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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2023
QUOTA of QUOTES “He was not my first or second choice for president, but I am a convert. I never thought I would say this, but I believe he should run for another term and finish this agenda we laid o u t .”—Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, expressing her support for President Biden. (Politico)









“This country has given me a lot. And it’s never too late for anybody. If you want to do something, to give your bit of contribution, it’s never too late.”— Anu Nakka, elected to the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education, the first Indian- American elected to public office in the Silicon Valley city. (Milpitas Beat)






“Our unique stories and our cultural background define what being American is. Just because we speak a different language and eat different foods, doesn’t mean we should be othered and treated differently.”—Bali Chainani, star of Bravo’s Family Karma, speaking on racism against Asian Americans.  (AsAmNews.com)









“Human beings have this thing where we need our world to make sense and need someone to blame for things that go wrong. . . .We ironically come up with systems that are not very reasonable in our search for reason.”— Philadelphia-based author Raena Shirali, whose prizewinning poetry collection summonings investigates the ongoing practice of witch hunting in rural India. (Charleston Post and Courier)




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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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