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

No one ever thought we’d come this far. We went 12 rounds with the establishment, folks, but we came up short.”—Dr. Manny Sethi, 42, giving his concession speech after gaining almost 40 percent of the vote in a primary election for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Tennessee.








We need leaders who are committed to the greater good of our community. Not committed to their donors or corporations.”Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room doctor and cancer researcher who won the Democratic nomination for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District and will challenge David Schweikert, a five-term incumbent, this November. (ABC15)









“I have been called a carpet bagger. There are comments about not belonging, not being native, which is extremely difficult to hear when you are born here and this is your home.”Sri Preston Kulkarni, 41, the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 22nd congressional
seat. (India West)








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“The only thing unusual was that we were the only people of color in this expensive resort area. This was plain and simply an attempt by someone nearby to send a message to us that we did not belong there, and the police were more than willing to deliver the message.”— Washington, D.C., attorney Paul Joseph, who had to show police a proof of rental while vacationing recently with his extended family in a $7,000-per-week home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Cape Gazette)







“I’m excited for the future of the students there and I hope it opens up their eyes to even greater possibilities than what was obvious from when I was there.”—Astronaut Sunita Williams, whose hometown of Needham, Massachusetts, is naming a new elementary school in her honor. (NBC News)









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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