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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2015




“When we implement capital punishment, we are actually acting like them. They are the murderers and the state should not act like them.”

–Congress MP Shashi Taroor, voicing his opposition to the death penalty following the hanging of Yakub Memon, convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings. (DNA)  








“It’s very gratifying. We are such a small community that even if there is just one extra Parsi baby, I think it’s a good thing.”

Dr. Anahita Pandole, a Mumbai gynecologist who is helping members of her community conceive children through a government program that subsidizes fertility treatment. The Indian government is spending $1.5 million to encourage Parsis to have more children. (BBC)










“It has restored my faith in humanity. And I guess the response has been because it’s about what we ad guys call ‘real work.’ It is a real campaign, the damage is real, these people really care.”

–Chennai activist and ad creator Sofia Ashraf, whose rap parody “Kodaikanal Won’t,” which excoriates Unilever for mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, went viral on YouTube. (The Hindu)









“In order for the Republican Party to survive, we need women, moms, and first-generation Americans. I am the face of the Republican Party. We need strong people like me."

Mary Thomas, 37, a Tallahassee, Florida, attorney who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, hoping to become the first Indian- American woman to serve in Congress. (India West)









“My journey has been wonderfully long! And I am today amazed that I am still around, relevant and visible, which I never even imagined 25 years ago. I just had no clue that I would be around for so long!”

–Actress Juhi Chawla, 47, who made her film debut in 1986. (IANS)










“Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz walk into a bar. Everyone else leaves.”

–Tweet from comedian Aparna Nancherla (@ aparnapkin).




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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