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





“He represented his community with integrity, respect, and pride. And he was respected by all.”

– Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, Texas, on Sandeep Dhaliwal, one of the first sheriff’s deputies in the country to wear a turban, who was fatally shot on Sept. 27 while conducting a traffic stop in the Houston area. (Washington Post).  







“You take these decisions sometimes out of excitement for what your life could be. Then you arrive and realize it’s much different on the ground.”

Bhagchand Bheel, a Pakistani Hindu who moved to India in 2014 to escape discrimination from Muslims, only to find himself facing discrimination from higher caste Hindus. (New York Times)









“We are committed to ensuring that Indian people have access to the finest goods in the world, products stamped with Made in USA.”

– President Donald Trump, addressing about 50,000 Indian-Americans at “Howdy Modi,” an event to welcome Prime Minister Modi to Houston.









“If society thinks that wearing ankle bells, heavy stage makeup, and portraying female characters is feminine, then the act of male dancers making a conscious effort to ignore that nonsense and follow their passion should be appreciated and respected.”

Jeeno Joseph, 25, a New York-based Bharatanatyam dancer, whose love for the Indian classical dance helped him overcome gender stereotypes that deter some male dancers. (Huffington Post)








“It’s really hard to explain to a 6-year-old why he can’t go back home.”

– Engineer Saurav Mazumdar, who went to India with his wife and two U.S.-born children hoping to renew his H-1B visa, but more than six weeks later the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi has not given him the passport stamp he needs to return to America, nor given him a reason for the delay. (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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