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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2016




“Unless you are from the Cherokee nation, your ancestors are immigrants, so you may be an umpteenth generation immigrant, but there you are, squatting on someone else’s land.”

– Model and TV host Padma Lakshmi, explaining why she doesn’t support Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric. (Variety.com)  







“After months of waiting, I’m ecstatic that I can finally serve both God and country.”

– Private Arjan Singh Ghotra, 17, one of three Sikh enlistees in the National Guard or Reserve units who were allowed to wear turbans and keep their beards and hair uncut when they reported to Army basic training last month.









“We as parents are worried about society, our friends, and our family, and what they are going to think of us but we never think what the child has gone through. We realized it was much more painful for the child.”

–  Sushma Agarwal of Oakville, Ontario, who was initially stunned when her younger son, Rishi, came out of the closet in 2004. She and her husband, Vijay, have since organized a Hindu wedding for Rishi and his husband and also run a new chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) that’s aimed at the South Asian community. (CBC)







“There is an inherent selfishness among our class that don’t want to see these people rise. Where will their maids come from otherwise?”

– Retired teacher Vimla Kaul, 81, founder of a school for underprivileged children, on the opposition she faced from residents of a housing colony in Delhi when she tried to open her school there. (BBC News)








“Ultimately, what we need in order to be happy is at some level pretty simple. It requires doing something that you find meaningful, that you can kind of get lost in on a daily basis.”

Raj Raghunathan, marketing professor at University of Texas and author of the book If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? (The Atlantic)






“At my marriage 25 years ago, many guests considered me an embarrassment as I wore more gold than the bride.”

– Maharashtra businessman-politician Pankaj Parakh, who earned a place in the Guinness World Records as the owner of the most expensive gold shirt, valued at about $161,000. (IANS)

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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