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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2023
QUOTA of QUOTES “I spent the entire week with all the other 39 finalists and I felt like each and every one of them were more than deserving of the award. So when I was chosen, it was totally unreal and I really felt like I was dreaming for a while.”—Neel Moudgal, 17, of Saline, Michigan, who was named the winner of the $250,000 first-place award in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search, America’s most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. (MLive.com)









“The one thing they always told my sisters and me was you can do whatever you set your mind to. They raised us to be independent free thinkers. There was never pressure to follow any one career path or do any one thing with your life or be any one way.”—Amna Nawaz, coanchor of PBS’s NewsHour, giving credit to her parents for her achievements in academics and journalism. (Washington Post Live)







“To hear the President speak about my parents, their journey to the United States, my late mother’s dreams for me, and the power of comedy to make people understand each other was almost too much to take in. It didn’t feel real!”— Actress and producer Mindy Kaling, reacting on Instagram to receiving the National Medal of Arts at the White House.








“Raghu is the living embodiment of climate change and shrinking habitats for Asian elephants. He lost his mother to an electrocution when their herd meandered into a nearby village. To me this bittersweet aspect of the story was crucial to what I wanted to say.”—Kartiki Gonsalves, director of the Oscar-winning best short documentary The Elephant Whisperers. (The Guardian)





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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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