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



“This Whole Foods frozen Indian TV dinner I just ate is terrible—why did I never learn to cook the cuisine of my ancestors.”

– Tweet from actress Mindy Kaling of Fox TV’s The Mindy Project.  









“He said anger is like electricity—it is powerful if we use it intelligently, but it can be destructive if we abuse it.”

– Social activist Arun Gandhi, 79, on one of the lessons he learned from his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi. (New York Times)










“ India is sometimes described as an elephant. We’re not an elephant. We’re a beehive.”

– Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the Congress Party, addressing the Confederation of Indian Industry.










“ Don’t get bogged down by the notion of limits. There aren’t any.”

– Astronaut Sunita Williams, offering tips to aspiring Indian astronauts.” (Wall Street Journal)









“Another writer in her position would have moved to Los Angeles and become a Hollywood player.”

– Writer Aseem Chhabra, on the humility of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Oscar- and Booker Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter. Jhabvala, a German-born Jew who spent 24 years in India, died last month at the age of 85. (





“ Georgians are very nice people. But we are very different from them. The culture is different, even the religion is different. But there’s a business opportunity here.”

–  Ranjot Singh, one of thousands of Indian farmers, mostly from Punjab, who have moved to the Republic of Georgia to take advantage of cheap land. (


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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