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




“I am not going to say, ‘Let’s go out there and just earn six figures. I am going to say, ‘Let’s go out there and fix six of the world’s biggest problems.’”

–  Angad Singh Padda, 23, giving a graduation speech at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The Punjab native graduated with summa cum laude honors and was hired by JP Morgan as an investment broker.  









“The size of the majority shows that the people have chosen hope over fear and progress over stagnation.”

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Britain’s first turban-wearing MP, who won 34,170 votes for the Labour Party in the town of Slough, England, more than twice as many as his closest rival. (PTI)










“Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favorite female cricketer is?”

– Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj, responding to a reporter’s question about her favorite male cricketer. (Rediff.com)










“You serve at the pleasure of the president; you don’t serve the president; you serve the public, your oath, and the Constitution.”

Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney in New York, on why it was wrong for President Trump to expect loyalty from him. Trump fired Bharara on March 11. (The Daily Show)








“There is such little representation out there for South Asians, and especially Tamils and queer South Asians, in the Anglophone literary landscape. I wanted to write myself into existence, if you will. I wanted to reach back in time and tell the young me, ‘You’re not alone.’”

– Writer S. J. Sindu, whose debut novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies is narrated by a queer Sri Lankan Tamil woman living in the metro Boston area. (The Aerogram)







“Like all good Bollywood films, we have to learn to share the music and realize that we’re all in this dance together.”

– JJ Kapur, a high school student from West Des Moines, Iowa, offering a message of unity in a speech that won him the original oratory championship at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.

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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