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

“These are your classic swing voters. These immigrants did not grow up in a Democratic household or Republican household. You have a lot more persuadability.”—Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of AAPI Data, commenting on the voting patterns of Asian Americans. (The New York Times)





“It’s important to stay active. Your body might grow old, but keep your mind sharp.”—Chandro Tomar, 89, an Uttar Pradesh woman believed to be the oldest professional sharpshooter in the world. (NY Times)









“I just really admire Mindy’s own arc. I’ve admired her since I saw the Diwali episode of The Office. I did not know you can do that as a brown comedian and take up space and be snarky and irreverent in this mainstream sitcom.”—Atlanta-based author Sanjena Sathian, whose debut novel Gold Diggers, set mostly in a fictional Atlanta suburb, is being adapted for TV by Mindy Kaling’s production company. (NBC News)







“For discovering my acting skill and for encouraging me, my friend Raj Bahadur.”—Part of a Twitter message from Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, the newest recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in the field of cinema, thanking the bus driver who informed him of acting auditions during his days as a bus conductor in the 1970s. (IANS)







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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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