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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2023

“It’s given me a really clear understanding of the difficult parts of the jobs . . . I’m very realistic about what all of that involves, and what I also see, and what drives her and drives me, is how meaningful and worthwhile it is to be able to stand up for your values.”—Former county commissioner Susheela Jayapal, 61, a candidate for Congress from Oregon, on having a sister, Pramila, who has served in Congress since 2017. (The Oregonian)









“There is a demarcation between an artist and their personality, but the greatest glimpses of artistry happen when the lines between the two are blurred. Every great song is about a real person who broke their heart in a moment of truth, isn’t it?”—Comedian Vir Das, whose comedy special “Landing” is streaming on Netflix. (IANS)







“What I had thought was that at least the court would make its stand clear, say that it is not in a position to make or change law but they would certainly direct the government to do it. So it feels a bit shocking to not have even got that much.”—Uday Raj Anand, who along with his partner of 17 years, Parth Mehrotra, had joined three other gay couples in petitioning the Supreme Court of India to legalize same-sex marriage, which it recently declined to do. (Reuters)








“It’s a severe underestimation and underplaying of his privileged background.”—Devesh Kapur, professor of South Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the book The Other One Percent: Indians in America, on presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s claim that he built his fortune in one generation as a child of immigrants who came to America with no money. His father was an engineer, his mother a doctor. (The New York Times)





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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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