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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2019





“Health care is a human right, not a privilege. It is inconceivable that the richest country in the world does not guarantee health care for all.”

– Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington, introducing her “Medicare for All” bill that would provide health care coverage to all Americans.  







“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything.”

– Film director Rayka Zehtabchi, as she accepted an Academy Award for her 26-minute documentary Period. End of Sentence, a film on women in rural India making sanitary pads and fighting the stigma of menstruation.









“I want to go to the moon, along with my piano, and play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.”

– Piano prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram, a 13-year-old from Chennai who competed on CBS’s The World’s Best, revealing his ultimate goal. (Ellen DeGeneres Show)









“For a country that doesn’t want Mexicans, you sure are sending mixed signals. It’s like if I told a girl I was breaking up with her and I told her, ‘Let’s talk about it over a romantic dinner and a bath,’ she’d be like, ‘Oh, that guy wants me to move in here and give me permanent residency.”

– Indo-Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy, joking about the Spanish signs he has seen in America. (Washington Post)








“I will never, never, never get over being furiously angry that I will always be randomly selected, and that there is no status or power or rank or title or wealth that will ever make me a full person when traveling.”

– Entrepreneur and activist Anil Dash, venting on Twitter about his airport security experiences.







“I’m just happy that the truth came out. Basically, I think I got my life back.”

–  Sandeep Singh, a Ceres, California, man who was exonerated from an attempted kidnapping charge when surveillance video showed that a teenaged girl had made the story up. (Modesto Bee)

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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