Sandip Roy

A legendary South Asian dish has suddenly found itself in the midst of a war in India. Made up of layers of meat and rice and cooked with fragrant spices, the dish is the much-loved biryani. And the latest battlefield is in the northern Indian state of Haryana. The police there have been collecting biryani samples from households and shops in Muslim districts like Mewat, to check if the meat in the biryani is beef – the consumption of which is anathema to many Hindus. It's the most recent...

For Valentine's Day, Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy shares a family love story from 70 years ago. I always knew that my mother's aunt Debika was the most beautiful of all the great-aunts. I didn't know that when she was young, she jumped off a moving train for love. She is now 90. Bent with age, she shuffles with a walker. But she's still radiant, her hair perfectly dyed. It sounds like a typical Bollywood story. Boy meets girl in pre-independence India. They fall in love. Her family...

When I went to see The Avengers 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 The Avengers before you do. Turns out I was a week off. The Avengers actually released in 39 countries around the world, including India, a week before it opens in America. Once, we waited patiently in India for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big...