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Quota of Quotes

June 2009
Quota of Quotes


"I thought about computer classes. But I stayed with this. I heard there were no jobs. Plus, my customers are always happy to see me." -- Vilesh Shinde, 32, a Mumbai dabbawala, whose business has surged in recent months as the global financial crisis forces more Indians to choose tiffin over restaurant food. (Washington Post)

"There's one big plus-point about Hindu priests. They'll forget about everything if you show them a few bucks." – Mumbai activist Ashok Row Kavi, noting a growing number of same-sex marriage ceremonies being performed in India. (Times of India)

"When my family realized that what I had with Ashok was not 'timepass', they accepted us in their own way. He is very special to my family." – San Jose resident Arvind Kumar, who married Ashok Jethanandani in a traditional Indian ceremony in Toronto. (Times of India)

"This isn't Afghanistan. But here in Bangalore, as a young woman on the streets, if you are driving a car or in a pub or dressed a certain way, you just feel this rising anger." – Hemangini Gupta, 28, on an increase in moral policing by Hindu extremists. (Washington Post)

"Most children in my school are criminal-minded. We have caught them stealing fans from classrooms and even the iron grills from the windows. How do you discipline such kids?" -- Dr. S.C. Sharma, principal of a government school in South Delhi, speaking in support of corporal punishment. (

"It doesn't make sense to me, especially in these hard times. The military is hurting for professionals. They need doctors, they need nurses." – Military recruit Dr. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi, objecting to a U.S. Army order that he remove his turban and cut his hair before reporting for active duty in July. (

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