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





“India should not lose its secular democracy. That is what separates it from other countries.”



– Congressman Ami Bera, of California, on India’s controversial new Citizenship Amendment Act, which offers citizenship to immigrants fleeing persecution from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, unless they are Muslim. (India West)  






“The meaning of a ‘student’ is not only about reading a history book and learning what Hitler did. A student is one who understands things and finds similarities in our country.”

Aishe Ghosh, president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, who became the face of India’s student protest movement after she was recently beaten up by a gang of Hindu nationalists. (Times of India)









“We miss them dearly and their memories are going to stay fresh in our hearts and minds for the times to come.”

– Vick Singh, remembering his uncle and aunt, Pratap “Paul” and Mayuari “Mary” Singh, a couple from metro Atlanta who died from burns suffered in the volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island on Dec. 9, 2019. Mary, 42, died on Dec. 22 and Paul, 49, on Jan. 28 at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, leaving behind twin 6-yearold daughters and an 11-year-old son.








“What a stunning endorsement of the managerial capabilities of Indian-origin managers. Satya, Sundar, Shantanu, & Arvind running four US tech giants. This places a responsibility on Indian managers to demonstrate that they can take Indian companies to the top as well.”

– Tweet from Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, responding to the appointment of Arvind Krishna as CEO of IBM, joining Sundar Pichai (Alphabet), Satya Nadella (Microsoft) and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe) as CEOs of major tech companies.







“People care too much about looks. If I have any spare time, I want to work on my books.”

Usha Prabakaran, 64, author of the pickle recipe book “Usha’s Pickle Digest,” explaining why she didn’t have reconstructive surgery to correct a dimple on her forehead where a tumor was removed. (New York Times)





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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