Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata


"A lot has been written about the changing India," says writer and NPR contributor Sandip 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 is another thing." Sandip delivers an audio diary from Kolkata India every weekMore from Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata »

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Sandip Roy: Baluji Shrivastav

In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns. But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time.

Sandip Roy: Dipa Karmakar - India's Pride and Shame

On Sunday night, much of India was watching television with bated breath. All for one young woman at the Rio Olympics. Her name is Dipa Karmakar and a billion people's hopes were resting on her shoulders.

Sandip Roy: Mankind's (Purple) Angel

India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

Sandip Roy: The Sacrifice of Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.

Hindu Sena Loves 'The Donald'

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

Sandip Roy: Follow 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 change their lives.

Sandip Roy: What Lies Between Us

Every immigrant has a coming to the America memory. Nayomi Munaweera came to America when she was 12. It was the mid eighties. And Duran Duran.

Sandip Roy: Je suis Dhaka?

Why not Je Suis Dhaka?

Sandip Roy: Homecoming

Sometimes when I return to San Francisco from Calcutta it feels like I have two homes, the best of both worlds.

Sandip Roy: Sport Glue

Sports used to make me feel like the outsider, the one left out of the game.

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