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

“Women with stories like mine, they matter. Women who look like me matter. And representation does, in fact, matter, especially when we have a school district that represents 90 percent students of color.”—Jilly Gokalgandhi, who recently won a seat on the Milwaukee School Board. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)





“I don’t want us to over-police our communities. As a man of color, the son of immigrants who is married to a black woman, and father to bi-racial children, these issues hit home for me.”—Nishant Joshi, who was sworn in June 7 as the new police chief of Alameda, California. (India West)







“On the tennis court, no one really says my name right. And I do think that contributes to a lack of self-confidence on the court. I’ve never corrected anybody on the tennis court, and I don’t know why it is.”—Kriti Sarav, 16, a tennis-playing student at University of Chicago Laboratory School, speaking during a podcast about her struggle to embrace her Indian-American identity. The podcast, entitled “My Very Own Bully,” won the high school grand prize in this year’s NPR Student Podcast Challenge. (NPR)







“I thought I will come down to see what help I could offer, maybe arrange some doctors at the site and leave. But when I saw the condition of the elderly farmers, my heart just wouldn’t allow me to leave.”— Dr. Swaiman Singh, a cardiologist from New Jersey, whose five-day visit to provide medical assistance to farmers protesting outside New Delhi has been extended indefinitely. (Al Jazeera)







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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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