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Compiled & partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled & partly written by MELVIN DURAI
December 2011
QUOTA OF QUOTES “ My mother used to feed me till she died. I was 26 and I’m not ashamed of it. She used to mix food and give it to me. So I still don’t know how to eat with my hands.”

– Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, describing his eating habits to an interviewer from Harper's Bazaar










“In Sri Lanka I would have given the judge 50,000 rupees and he’d be sitting having dinner at my house. Here, I got my shot. The American justice system is by and large fair.”

– Former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for insider trading. (Newsweek)










“ Though I have fond memories of my first performance, I will never forget the nerves or the relief I felt when it was over and I had not made a mistake.”

– Fifteen-year-old Bharatnatyam dancer Aditi Ahuja, who had her arangetram (solo debut dance) at the storied Carnegie Hall in New York. (IANS)










“ When you’re working there, you always think, ‘What is the best time to tell the president that you played a stoner who escaped from Guantanamo Bay? Is it before his national security meeting? Is it after the education meeting?”

– Actor Kal Penn, who spent two years as a mid-level staffer in the White House before returning to acting and starring in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, a follow-up to 2008’s Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.” (Los Angeles Times)








“ (As a woman) you can’t come down like a hammer. If you are particularly aggressive, it’s viewed differently. I definitely learned that lesson from Hillary Clinton.”

Neera Tanden, new president of the Center for American Progress, Washington’s leading liberal think tank, on how she handles opponents during debates. Tanden served as senior domestic policy adviser for Clinton when she was First Lady. (Washington Post)





“ Daughter now enrolled at Dartmouth! Strange swings this admission season has shown us. Can’t get into DU, can make it to the Ivies.”

– Facebook message of Madhavi Chandra, whose daughter Moulshri Mohan failed to gain admission to Delhi University, but received a $20,000 scholarship from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, as well as acceptance letters from several other U.S. universities, part of a trend that’s seeing more Indian students recruited by American universities facing economic pressures. (New York Times )

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