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Quota of Quotes

Compiled/Written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/Written by Melvin Durai
September 2011
Quota of Quotes “Tendulkar has achieved everything but is still hungry for more. I want my son to emulate that hunger.”Kalim Jaffer, a Mumbai chutney vendor whose 13-year-old son, Arman, has broken several local records once held by cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar. (Toronto Star)

“You are who you are because of what you do, not the color of your skin.”Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, on the growing number of global Indian business leaders. (Time)

“Providing you know what you are doing, India is a fairly easy country to work in—because everyone wants to say something. It’s not like being in China or Tibet, where people get in trouble if they speak openly. If you get into a tricky situation with a government official in India, it’s best to play the dumb foreigner.”Patrick French, author of the book India: A Portrait. (SepiaMutiny.com)

“I feel like it is the social validation of our relationship.”Navin Manglani, who married his partner of six years, Navin Dargani, on July 24 in New York, as the state became the sixth in the country to legalize same-sex marriages. (Rediff.com)

“We are always asked to prove our worth to our countries. But I have yet to have America prove its worth to me.”Prerna Lal, a law student who’s facing a deportation order, despite coming to America at age 14 with her parents, both permanent residents. (SepiaMutiny.com)

“The amount of pancake cream on your face (in Bollywood) is ridiculous. I don’t think it is required, by the way. If a cream can give you confidence then you really have to check your whole confidence department in the first place.”—Actress Freida Pinto, who stars in the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (The Independent, UK)

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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