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Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

English, Human interest, 1 season, 71 episodes, 7 hours, 6 minutes
About
Every week NPR contributor (and former San Franciscian) Sandip Roy brings you a little taste of the 'new India' – a letter home from his other home.
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Bengali Comics

Sandip explores a 100-year-old history of Bengali comics and what they gained and lost from their encounter with Laurel and Hardy and Tarzan and Tintin.
4/10/20240
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Which Came First?

A new food fight has erupted in India. And it’s about one of the most famous dishes to come out of India, one that every other Indian restaurant in the west usually must carry.
4/3/20246 minutes
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Good Holi Ramadan

The stars are aligned this week. Its a week for Holi, Ramadan and Good Friday, which is a perfect way to showcase how many faiths in Kolkata exist shoulder to shoulder.
3/27/20246 minutes
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Journal of Discovery

Sandip began his Dispatches from Kolkata thinking he would tell listeners in the Bay Area stories from India to show that we were ultimately all connected in this global local world. But as we cross 500 episodes of Dispatches, he discovers something more.
3/20/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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Self Help Me!

Self-help books promise a secret formula to individual success and Jay Shetty is just the latest Dale Carnegie to do so. But, even after the Guardian’s expose on Shetty, Sandip wonders if the problem lies elsewhere.
3/13/20246 minutes
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Paint the Town

Kolkata is often regarded as a city that has slipped behind other metropolises in India when it comes to money and industry. But the country's crime bureau says it's one of the safest cities in India. And some activists are hoping to keep it that way by encouraging more street life instead of complaining about crowds and dirt.
3/6/20246 minutes
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Goodnight Sisters and Brothers

Sandip Roy remembers his childhood radio guru, Amen Sayani died last week at the age of 91.
2/28/20246 minutes, 43 seconds
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Kathak's Return Journey

Pandit Chitresh Das is credited with bringing the Indian classical dance of kathak to America. Now the Chitresh Das Institute takes it back on tour in India but this time with live piano in accompaniment.
2/21/20246 minutes, 29 seconds
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Year of the Dragon

Kolkata has India's only Chinatown. The Chinese community is dwindling but they still put up a good show for the Chinese New Year. Sandip got a taste.
2/14/20246 minutes
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Found in Translation

It’s wonderful that lit fests are coming out of their English cocoons. At this years Kolkata Literary Meet I noticed so many other Indian dialects on stage, often with an interpreter doing live translation.Finally it seems we are no longer lost in translation. Instead we are finding ourselves.
2/7/20246 minutes
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The Winter of Content (Kolkata Lit. Fest 2024)

As lit fest’s, lit meets, literary carnivals pop up all over India, 3 in Kolkata alone in a month, some wonder whether whether this is about books or just being seen around books.Kolkata has a reputation as a city that loves books. One evening, at least, it came through, making for our winter of content.
1/31/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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100 Years of Nonsense

Sukumar Ray is sometimes called the Edward Lear of Bengal. Abol Tabol his book of nonsense rhymes was part of my growing up. And I dare say every Bengalis. That book turned 100 this year. Now we understand why his nonsense still makes so much sense.
1/24/20246 minutes
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Maldives in Hot Water

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's images of the Indian islands of Lakshadweep triggered a social media spat with the Maldives.
1/18/20246 minutes
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There's More Than One Color in the Rainbow

Though the plea to recognize same-sex marriage was quashed by the Indian Supreme Court, queer life continues to bloom in India in many different colors making December a veritable Pride Month.
1/10/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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A New Life for an Old Sari

When artist Benigna Chilla got a frayed sari, more than six decades old, from Sandip's mother it set the stage for an artistic conversation that spanned generations and continents. Last month Sandip got to see his mother's sari's new avatar.The show Absolutist Approaches runs through January 14 2024 at Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi (https://naturemorte.com/exhibitions/absolutistapproaches/)
1/3/20246 minutes
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A Kolkata Christmas Story

Sandip Roy’s search for the Christmas experience has taken him from old markets in Kolkata to resorts in the Russian River wine country in California...
1/2/20246 minutes
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Ghee Happy

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.You can visit Sanjay Patel’s colorful world of Gods and Goddesses on the Ghee Happy YouTube channel.(https://www.youtube.com/@gheehappystudio)
12/20/20236 minutes
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Call Your Mother

Sandip Roy tries to call his mother, but it proves to be more challenging than one would expect.
12/13/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ain't no Mountain High Enough (A Marriage in Nepal)

For 16 years Maya Gurung and Surendra Pandey could not get married, but now they have the most important piece of paper in Nepal.
12/6/20236 minutes
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Just Looking Like a Wow!

“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 suddenly become a star.
11/29/20236 minutes
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Turkey for Dinner.... in Kolkata?

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.
11/22/20236 minutes
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Kali and Diwali

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 Kali will probably never be celebrated in the White House. Sandip explains why.
11/15/20236 minutes
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The Art of Durga

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 what is a religious and cultural festival in Kolkata. This year a group of Vassar students and alumni and faculty got a preview of the festival thanks to a tour organized by Vassar Club South Asia. Sandip tagged along to find out what they made of it.
11/8/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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I'll Be There for You

Friends might have been about a group of close-knit white New Yorkers but somehow it resonated in many corners of the world including India. Sandip talks about why many in India are mourning the death of Matthew Perry who played the wisecracking Chandler Bing on the series.
11/1/20236 minutes
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DUrga Puja Cashes In

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 reflect the economy of DUrga Puja so visitors understand it's more than a carnival.
10/18/20236 minutes
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Sugar Poison

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 colonial attitudes towards India - one sugary and one more poisonous.
10/11/20236 minutes
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Americans in Gandhi's India

Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary was celebrated on October 2. While he is revered in India, his charisma drew some Americans to him, Americans who gave up their lives in the West to follow his ideals.
10/4/20236 minutes
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Khalistan Returns

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 between India and Canada. As Indian and Canadian relations go into free fall over a killing in Canada, Sandip explains how the two countries find themselves butting heads over the idea of Khalistan, the dream homeland for Sikh separatists.
9/27/20236 minutes
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The Toilet Man

India’s famous “toilet man,” Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, died last month at the age of 80.
9/20/20236 minutes
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Delhi Goes G20

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 residents seeing red.
9/13/20236 minutes
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(Not So) Happy Teacher's Day

This week's 'Teacher's Day' celebration in India was marred by reports of a teacher telling her class to beat a student for not knowing his multiplication tables.
9/6/20236 minutes
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Moonstruck

On August 23, 2023 India became the first nation in the world to pull off a soft landing on the moon's south pole.
8/30/20236 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ragging

The death of a Kolkata teen allegedly because of ragging, or hazing, has re focused attention on bullying in schools and colleges.
8/23/20236 minutes
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Independence

India celebrated its 77th Independence Day this week. Sandip talks with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni about the turbulent and traumatic years of Independence.
8/16/20236 minutes
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Pink!

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.
8/9/20236 minutes
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Oppenheimer

Our fascination with the Bhagavad Gita.
8/2/20236 minutes, 52 seconds
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Barbie Land

The release of Barbie the movie seems the perfect excuse to look for the origins of patriarchy with science writer Angela D Saini.
7/26/20236 minutes
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Threadbare

With social media app Threads trying to trip up Twitter, Sandip Roy wonders about why we have the itch to be on these platforms at all.
7/19/20236 minutes
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Sandip takes a ride back in time on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, an UNESCO World Heritage train.
7/12/20236 minutes
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Millets!

The inclusion of Millets as the main grain of the White House dinner with Narendra Modi signals a sea change in the perception of ancient grains.
7/5/20236 minutes
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Tupperware Party

The iconic Tupperware made a huge impression in India and still does.
6/28/20236 minutes
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Pride Then and Now

At a time when June is celebrated as Pride month both in Kolkata and San Francisco, Sandip reflects on a what it took to reconcile both parts of one's identity. Queer and South Asian, and all those who helped make it happen.
6/21/20236 minutes
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Independent Chitra

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has always featured women in her writing and her new book Independence is no different.
6/14/20236 minutes
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An Indian Train Story

In the wake of the terrible train accident in eastern India Sandip remembers a gentler kind of train travel in India.
6/7/20236 minutes
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Simply the Best (remembering Tina Turner)

Sandip Roy remembers Tina Turner as the only rockstar whose poster he put up in his bedroom as a boy in Kolkata.
5/31/20236 minutes, 23 seconds
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The River of Jabalpur

River towns in India are often temple towns and come with their own rituals. But Sandip Roy visits Jabalpur which comes with boatmen who talk in rhyme.
5/24/20236 minutes
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Remembering Harry

Harry Belafonte's death provoked an outpouring of mourning in India.
5/17/20236 minutes
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Coronation Quiche

The coronation of King Charles came with its own special dish - a coronation quiche.
5/10/20236 minutes
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Dalit History Month

April was Dalit History Month in India. But even though caste-ism is officially outlawed in India, some of the old biases remain.
5/3/20236 minutes
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Fading Beauties: Streetcars of Desire Pt. 2

Kolkata’s streets continue to clog with cars. The fate of an already established, cleaner transit option, teeters in the balance.
4/19/20236 minutes
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Streetcars of Desire

Kolkata was the first city in India to have streetcars and the only city to still have them.
4/12/20236 minutes
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The Fontwala

Responsible for typefaces of all slants and bolds, Rajeev Prakash is India’s Fontwala!
4/5/20236 minutes
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Where did my English muffin go?

Where did my English muffin go from my Eggs Benedict?
3/29/20236 minutes
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The Elephant Whisperers

The short documentary Oscar win for The Elephant Whisperers is being widely celebrated in India because it's a first for India. But what will it mean for India's elephants, both the ones in the wild and the ones in captivity?
3/22/20236 minutes
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The Songs We Carry

Sandip Roy is getting nostalgic after Naatu Naatu wins an Oscar for best song in a film.
3/15/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Fistfull of Joy

It’s time to play Holi in India and Sandip Roy grabs a fistful of joy!
3/8/20236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Limeric Lovers Are Like No Others

Sandip visits the Limeric Lovers Publishers of Kolkata.
3/1/20236 minutes, 20 seconds
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More of Less in Kolkata

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
2/22/20236 minutes
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Mishti Mukh

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
2/15/20236 minutes, 23 seconds
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Pathaan

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
2/8/20236 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Fest in Festival

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
2/1/20237 minutes, 15 seconds
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City of Joy

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
1/25/20236 minutes
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On the River

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
1/18/20236 minutes
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The Chicken From Glasgow

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
1/11/20236 minutes
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Un-Word of the Year

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
1/4/20236 minutes
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Happy (Indian) Christmas

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
12/28/20226 minutes
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Pride and Celebration

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
12/21/20226 minutes
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Bringing the World to the World Cup

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
12/14/20226 minutes
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For Lease (San Francisco post COVID)

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
12/7/20226 minutes
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Kolkata's Football Fever

Author and former award winning San Francisco radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
11/30/20226 minutes
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Remembering Thanksgiving

Author and award winning radio personality Sandip Roy comments on life from his home in Kolkata, India.
11/28/20226 minutes