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Compiled & partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled & partly written by MELVIN DURAI
January 2012
QUOTA OF QUOTES “In such an insanely competitive market, to carve a niche with such modest talent is indeed fantastic, and I mean it as a compliment.”
–  Theater director and filmmaker Feroz Abbas Khan, on Freida Pinto’s remarkable success in Hollywood. (BiggerIndia.com) 










“Sadly, what most of the world knows today as Indian food is bastardized, trivialized — tandoori chicken, black dal, everything deep-fried. And it’s just a shame that many Americans will only experience it in some buffet line in New Jersey.”
–  Rahul Akerkar, a Mumbai chef and restaurant owner. (Wall Street Journal







“I did not want to create a chain ... but then I got greedy.”
–  Riyaaz Amlani, 36, joking about his 19 Mocha coffee shops in India. He opened the first one in South Bombay a decade ago and also owns eight other food and drink outlets. (Economic Times










“It was only after joining the monastery that I began to understand the prison of Wall Street. I didn’t hate those people but I began to understand what drives them and how much shallowness and suffering is there inside.”
–  Rasanath Das, who gave up his job as a New York investment banker to become a Hindu monk. He recently offered meditation sessions to Occupy Wall Street protesters. (Reuters) 








“I remember when cars were for rich people. Today, everyone in India wants to have a car: the city people, farmers, everyone.”
–  Dharmendra Srivastava, 32, one of seven salesmen at the Bright4Wheel car dealership in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. (AP) 









“Who says oldies can’t romance? Who says they can’t have live-in relationships?”

–  Natubhai Patel, 62, who organized a ‘Live-in Relationship Sammelan’ for about 500 senior citizens in Ahmedabad. (Outlook India


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

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips and more.]

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