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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2021

“Things were clearer then. People were put in jails, newspapers were censored. We could resist that. But now our minds have been infiltrated. There is no need for any coercion. We have been conditioned into a false sense of normalcy. Most of us don’t know how bad things are.”—Indian documentary maker Anand Patwardhan, comparing the Emergency period under Indira Gandhi to the current Hindu nationalism under Narendra Modi. (The New York Times)






“What makes a vaccine a vaccination is the whole process of getting it to your community and into your arm. That’s not a simple process. To do this will require the most ambitious vaccination campaign that we have executed in the country’s history.”—Dr. Vivek Murthy, who served as U.S. Surgeon General under President Obama and has been tapped to return to that role under incoming President Biden, speaking about the Covid vaccination plan. (ABC’s The View)









“For this second round, I know the ropes and plan to bring more of my creativity to the table. It’s time to get goofy, be imperfect and bring my full authentic self to late night.”—Comedian Lily Singh, whose NBC late-night show A Little Late with Lilly Singh will begin its second season on Jan. 11








“Soumitra Chatterjee is an ‘idea’ which is slowly fading away amongst us. The all-encompassing persona of a Renaissance man. He had an intensely exploratory mind which wanted to enquire and explore many facets of life, which revealed through his writings, poetry, theater and of course cinema. I hope he is remembered beyond just being an internationally renowned actor.”— Filmmaker Suman Ghosh, who directed the legendary Bengali actor in several films. Chaterjee died recently from Covid complications. (Variety)






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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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