in the 1960s. She's been tracking it back in India since 1971. And ...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: A grand hall in Chettinad, Credit: Sandip Roy
The great mansions in the  villages of Chettinad in South India still carry the imprints of the worlds their owners once traversed using Birmingham...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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As the world continues to limp back to a pre-COVID lifestyle, Sandip ponders the markers of “normalcy” in his life in Kolkata.

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip considers the underwhelming response to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in India.

  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
Caption:  A scene from the film Muhafiz by Pradipta Ray, Credit: Photo courtesy Bombay Berlin Film Productions
Pride in India has come out of the closet and the film world has followed suit.

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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While Americans and their politicians argue over gun control, the world view of America is not getting any better.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Bikers and a Tram in Kolkata on World Environmental Day, Credit: Sandip Roy
On world Environmental Day, Sandip rediscovers an old transit system that has potential for all of us.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee, Credit: University of Michigan
While everyone wants to move on from COVID-19, but professor of epidemiology at Michigan University Bhramar Mukherjee says that the future depends ...

  • Added: May 31, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Sandip in the Paris Metro
This Spring, the Paris Book Fair was finally back in person! But even amidst this Parisian fairytale, reality reared its ugly head.

  • Added: May 24, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Urvashi Vaid (right) and her long-time partner Kate Clinton (left)
The South-Asian Queer activist Urvashi Vaid passed away on May 14th, but her influence remains.

  • Added: May 17, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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In Search of Bengali Harlem is a transformative journey, not just for Alaudin Ullah, but for our understanding of the complex histories of South As...

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  • Added: May 10, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Sonar Kella aka The Golden Fortress, Credit: Sandip Roy
Many towns and cities are indelibly tied up with certain books and films. But few changed the fortunes of a town like a 1974 Bengali film named Son...

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  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Kolkata Lit. Fest. audience, Credit: Sandip Roy
For the last two years the Kolkata Literary Meet has been a Zoom affair, but this year the audience is back and reminds Sandip just how important t...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2022
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Caption: A tribute to Lata Mangeshkar from Amul Dairy
The “In Memoriam” segment of the 2022 Grammy awards failed to remember one very important icon, Lata Mangeshkar. While many fans of Indian music an...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2022
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Caption: Runu Mullick, the poetry seller, Credit: Sandip Roy
At the Kolkata Book Fair Sandip wonders if anyone comes to the book fair anymore for actual books, and then 4 handwritten poems proved that they do.

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2022
  • Length: 06:00
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