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

We’re a country and a culture that likes to sweep things under the rug. We don’t like paying attention to the ugly parts of ourselves, but this show kind of makes you do that.”—Actress Bani J, who plays Umang, a bisexual gym trainer, in the popular Mumbai-based Amazon Prime Video series “Four More Shots Please!” (New York Times)









“Whatever you do, there will always be some haters out there. That’s life. Nothing you do can please every person out there. If we truly did create a show that pleases every person, it would just be fluff and would not be able to dive deep into anything.”Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, 18, star of the Mindy Kaling-produced Netflix show “Never Have I Ever.” (Firstpost)





“Priya will be remembered as a caring and selfless person who put others first. And even while in the hospital, fighting her own battle, she continued to check up on her mom and dad and her family.”—New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, paying tribute to Dr. Priya Khanna, 43, who died from Covid-19 on April 13, eight days before her father, Dr. Satyender Dev Khanna, 78, also succumbed to the virus. Priya’s mother and two sisters are also physicians.




“I did it for my mental health, because I would have gone mad if I didn’t have an audience to perform for.”—New Delhi magician Karan Singh, who has performed more than 4,000 free magic shows online for people around the world during the coronavirus pandemic. (New York Times)






“When I’d bring it up, people would sort of laugh because it seemed like an interesting idea, but also a bit odd.”Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, professor at Stanford University in California, who heads a team that developed a smart toilet, which tests stool and urine for signs of cancer and other diseases. (IANS)




Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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