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 »

Most Recent Episodes

Sandip Roy: English Vinglish

When I landed in the US I had one advantage over many other immigrants from different parts of the world. I spoke English. Other Indians are less lucky.

Sandip Roy: The Real Saroo

When I was a little boy I once lost my parents in a busy market in Kolkata. I was probably lost for all of 15 minutes.

Sandip Roy: Remembering Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati's rejection of the hyphen (Asian-American) was not a rejection of her roots.

Sandip Roy: Firoozeh in Kolkata

Iranian-American writer Firoozeh Dumas who lives in Germany has written books like Funny in Farsi and It Ain't So Awful, Falafel. Her commentaries about her hyphenated life have aired on NPR.

Sandip Roy: Manipuri Polo

Manipur's court records talk about a game back in the 1st century AD and what's different about polo in Manipur is that this not just a game for posh country clubs. Even ordinary villagers played it.

Sandip Roy: Turkey nostalgia for dinner

It was admittedly a moment of sheer American holiday nostalgia. Cooking a turkey in India. I thought it could be a fun adventure. I just didn't realize that finding a turkey was the least of it.

Sandip Roy: Goodbye Carrie

There was much more to Carrie Fisher than Princess Leia.

Sandip Roy: Happy New Year!

Contrary to popular belief, Diwali or the Festival of Lights is not New Year everywhere in India.

Sandip Roy: Kolkata Pride

In India there is celebration, there's pride, but also defiance. "We want azaadi" shout the marchers. "We want freedom."

Sandip Roy: What's in an anthem?

When you are proud of your country, pride about its national symbols follows naturally.

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