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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2020

How much do you know about current events in India and the U.S.? Try this short quiz!

1. India’s Home Minister Amit Shah told Parliament that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chooses to rest and take baths at airport terminals, instead of luxury hotels, during technical stops while traveling abroad on official business.

2. The Odisha government withdrew a brochure, circulated to schools to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which said he died due to an “accidental sequence of events” on January 30, 1948.

3. Issuing an apology for the Gandhi brochure, the Odisha government said that the error occurred due to an “accidental sequence of events.”

4. Pranjal Srivastava, 15, the youngest person from India to win a gold medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad, told the Indian Express that he considers math a ‘fun activity’ and practices complex math problems in his free time.

5. In a front-page headline about the appointment of Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, as CEO of parent company Alphabet, the Wall Street Journal misspelled his name as “Pinchai.”



(1, 2, 4, and 5 really happened.)



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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