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


“Love is the world’s oldest medicine. It is what I wish for you more than anything else in the world. Your ability to give and receive love is your greatest power. It is what will sustain you on every step of the journey ahead.”—Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, giving a commencement speech at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.









“I am deeply disappointedby the intolerance for freedom of speech and their right to civil disobedience on campus.”— Shruthi Kumar, graduating student at Harvard University, going off-script during a commencement speech to criticize the university for barring 13 students from graduating for participating in pro- Palestinian protests on campus.







“ Gender-sensitive peacekeeping is everybody’s business – not just us, women. Peace begins with all of us in our beautiful diversity!”— Major Radhika Sen, an Indian military peacekeeper serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was recently awarded the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.








“My pantry is very global, like just as much as curry leaves have a home, so does gochujang, so does Sriracha, so does soy sauce, so does cream cheese. I’ve adapted a lot of Indian dishes to include ingredients that I always have on hand.”—Food writer Khushbu Shah, whose new cookbook is titled Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora. (WBUR)





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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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