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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2017




“I get very surprised that people get into the IITs and immediately they are thinking about IIMs and so on. It is so important to get real world experience and be well-rounded.”

– Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking to students at his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur. (IANS)  









“Only in America can a guy make tacos on Fox TV, almost lose an eye, and win $25,000 to support refugees. We are so fortunate as Americans to live in a country as prosperous as ours.”

– Tweet from actor Kal Penn, who won the donation for charity on “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown.”









“I have no regrets at all. I have done quite well for myself. I didn’t have a conventional face, but I have done well, and I am proud of it.”

– Tweet from Om Puri on Dec. 20, less than three weeks before the acclaimed actor, who appeared in numerous Bollywood, Hollywood, and British movies, died of a heart attack in Mumbai.









“I’m still disappointed. If they’re saying now that the policy is half an inch and I’m walking around in police headquarters with the top brass, walking around with a beard that’s 1 1/2 to 2 inches, where does that leave me? Am I going to be suspended again? Am I going to be walked out of the building again?”

Masood Syed, a Pakistani-American law clerk in the New York Police Department, objecting to a policy change that allows officers to wear turbans, but limits their beard lengths to half an inch. A Sunni Muslim, he sued the department last year after being suspended for having a one-inch beard. (CNN)






“I believe, in these times when nationalism is rising in much of the world, it’s important to display ethnic cultures in a friendly and non-abrasive way, so people can understand and enjoy ‘the other’ and see there’s nothing to be alarmed about. Maybe some viewers will find that ‘the other’ isn’t that much different than themselves.”

– Actor Omi Vaidya, who stars in the Netflix series Brown Nation, playing the role of Balan, a Tamil-Brahmin office manager. (Quartz India)





“I know we’re living in a strange time, and a lot of people seem to be losing faith in this country and the people in it, and I think it’s bulls–t, man, because we can’t let the activities and ideas and thoughts of this one bozo define us as a country.”

– Comedian Aziz Ansari, offering his views on the changing political landscape as he accepted an award for his Netflix show Master of None at the Smithsonian’s 2016 American Ingenuity Awards ceremony. (Washington Post)

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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