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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2021
QUOTA of QUOTES “What one has watched, silently, is the diminishing of a community known for its excellence. There have not been as many leaders. And when there have been leaders, there’s been no next generation.”— Industrialist Ratan Tata, 83, a lifelong bachelor, on the declining Parsi population in India. (The New York Times)





“I always dreamt of being a mom and just because I didn’t have a partner, I didn’t want to miss out.”—Kristen Grae Williams, 51, a Cincinnati woman who adopted five girls from India, including a few with special needs. (Humans of Bombay)







“It is pretty surreal. We pretend to be astronauts all the time. Now, we’re actually going to be in space.”—Raja Chari, a NASA astronaut since 2017 and U.S. Air Force colonel, preparing to make his first space trip on Oct. 30, leading a SpaceX mission to the International Space Station. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa)








“I guess I wanted to impress him—instead of roses, I’d given him a dead bat.”— Bhargavi Srinivasulu, remembering her early courtship of Chelmala Srinivasulu, her husband and fellow bat researcher at Osmania University in Hyderabad. (Scientific American)




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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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