QUOTA of QUOTES
– R.K. Krishnakumar, vice chairman of Tata Global Beverages, on a joint venture with Starbucks that will see 50 coffee houses opening in India this year. (AP)
“Apparently, if you are a Nigerian, there is a very special procedure before you get the visa. But since India is an emerging power, I think you want to show your emergence by being reluctant about giving visas!”
– Acclaimed author Chimamanda Adichie, speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival about her problems in obtaining an Indian visa. (IANS)
“I really didn’t think I was breaking the law. That was not my concern. And I knew I was not offending anyone by reading that piece. I was celebrating the written word.”
– Amitava Kumar, who along with three other writers read excerpts from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, a book banned in India, at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Rushdie cancelled his trip to the festival after police claimed to have detected an assassination plot. (Rediff.com)
“ Why should my colleague from Bulgaria get his green card in six months, while we have been waiting seven years, just because we were born in India? We love America.”
– Neelima Reddy, 31, a financial engineering manager at Fannie Mae. She and her husband, Vishal Iyer, a Web site designer at AOL, support a bill in the U.S. Senate that would eliminate individual country limits in granting work-based green cards. (Washington Post)
“ The sad thing is that Indians will queue up to buy those Hermès saris but they will ignore our handcrafted weaves.”
–Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, on the luxury French brand launching a line of limited-edition printed saris in India, priced at more than $6,000 each. (Financial Times)
“ It really embarrasses me that Indians should be so chippy. I’m a Sikh, but when I was growing up, we were among the most confident of Indians. We’re used to Sikh jokes, many by Sikhs, about turbans, the whole works. This is nonsense.”
– Author and columnist Tavleen Singh, on the outrage in India over a Jay Leno joke that portrayed the Golden Temple in Amritsar as presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s summer home. (Los Angeles Times )
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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