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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2013

“I worked on the book for five years, and when it appeared I remember reading those reviews and thinking that it’s over.  I should give up this business and maybe work in a bank.”

– Poet and novelist Jeet Thayil, whose book “Narcopolis” won the $50,000 DSC Prize for fiction set in South Asia, despite receiving poor reviews initially. (NDTV.com)  









“Please, we are both very vibrant people. I actually have a marigold turban like your hair in addition to all the other colors.”

– American Idol contestant Gurpreet Singh Sarin, aka ‘The Turbanator,’ successfully persuading judge Nicki Minaj to cast her vote in his favor and send him to the next round. (FirstPost.com)










“ Without an unqualified constitutional amendment that guarantees this freedom, as the American Constitution’s First Amendment does, the country cannot fairly claim to be the ‘world’s largest democracy.’”

– Author and New York University professor Suketu Mehta, writing about India’s recent freedom of speech lapses. (New York Times)










“ We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.”

– Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, giving the the keynote speech at a meeting of the Republican National Committee.








“ It is very exciting to serve in an Administration that has so many great Indian-Americans serving.”

Rajiv Shah, Administrator of United States Agency for International Development, speaking at the first-ever inaugural ball organized by Indian-Americans in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Obama’s second term in office. (The Hindu)








“ My parents left India to pursue their dreams, and years later, I have come to India to pursue mine. Full circle!”

– British-born, U.S.-raised actor Samrat Chakrabarti, who traveled to Mumbai for the release of two films in which he plays contrasting roles: Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children. (IANS)

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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