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August 2011
QUOTA OF QUOTES “People say, ‘You are supporting Muslim kids; they are terrorists.’ I say, ‘We're giving them a free lunch. I believe in humanity. That is my religion.’”Jaya Basu, a Los Gatos, Calif., woman who founded Promise Worldwide, an organization that teaches clothes and feeds children in Nawabpur, a village on the outskirts of Kolkata. (San Jose Mercury News)

“When I started watching Bollywood films regularly, I couldn’t keep my reactions inside. So I thought, I’ll just chuck them out there on the Web and see what happens.”Beth Watkins, a 37-year-old education coordinator at the University of Illinois who has shared her obsession on her blog, “Beth Loves Bollywood, ” since 2005. (WSJ.com)

“What I want people to know about the Indian-American community is that they are the most educated, they make the most money per capita, they are the ones least dependent on government assistance. And the fact that I am most proud of—they give more to charity than any other minority in the country. And I want the entire world to know that.”—South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who plans to visit India in October. (Rediff.com)

“This is our Christmas. We want to experience our holiday at home with our families.”Raj Bhanot, co-founder of the Hindu temple in Sunnyvale, Calif., on the budding movement to have Diwali declared a school holiday in Fremont, Sunnyvale and San Jose. (San Jose Mercury News)

“Cost-cutting measures cannot target all minority workers in a department, and women over 40 only; not in this millennium, not in this country. Unfortunately, some businesses still need to learn that.”Sunanda “Sue” Tripathi-Manteris, a former news anchor on KSNV/Channel 3 in Las Vegas, who has filed a lawsuit against the TV station, alleging that her contract was not renewed because of age, gender and racial discrimination. (India West)

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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