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





“Everyone doesn’t have to agree with my dad or like him, but I do ask you to be decent and respectful. If you can’t do those two things, be mindful. We only said goodbye to him almost 7 months ago.”

– Tweet from Bridget McCain, the Bangladeshi-American daughter of the late U.S. Senator John McCain, responding to President Trump’s invective against her father.  






“When you’re sitting halfway around the world and your children are stranded at an airport because they got kicked off a plane because of a food allergy, it’s a punch in the gut.”

Rakesh Patel of Atlanta, whose two sons were briefly stranded in Seoul, Korea, after Korean Air refused to accommodate the older boy’s peanut allergy and kicked them off a flight. (Good Morning America)









“I am always open about my life because I have seen several people in my journey who are doing a lot in front but are suffering behind. I feel if you are an inspiration for someone, then you should come out and talk about these things.”

– Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor whose life is portrayed in the upcoming Bollywood film Chhapaak. (IANS)









“Patriotism is something that you must feel in your heart, and you project it in a certain sensitive, credible, sensible, and responsible way in your storytelling. Jingoism is when you wear that on your sleeve.”

– Bollywood actor John Abraham, whose latest film Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) is a spy thriller set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. (IANS)








“We learn from each other. We talk about ideas all the time. We don’t see everything the same, so we have great discussions.”

Sirina Prasad, senior at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, who shares a rare honor with her twin sister, Anisa: they’ve been selected as valedictorian and salutatorian of the school’s 2019 graduating class respectively. (Patch.com)







“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true.”

– YouTube star Lilly Singh, announcing her 30-minute show A Little Late with Lilly Singh, which debuts this fall on NBC at 1:35 a.m.


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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