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

“This is a decision made after many weeks of soul searching and many sleepless nights. This is a very difficult decision for us, and one we feel is necessary in this time of need.”Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja of McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, on the decision that he and his brother, both physicians and devout Sikhs, had to make, shaving their beards to ensure that their N95 masks fit tightly over their faces, allowing them to continue treating Covid-19 patients. (CNN)







“Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. Instead, be eager to participate in conversations that may make you uncomfortable and commit to learn more.”—Tweet from former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, expressing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.






We can rebuild a building, but we cannot rebuild a human.”—Ruhel Islam, 42, the Bangladeshi-American owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in Minneapolis, which was damaged by fire during the protests following the killing of George Floyd. (New York Times)






When you became an American citizen, you don’t just get to own the country’s excellence. You have to own its failures. That is the deal.”Hasan Minhaj, host of Netflix’s “Patriot Act,” urging Asian-Americans to actively combat racism.







“I knew all the words in the bee. I just didn’t want to be overconfident, because you never know what can happen in a spelling bee because no one knows the dictionary completely.”—Navneeth Murali, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Edison, New Jersey, who won the SpellPundit Online National Spelling Bee, which was organized after the Scripps National Spelling Bee was cancelled. (Associated Press)




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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