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




“I’m most excited about sharing this incredible moment with so many family members and friends from all the different parts of my life. I’m so honored they all showed up. After this many years, I think most people had given up on me ever tying the knot.”

– Actor Aasif Mandvi, 51, who married Shaifali Puri on Aug. 27 in a Hindu-Muslim ceremony at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. (People)  








“I really find him to be a plague on the very basic human decency that America was based on. I don’t think he has any ideology except the ideology of Donald Trump and that’s a very dangerous thing.”

– TV host and author Padma Lakshmi, speaking at the 8th Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Bhutan. (PTI)









“I know I’m on the right side of history here. That’s how I sleep at night.”

– Ravin Gandhi, founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, who received bigoted tweets, emails, and voicemail after writing an op-ed in which he renounced support for President Trump’s economic agenda in the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests. (Chicago Tribune)









“I didn’t know, when I moved to Fayetteville eleven years ago, whether Arkansas would have me, nor what I would have to offer this place. To be awarded the Porter Prize feels like a response to those questions. I am profoundly honored."

– Arkansas novelist and playwright Padma Viswanathan, associate professor of fiction at the University of Arkansas, who was awarded the 2017 Porter Fund Literary Prize.








“You know growing up as a brownskinned, turbaned, bearded man that I’ve faced things like this before. There’s going to be other obstacles that we’re going to face and we’re going to face them with what? With love and courage.”

– Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, candidate for the leadership of the New Democratic Party, who was praised for his calm response to a heckler in his face at a campaign event in Brampton, Ontario.







“They want us to be intimidated. I hope that a thousand Gauri Lankeshes will be born and will rise among us.”

—Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, former editor of the academic journal Economic and Political Weekly, on the killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh, a critic of rising Hindu-nationalist militancy. (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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