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


“What’s really important is to not take our communities for granted, not think of them as simply turn-out voters who will show up and vote, as they’ve always done.”—Chintan Patel, executive director of the voter engagement organization Indian American Impact, on the growing influence of Indian-American voters. In the 2020 Census, 4.4 million people identified as “Indian-alone,” surpassing the “Chinese-alone” population for the first time. (NBC News)









“We bring some of the brightest minds from India. There’s a reason why they keep trying to cap the visas, because they know we’re so good, they just have to put a limit otherwise we could take up all the jobs.”—Harbir K Bhatia, CEO of the Silicon Valley CentralChamber of Commerce in Santa Clara, California.







“The old joke was you could not become a CEO in the US if you were Indian, now the joke is you cannot become a CEO in America if you are not Indian, whether it is Google, Microsoft or Starbucks, people have come and made a big difference.”— U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, speaking at the 2024 Indiaspora AI Summit at Stanford University.








“All of us wake up every day and look at the sky. For once, I want to go up there and see the Earth with my naked eyes. Flying is my passion and going to space is the ultimate dream.”—Gopi Thotakura, pilot and founder of Preserve Life Corp in Atlanta, who was selected for the sixmember crew of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard’s 25th mission and became the first Indian space tourist on May 19, 2024. (The Indian Express)





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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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