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

“It’s amazing. Indians . . . of descent . . . Americans are taking over this country. You, my vice president, my speechwriter Vinay (Reddy). But I tell you what, thanks. You guys are incredible.”—President Joe Biden, speaking during a virtual meeting to congratulate aerospace engineer Swati Mohan and others on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team that landed the rover Perseverance on Mars.





“To be able to call ‘touchdown’ safely, to see those first images come back from Mars, to see the place where we have never been able to go to on Mars before and go there – reach there for the express purpose of seeking out new life just made it feel like I was living in a dream.”—Swati Mohan, Guidance and Operations Lead on the NASA Mars 2020 operation, speaking to Biden during the virtual meeting.









“Children aren’t the only things that make a woman a woman—sometimes it’s her ambition, her relentlessness.”—Policewoman Rekha Mishra, 35, who doesn’t have children of her own, but has helped save more than 950 runaway and trafficked children through her job with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Mumbai. (Humans of Bombay, Facebook)








“I wish I could take it back . . . I can’t.”—Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for Associate Attorney-General, expressing regret at her confirmation hearing for some of her tweets, including one in which she referred to the Republican National Convention as “three nights of racism.”







“I am actually at the hospital, about to have my baby—but I didn’t want to miss the meeting.”—Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel, councilwoman in Carlsbad, California, attending a city council meeting virtually from her hospital bed as she prepared to give birth to her first child. (NBC 7 San Diego)








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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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