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Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI
September 2012

“For me, the mass shooting is not just about how to keep guns out of the hands of a murderous few. It’s also about my community’s sacrifice in the struggle to live as free and proud Americans.”

– Awardwinning filmmaker Valarie Kaur, in an opinion piece on the Aug. 5 shooting that killed six Sikhs at a Wisconsin gurudwara. (CNN.com)  










“We’re definitely feeling concerned. But it’s not about Sikhs, it’s not about Hindus, it’s not about anything. It’s all about a crime against humanity. Being humans, we should be all concerned.”

Surinder Singh, head of public relations at Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta, reacting to the Wisconsin shooting. (Acworth.Patch.com)







“The former all-you-can-eat format served as an unrestrained invitation to gluttony and waste, colliding with the very spirit of Ramadan.”

– Marya Khan, head of marketing at Pizza Hut Pakistan, which replaced its former all-you-can eat offer with a Ramadan Fiesta that limits customers to one regular pizza and bottomless Pepsi. (Daily Telegraph)






“In the USA, light does not come for four days, here we got it (restored) in a matter of hours.”

– India’s former Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, responding to outrage over two blackouts that left 670 million people without electricity. During the outage, which made headlines around the world, Shinde was promoted to Home Minister. (PTI)








“ We cannot compete with China. China is a socialist country. We cannot force people to do sports.”

– Harpal Singh Bedi, spokesman for India’s Olympic team, bristling at comparisons of India’s medal tally with China’s. (McLatchy Newspapers)








“I am a proud woman of India with a lot of enthusiasm. I was taken aback by the criticism. I hope this incident will be forgiven and I want to move forward.”

– Olympic Games volunteerMadhura Nagendra, apologizing for moving a little too forward with India’s delegation of 40 athletes during the opening ceremony. (BBC)





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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