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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2020





“If the poor are given assets, for example cows and goats, and basic training to start a business, over a period of time they inculcate a confidence to stand on their feet and make ends meet.”

– MIT economist Abhijit Banerjee, speaking in India at the launch of Good Economics for Hard Times, the book he co-wrote with his wife and fellow Nobel laureate Esther Duflo. (IANS)  







“I have best friends who are Muslim, who have every right to be a citizen as much as me. I couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing while this happens to people I care about.”

– Hollywood filmmaker Sreejith Nair, who was among about 150 people who protested on Dec. 21 in front of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens introduced by the Modi government in India. (India West)








“I don’t care if it is a Republican or a Democrat. We can get the guy from CVS next door, he would still be better than what we have now.”

– CNN national security analyst Asha Rangappa, on her wish for the 2020 presidential election. (India West)








“I want to help them (girls) understand that they can be successful in any field or goal they choose to pursue, whether it be STEM, performing arts, or even winning a pageant, if they have good work ethic and determination.”

Anjali Nair, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, who recently won the National American Miss Junior Teen title. (TJ Today)








“I’m a combination of a perfectionist and a snail. It’s that process of having an idea in your head, and when it’s just in your head, it has limitless potential; it could be anything.”

– British singer Kalim “Khushi” Patel, who spent 10 years creating his album Strange Seasons, which was released on January 24. (NPR)

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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