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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2014




“Mostly, the aunties are either puzzled or flattered. Some so flattered that they have given me a hug after! Aunties are not used to being told that their style is appreciated or that they are the centre of attention.”

–Toronto-based photographer Meera Sethi, who has taken photos of South Asian aunties for a Tumblr page called Upping the Aunty (http://uppingtheaunty.tumblr.com), which challenges the perceptions of aunties. (Scroll.in)  







“You really have to believe in what you’re doing, and that is genuinely the only way hate comments don’t bother you.”

–Indo-Canadian entertainer Lilly Singh, a.k.a. Superwoman, whose YouTube videos have drawn more than 250 million combined views. (CBC.ca)











“He is the new Reagan. We need someone like Modi here in the U.S.”

– Shalabh Kumar,a tech CEO who chairs the Indian-American Advisory Council to the House Republican Conference and the National Indian-American Public Policy Institution. (Forbes.com)










“We’re tired of being targeted again and again by bigots, but Sikh Americans are not afraid and are not going to let a small group of narrow-minded individuals get us down.”

Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, responding to two separate attacks on Sikhs in New York City within a week. (PTI)









“We have the unique opportunity to look at a disease that we don’t usually see here.”

Dr. Aneesh Mehta, a physician at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, on the hospital’s admission of two Americans who were infected with Ebola in West Africa. (Time)









“They’ve come to this country on their own money, they’ve paid for their own education, and now we tell them to take their great master’s and Ph.D.-level education and go back to benefit their own country?”

—Washington, D.C.-based immigration attorney Prakash Khatri, on the need to increase the number of H1-B visas reserved for foreigners who’ve earned advanced degrees in the US. (The American Bazaar)


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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