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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2022
QUOTA of QUOTES “It is a global catastrophe. War is the single most environmentally destructive act. We need a departure from mechanist ways of thinking, and focus on restoring the soul.”—Author Amitav Ghosh, referring to the Russia-Ukraine war during a presentation at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Chandigarh, Punjab. (Indian Express)









“It’s a big step forward for samosa as a dish and will open more food gates for regional Indian dishes. Hope it works so we can have turkey tikka in the Trader Joe’s aisle.”—New York City chef Chintan Pandya, commenting on Spicy Pumpkin Samosas, a new seasonal item at Trader Joe’s. (IANS)






 “I think a lot about who owns our right to heal. We live in a hierarchy of health. Some people get medicine first, and some don’t get it at all. Our ability to heal should not depend on our ability to pay or where we live.”— Oakland, California-based health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel, who was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant for her work exposing the inequities in the patent system to increase access to affordable, life-saving medications on a global scale. (MacArthur Foundation)








“Growing up in abject poverty, I never would have thought I would have this opportunity to serve in the House of Representatives. This truly is an honor of a lifetime.”—Democrat Shri Thanedar, a selfmade millionaire, who was elected to represent Detroit in the U.S. House of Representatives.




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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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