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January 2011
QUOTA OF QUOTES “The good thing about being a writer is that all your miseries become material.” -- Manu Joseph, who won The Hindu Best Fiction Award for his debut novel Serious Men. (The Guardian)

“The language can go, the way you dress can go, the customs can go, but food is the last thing to go in immigrant communities.” -- Komal Shah-Kapoor, a New York resident who recently started Cook Aunty, a residential cooking service that’s less expensive than hiring a personal chef. (HudsonReporter.com)

“It's very good that she has won but I don't give any importance to beauty pageants. There are more important things happening, people are dying of poverty.” – Designer Vijay Arora, on India’s Nicole Faria winning the Miss Earth title. (The Times of India)

“I fought my mom because I didn’t want the whole long Indian wedding, but I look back on it fondly now—it was nice.” -- Mayuri Amuluru, who married Kash Chandra last spring in an elaborate wedding in New York with 300 guests. (NYMag.com)

“I believe this affliction, even though it has taken a personal toll on us, is going to result in something better for all of us.” – Daisy Khan, who along with her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, has been vilified for seeking to build an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero in New York. (The New York Times)

“I’m Muslim the way many of my Jewish friends are Jewish: I avoid pork, and I take the big holidays off.” –Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, who stars in the new film Today’s Special. (NYMag.com)

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