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Sunday, August 01, 2021

The Sandip Roy Show

What makes people tick? What are the stories they carry with them? In a world of shouting heads, veteran journalist, radio commentator and novelist Sandip Roy sits down to have real conversations about the fascinating world around us and the people who shape it. Catch these engaging interviews every other Sunday

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The Sandip Roy ShowWhat makes people tick? What are the stories they carry with them? In a world of shouting heads, veteran journalist, radio commentator and novelist Sandip Roy sits down to have real conversations about the fascinating world around us and the people who shape it. Catch these engaging interviews every other Sunday
Episode 81 July 25, 2021

An intimate history of a changing Kashmir, with Farah Bashir

In this episode Sandip talks to author Farah Bashir about her memoir, Rumours of Spring, which is an intimate history of Kashmir told through the eyes of a young girl.

Episode 80 July 11, 2021

How China spun the COVID-19 narrative, with Manoj Kewalramani

Manoj Kewalramani on whether China has successfully spun the Covid-19 narrative to its advantage, and his latest book Smokeless War: China's Quest for Geopolitical Dominance.

Episode 79 June 27, 2021

Chinmay Tumbe on what we can learn from past pandemics

Sandip Roy talks to Chinmay Tumbe about the pandemics India has witnessed in the past, how they changed the country, and what we can learn from them.

Episode 78 June 13, 2021

Nik Sharma on the science of taste and why we like the things we do

Chef Nik Sharma breaks down the science of taste, talks about the joy of cooking, and discusses his latest book – The Flavor Equation.

Episode 77 May 30, 2021

Dr Gagandeep Kang addresses the concerns around India’s vaccine policy

In this episode, Sandip talks to Dr Gagandeep Kang, who addresses the concerns around India’s vaccine policy.

Episode 76 May 16, 2021

Ghazala Wahab on what it means to be an ‘Indian Muslim’ today

Discussing the the changing face of Indian Islam, and what it really means to be an ‘Indian Muslim’ today.

Episode 75 May 2, 2021

Sharmila Tagore remembers Satyajit Ray on his 100th birth anniversary

Renowned actor Sharmila Tagore joins Sandip to celebrate this occasion, take a look back at his films, and talk about what made him stand apart from others.

Episode 74 April 18, 2021

Memories of food and what’s missing on our plate, with Anumitra Dastidar and Shalini Krishan

Sandip talks to the co-founder of Edible Archives, a restaurant-cum-research centre in Goa that is spearheading a new way to think about food memory and food heritage.

Episode 73 April 4, 2021

The conundrum of BJP’s meteoric rise in Bengal, with Neelanjan Sircar and Sajjan Kumar

In this episode, Sandip is joined by political analyst Sajjan Kumar and Neelajan Sircar, assistant professor of political science at Ashoka University, to talk about the West Bengal state polls 2021.

Episode 72 March 21, 2021

Anuja Chauhan on the pleasures of murder and perils of romance

Anuja Chauhan joins Sandip to talk about the new novel, the politics of Delhi (and Bangalore) clubs, the perils of writing romance in the time of ‘love-jihad’, and more.

Episode 71 March 7, 2021

What’s next for Bihar after Lalu and Nitish? – with Santosh Singh

Sandip talks to Indian Express' Associate Editor Santosh Singh about what Bihar politics will look like after Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad's lasting impact on the state, and his latest book – JP to BJP: Bihar...

Episode 70 February 21, 2021

Stephen Alter on what Uttarakhand tells us about fragility of Himalaya

Author Stephen Alter on what the history of Himalaya can tell us about the present, lessons we can learn from past disasters, and his latest book ‘Wild Himalaya’.

Episode 69 February 7, 2021

Dr Gagandeep Kang on the mystery of India’s declining COVID numbers

While the SARS- COV 2 virus surges around the world and mutates, India's number of COVID-19 deaths went below 100 for the first time since May. So, what's with the COVID-19 mystery in India?

Episode 68 January 24, 2021

Harsh Mander on how India’s Covid strategy forgot its most vulnerable

Social activist and Director of the Centre of Equity Studies Harsh Mander talks about his latest book 'Locking Down the Poor: The Pandemic and India’s Moral Centre' (published by Speaking Tiger). 

Episode 67 January 10, 2021

The A to Z of ghosts and monsters of India, with Rakesh Khanna

Rakesh Khanna, the founder of Blaft Publications, talks about his new book which is an encyclopedia of ‘Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India’.

Episode 66 December 27, 2020

Why the BJP keeps winning, with Vinay Sitapati

Political scientist Dr Vinay Sitapati talks to Sandip about this latest book, Jugalbandi: The BJP before Modi.

Episode 65 December 13, 2020

Dr Shashi Tharoor on the gap between nationalism and patriotism in India

Dr Shashi Tharoor on who does nationalism really mean in the Indian context, and how it is different from patriotism.

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Episode 64 November 29, 2020

Why India’s better placed to do a huge vaccine roll-out than most other countries, according to Dr Giridhar R Babu

Sandip speaks with epidemiologist Dr Giridhar R Babu about the great vaccine race, and whether millions of COVID-19 infections are being undercounted.

Episode 63 November 15, 2020

The fascinating career of the actor and fitness icon, Mandira Bedi

Sandip talks to Mandira about her career, how she has reinvented herself over the years, and her memoir, Happy For No Reason.

Episode 62 November 1, 2020

Why life won’t go back to normal even after a COVID-19 vaccine, with Dr Gagandeep Kang

Sandip talks to Dr Gagandeep Kang about what we’re really looking for in a COVID-19 vaccine, and clears up some burning coronavirus concerns.

Episode 61 October 18, 2020

The untold story of the unraveling of Parveen Babi’s mind, with Karishma Upadhyay

Sandip talks to author Karishma Upadhyay about her new book on Parveen Babi, the glamorous star whose life was turned upside down by her mental health struggles, and discusses how far we've come, or not...

Episode 60 October 4, 2020

Romila Thapar on dissent in India from Vedic Brahmanism to Shaheen Bagh

Historian Romila Thapar on the history of dissent in India – from Vedic Brahmanism to Shaheen Bagh.

Episode 59 September 20, 2020

SSR case and why India’s drug laws are out of date, with Ronny Sen

Award winning photographer and filmmaker, Ronny Sen on the questions we should be asking about drug addiction and the issues that India's drug laws fail to address.

Episode 58 September 6, 2020

Apurva Asrani on whether Bollywood has changed 2 years after the 377 verdict

National Award winning film editor and writer Apurva Asrani on why he has been overwhelmed by the changes he has seen in Bollywood since the Section 377 verdict was announced two years back.

Episode 57 August 23, 2020

Comic books as art, protests and propaganda, with Paul Gravett

Sandip speaks to Paul Gravett, the world's foremost comic book authorities, about the unique power of comic books to absorb and reflect cultures.