Sandip Roy http://kacu.org en From A Calcutta Prison To The Classical Stage http://kacu.org/post/calcutta-prison-classical-stage <em>A new Indian feature film was inspired by a group of prisoners who formed a well-known classical dance company. Commentator Sandip Roy has the true story of a famous Indian dancer and the convicts she befriended.</em><p>Alokananda Roy walked into Calcutta's Presidency Jail on International Women's Day, 2007. The Indian classical dancer had been invited to watch female inmates perform, but it was the men who caught her eye.<p>"They shook me," she says. "Their body language — it was as though they had no future, nothing to look forward to."<p>Almost on a whim, she offered to teach them. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:03:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 16916 at http://kacu.org From A Calcutta Prison To The Classical Stage For Indian Women, Teasing Is No Laughing Matter http://kacu.org/post/indian-women-teasing-no-laughing-matter <em>Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy is back home in India after spending years in the U.S. He finds some Indians are standing up to a very old problem they call "eve teasing."</em><p>I lost touch with that peculiar Indian euphemism "eve teasing" in the years I was away from India.<p>It sounds coy, like a Bollywood hero romancing the pretty girl as she walks down the street, and it can mean that. But it can also mean what happened to a teenager a few weeks ago in the northeastern city of Guwahati.<p>She came out of a pub and got into an argument with some men. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 13139 at http://kacu.org For Indian Women, Teasing Is No Laughing Matter Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist http://kacu.org/post/watching-avengers-india-twist When I went to see <em>The Avengers</em> the very day it was released, I texted a friend in San Francisco. It seems kind of unfair, I said, that because of the 12-hour time difference, I get to see <em>The Avengers</em> before you do.<p>Turns out I was a week off. <em>The Avengers</em> actually released in 39 countries around the world, including India, a week before it opens in America.<p>Once, we waited patiently in India for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big popcorn and cola blockbusters like <em>The Avengers</em>. Thu, 03 May 2012 07:02:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 8183 at http://kacu.org Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules http://kacu.org/post/living-100-story-indias-pocket-hercules <em><em>A fad that has been sweeping through middle-class India might look familiar to some Americans — it's a craze for fancy gym equipment. But when commentator Sandip Roy visited <em>India's first Mr. Universe (who is known as the "Pocket Hercules")</em> he found that the body builder has little patience for the new trend. </em></em><p>The first gyms I saw in Kolkata were in people's living rooms. The attendant would turn on the fans and uncover the machines when you came to work out. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:36:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 8019 at http://kacu.org Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules The New Indian Pariahs: Vegetarians http://kacu.org/post/new-indian-pariahs-vegetarians <em>India has been home to vegetarians for centuries. Many Hindus and most Buddhists do not eat meat, but commentator Sandip Roy says in today's India, meat is what's for dinner.</em><p>When my friend Lakshmi, a lifelong vegetarian, went to America as a student more than 20 years ago she knew she was in for a hard time. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Sandip Roy 5231 at http://kacu.org The New Indian Pariahs: Vegetarians