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





“When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.”—Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, paying tribute to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, during her victory speech.










“Crying and holding my daughter, “look baby, she looks like us.”—Tweet from actress Mindy Kaling upon hearing that Kamala Harris had been elected vice president.









“On a personal note, delighted to have a US V-P who enjoys idlis and makes dosas!”—Tweet from Shashi Tharoor, MP for Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.












“Somebody who has had a life experience as a woman of color will be having a seat at the table. We are no longer bringing up a folding chair.”—Kesha Ram, who became the first woman of color elected to the Vermont Senate. (WCAX.com)









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“Senator Perdue’s intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris’s name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight from President Trump’s handbook.”—Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams, responding to the Georgia senator’s reference to Harris at a rally as “Kah-mah-la or Kah-ma-la or Kamala- mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever.”





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“The only thing I like to write about is positive things because my parents always ask me to stay positive and not to give up.”—Seven-year-old Abhijita Gupta, who recently released her first book “Happiness All Around” and was recognized by the India Book of Records as the youngest author to write both prose and poetry. (New Indian Express)





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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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