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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2021

“Nothing can express an idea as effectively as a judicious use of words.”—Dhroov Bharatia, 12, of Plano, Texas, whose passion for language helped make him a finalist at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. (New York Times)






“The plight of the African-American community versus the Indian-American community is not the same, but I can sympathize with what other minorities are faced with.”—Michael Kuruvilla, the first person of color to become police chief in Brookfield, a suburb of Chicago. (Riverside-Brookfield Landmark)







“You are the real heroes who have risked your lives and have been out to assist others.”—Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the U.S., speaking at the 39th annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Atlanta. (Times of India)









“Understated Indian dad reaction.”—Tweet from BuzzFeed News reporter Megha Rajagopalan after she won the most prestigious prize in American journalism and received this message from her father: “Congratulations Megha. Mom just forwarded me. Pulitzer Prize. Well done.”







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

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