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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2012
Quota of Quotes “Every week we get washed, crisp linen. I said, ‘This I cannot get on my own anywhere. So I better stay here.”

– Habiba Ali, a Pakistani-American woman who has spent 28 years in Hotel Wales in New York City. (The New York Times)










“The first time I had dosa I was seven, and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ Then I tried to make my mom make it, but she wasn’t really good at it.”

Himanshu “Heems” Suri of Das Racist, one of six musicians who appear in Amrit Singh’s documentary short Dosa Hunt — tagline: “The Greatest Hunt for South Indian Food in NYC Ever Committed to Film!” (New York Magazine)










“The mind of an engineer, the ethics of a scientist, the soul of a poet and the skill of an academic—these are the attributes of a developed person. My goals, my obligations, and my dreams are the manifestation of a sophisticated man.”

– The words of 18-year-old Harsha Maddula, printed on a program at his funeral in New York. The 18-year-old pre-med student drowned in a harbor beside the campus of Northwestern University in Illinois. (Newsday)









“In my days we were not allowed to use a calculator. We used to calculate six digit figures. And we had to get them right in the first attempt itself!”

M.J. Vijayaraghavan, an 80-year-old auditor in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, whose father, M.S. Jagannathan, was also an auditor. (The Hindu)








“We felt that when there are 10 of you who are considered crazy it’s a lot easier.”

Naina Lal, co-founder of Runner Girls India, a support network for women runners in India. (WSJ.com)






“One day the Mumbai Gladiators will be worth more than the New York Yankees.”

– Richard Whalen, CEO of the Elite Football League of India, an eight-team American football league whose inaugural season is currently being televised. (Time)


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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