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





“His talent for conciliation and comradeship, transcending ideologies and political loyalties, will be sorely missed in our increasingly polarized politics.”

– Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP, remembering Arun Jaitley, former finance minister in the BJP government, who passed away on August 24. (Outlook)








“Yes. We love Apu. We’re proud of Apu.”

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, responding to a young fan on whether the character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, considered by many to be demeaning to Indian-Americans, will return for the show’s 31st season. (Variety)









“I loved my two years in D.C. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but my first love is acting and making people laugh.”

– Actor Kal Penn, a former staffer in the Obama Administration, who portrays a former New York City councilman on the sitcom Sunnyside, which premiered on Sept. 26 on NBC. (EOnline.com)









“By making this film, I think it shows young people what we went through and hopefully will educate—as well as entertain—people, to take a stand.”

Gurinder Chadha, director of Blinded by the Light, on the movie’s depiction of racial tension in Britain in the late 1980s. (The Scotsman)









“Filmmaking is about faith. You’ve got to put faith in the director, you got to put faith in the craft. You got to put faith in other people, and then hope that they don’t let you down.”

– Writer Sarfraz Manzoor, whose memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, and Rock N’ Roll was the basis for the movie Blinded by the Light. (Deadline)



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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