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Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2024

“If we look at income inequality, if we look at the racial wealth gap, we have so much evidence that there are systemic barriers to access this dream, but because they are both children of immigrants and people of color, they are used, and they use themselves, to perpetuate this idea that racial inequality is a thing of the past.”— Prachi Gupta, author of the memoir They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies that Raised Us, on presidential candidates Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy. (Literary Hub)









“What energizes and motivates me is the spirit of service. I strongly believe we all have a responsibility to give back, and I am blessed to do so in a town that reflects America’s diversity.”— Neena Singh, the first Sikh and Indian American woman to be sworn in as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. (IANS)







“I’m an engineer. The way I make decisions professionally, and the way I make decisions personally—this probably drives my partner crazy—is based on information, based on data, based on objective reasoning. How is this policy going to work? That is the way I approach everything.”—  Saura Jost, a newly elected member of the first allwoman city council in St. Paul, Minnesota. (MinnPost)








“Working long hours, being responsive, blending work and life, is not anything to shy away from. There is not a lot of history of laziness being rewarded with success.”—Niraj Shah, CEO of online furniture firm Wayfair, in a memo urging employees to work longer hours. (USA Today)





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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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