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Compiled/ partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/ partly written by MELVIN DURAI
May 2012
QUOTA of QUOTES “ College is expensive and $100,000 goes a long way toward that. Sometimes good stuff happens.”

Nithin Tumma, a 17-year-old high school student from Fort Gratiot, Michigan, who won the $100,000 first prize in the Intel Science Talent Search for his cancer research. (Detroit Free Press).  








“No mutiny goes on forever. It is either crushed or succeeds. I’d like to think we succeeded.”

Abhi Tripathi, co-founder of the influential South Asian-American blog Sepia Mutiny, which was shut down on April 1 after eight years of existence. (IndiaRealtime, Wall Street Journal blog)





“ The most effective way to fight corruption is to shed light on it. If you only look at the policy side, you’ll miss a lot.  That goes for the U.S. as well.”

– Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Boo, whose first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, explores the lives of people in a Mumbai slum. (Reuters)










“ We’d like to be a living rebuttal to the idea that the Republican Party can’t be a party for all. That’s part of our promise.”

Ricky Gill, 25, who is running for Congress from California and has received endorsements from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. (Marysville, Calif., Appeal-Democrat)








“ The second-generation Indian-Americans have the luxury to pursue and participate in politics.”

– Chicago attorney Vivek Bavda, one of more than 50 Indian-Americans contesting elections this year. Bavda ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional district of Illinois. (Times of India)








“ Vidya should avoid the pitfall of only doing central parts. ... She must learn to also be part of a cinema that doesn’t focus on her but has something important to say.”

– Acclaimed actress Shabana Azmi, offering advice to rising star Vidya Balan. (Times of India)








Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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