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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
July 2015




“She is going through the proposals. She will draw a shortlist and tell me who to meet. I am looking forward to meet them. I am hoping to find a partner now.”

–Gay rights activist Harish Iyer, whose mother placed what is believed to be India’s first gay matrimonial ad in Mumbai’s Mid-Day newspaper. (BBC News) 











“Don’t write like me. Try to find out how to write like yourself.”

–Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, giving advice on Twitter to an aspiring writer who asked, “Sir, any tips about how to write like u?”











“This is a rare instance of a bird from Pakistan being spotted here. We have caught a few spies here. The area is sensitive, given its proximity to Jammu, where infiltration is quite common.”

Rakesh Kaushal, senior superintendent of police (SSP) in Pathankot, Punjab, on the capture and x-raying of a pigeon suspected of spying for Pakistan. The news sparked a flurry of humorous tweets and posts. (Times of India)











“If tomorrow we come to your home and say, ‘Oh, you’re doing this wrong, this is not the custom of how to do it’— it’s very rude.”

Nikita Worlikar, 24, a member of Mumbai’s Bene Israel community, on the disapproval of Indian Jewish customs by foreign Jewish educators. (Haaretz.com)






“I am happy to say that the prime minister of Bangladesh, despite being a woman, is saying boldly that she has zero tolerance toward terrorism.”

–Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in Hindi at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He was widely criticized on the Internet, with many tweets using the #DespiteBeingaWoman hashtag. (NBCNews.com)








“Their profound love and generosity manifests in a radical acceptance of who I am, and this is precious. After all, I am a far cry from the Ivy League-educated Tambram daughter who by now could have had a high-powered career in law or corporate America,—much like the 'around the way' homeboys I grew up with do now—as well as a husband and a kid or two.”

–New York City artist Chitra Ganesh, on the support she has received from her father and stepmother.

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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