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Compiled/partly written Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written Melvin Durai
February 2013



“ My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself. I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.”

– Badri Singh Pandey, 53, revealing the name of his 23-year-old daughter, Jyoti, a physiotherapy student who died after a brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus. (The Sunday People, UK)








“No, I loved him to death.”

Shabana Ansari, 32, asked if she had anything to do with her husband Urooj Khan’s death. The 46-year-old Chicago man, who operated a dry-cleaning business, died of cyanide poisoning following a meal of kofta curry at home—one day after collecting a lump sum payout of $425,000 on a $1 million lottery. (Chicago Sun-Times)










“ I wanted to make clear the depth and the persistence of the South Asian presence in the U.S. and specifically the South Asian Muslim presence in the U.S., at a time when Muslims are being portrayed as newcomers, enemies, and outsiders.”

– MIT assistant professor Vivek Bald, whose new book “Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America” tells the stories of South Asian immigrants, mostly Muslims, who came to America between 1917 and 1965. (MIT News)








“ 16 books, 1 screenplay, 2 anthologies, 2 stage plays in 37 yrs, this to you is slacking? Apologies. Will work harder.”

– Author Salman Rushdie, responding on Twitter to a follower who asked him for “more writing, less shenanigans.”










“ My Gita has been a tremendous source of inner peace and strength through many tough challenges in life, including being in the midst of death and turmoil while serving our country in the Middle East.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, explaining why she took the oath of office on Jan. 3 using her personal copy of the Bhagavad Gita.  Gabbard, 31, is the first Hindu to serve in Congress.








“ I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt?”

– Datta Phuge, a wealthy moneylender from Pimpri-Chinchwad who spent $235,000 on a shirt made of solid gold. (Pune Mirror)



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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