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Quota of Quotes

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2016
Quota of Quotes




“I do not know what I am going to wear or how I will walk. I am not prepared for all that. I am just happy to have been invited for a big event like this and show the world that beauty lies in the soul and not in looks.”

– Reshma Bano, a 19-year-old acid attack survivor in Mumbai, who was invited to participate in a fashion show in New York as part of a campaign to raise awareness about acid attack victims. (Daily Mail)  







“How can I remove my pagdi? It is my identity. It is my pride. … I can’t compromise with my pride.”

– BJP Member of Parliament Virendra Singh ‘Mast,’ who turned down a visa after U.S. Embassy officials allegedly asked him to remove his turban for the visa documentation. (IANS)









“India’s strengths to some extent come also from its democracy. Things can get bad in India, but not beyond a certain point, because the democratic process asserts itself. And we have a change in government.”

– Raghuram Rajan, who recently stepped down as governor of the Reserve Bank of India and returned to his longtime job as a professor at the University of Chicago’s business school. (New York Times)










“I believe in hard work, and I’m up for the challenge.”

Bardish Chagger, 36, who recently became the first woman to be appointed Leader of the Government in Canada’s House of Commons. (The Canadian Press)









“I have faced every kind of bias because I am a woman and brown. But once people know you are talented, you surpass every misrepresentation.”

– Chef Aarthi Sampath, who won the top prize of $10,000 on the Food Network’s competitive show Chopped. (Indian Express)









“All Islamaphobes should be forced to try Pakistani food. Then we can talk.”

– Tweet from Pakistani-American stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

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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