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."


252 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Sandip Roy and William Dalrymple
How did just a few thousand British control the country of India?

  • Added: Dec 02, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: 2 Kali's in Kolkata during the holiday Kali Puja, Credit: Sandip Roy
While the rest of India celebrates Diwali with its sweets and fireworks, Kolkata gets ready for the arrival of the Goddess Kali, the one of the dee...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Many things divide a country, but it’s the overlooked, personal slights, that hurt the most.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Nabaneeta Dev Sen with her daughter at Antara at the Kolkata Literary Meet, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy remembers on of India’s most beloved writers. Nabaneeta dev Sen

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Caption: Cat Sticks Poster
Sandip speaks with filmmaker Ronny Sen about his film “Cat Sticks,” a personal and disturbing look at the ‘brown sugar’ heroin explosion at the beg...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Credit: Bryce Vickmark for news.mit.edu
Abhijit Banerjee, an MIT economist from Kolkata, India wins a Nobel Prize for his work on alleviating global poverty.

  • Added: Oct 21, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Snacks on a local train, Credit: Sandip Roy
An ode to the local trains in Kolkata, moving and harboring life daily.

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Gandhi statue at the Ferry Building, San Francisco, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip considers the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, 150 years after his birth.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Amitav Ghosh’s newest novel Gun Island is a story about both two of his great themes - migration and climate.

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Sandip's neighborhood Ganesh, Credit: Sandip Roy
As the monsoons recede the time has come for Ganesh.

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Ilish in mustard sauce, Credit: Sandip Roy
Sandip, who does not like fish, relishes his annual dish of Ilish, the prized fish of Bengal. But at what cost?

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 05:57
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Zomato delivers a food born controversy

  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Dal Lake in Kashmir, Credit: By Basharat Shah - Flickr: Dal Lake, CC BY 2.0
Kashmir has been on Sandip’s mind lately, his boyhood memories and the current media blackout.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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As crazy weather makes headlines globally, Sandip Roy reflects on the monsoons of his past.

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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This week marks International Tiger Day. And they certainly need one.

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Nemat Sadat, Credit: Elliott O'Donovan Photography
Sandip Roy speaks with author and Afghan born American, vegan beefcake and most lovable teddy bear, Nemat Sadat.

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy tours Borneo and discovers more than just monkeys.

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Marchers from the very first Kolkata Pride march, Credit: Sandip Roy
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. But it also marks the 20th anniversary of the first Pride march in Kolkata...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Ruskin Bond signing a book for a fan, Credit: Sandip Roy
The 85 year old Ruskin Bond is a bit of an accidental Indian, but he is also one of the most loved Indian writers. Sandip Roy met him at the Tata S...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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Sandip Roy compares our current heat wave to a typical “Indian Summer.”

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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