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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2019





“Fifty percent of the patients I operate on throughout the year are nonsmokers. This kind of demographic change is shocking.”

–  Dr. Arvind Kumar, chest surgeon in New Delhi, on the health effects of air pollution in the city. (New York Times)










“Science has once again come to the rescue of the common man, and millions of jobs have been saved.”

– India’s health minister Harsh Vardhan, unveiling a line of “green” firecrackers that are expected to reduce emissions by 30 percent. (New York Times)










“This victory is not mine alone. It belongs to all of you who believed that we needed to make progressive change here in Virginia, for all of you who felt that you haven’t had a voice and believed in me to be yours in the General Assembly.”

– Tweet from Ghazala Hashmi, celebrating an election win that will make her the first Muslim woman to serve as a state senator in Virginia. The Hyderabad-born educator and academic administrator earned a PhD in English at Atlanta’s Emory University.








“Harassing critical writers and journalists not just in India but globally is a disturbing new low for Modi’s government that’s already put Indian democracy on its heels.”

Karin Deutsch Karlekar,, director of Free Expression at Risk Programs at PEN America, responding to the Indian government’s decision to revoke the OCI card of Aatish Taseer in an apparent retaliation for a Time magazine article critical of the government.







“When I got the call (from ESPN), it felt like my entire journey in life was this attempt to climb Mount Everest and here I was standing at the top looking around. And after savoring that, my goal was to challenge myself to get better so I wouldn’t fall from the top.”

Kevin Negandhi, host of SportsCenter and other programs on ESPN. (






Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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