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




“I hope it encourages more young men and women to see public service as a possibility; that they don’t have to look exactly like most leaders they see on television.”

– Attorney Vini Samuel, who was elected the first female mayor of the small town of Montesano, Washington, as well as the first Indian-American female mayor in the United States. (India West)  









“It is not work for me. It is actually a passion.”

Revathi Balakrishnan, teacher at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Austin, Texas, who was named Texas Teacher of the Year. (Austin American-Statesman)











“I was polling at 1 percent, I’m now polling at 2 percent. That’s a 100 percent increase.”

– Comedian Aziz Ansari, impersonating presidential candidate Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.










“Every immigrant community wants to be seen in a good light. We want to assimilate. We want to be seen as part of the mosaic, not standing out from the mosaic. So if this aspect of ours is revealed, even though it’s based on reality, we are apprehensive about it.”

– DirectorDeepa Mehta, on community reaction to her latest movie Beeba Boys, which explores the Indo-Canadian gangster culture in Vancouver. (Toronto Star)









“The Padma Bhushan had a special place in my collection of more than 100 awards for science. Now I feel no sentimental attachment to it when the government tries to institutionalize religion and curtail freedom and scientific spirit.”

P. M. Bhargava, founder-director of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), announcing that he would return his award. (Time))








“I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs, that it’s not always about the money.”

– Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee who purchased Google.com for $12, owning it for a minute and exposing a flaw in the company’s website-buying service. Google rewarded him by donating more than $10,000 to a charity he chose, Art of Living India. (Business Insider )

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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