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



“I had two choices. I could wreck my son’s life or I could give it away. What else are you going to do?”

– Manoj Bhargava, CEO of 5-hour Energy, on why he has joined Bill Gates and others who have pledged to give 90% of their wealth to charity. (India West)  







“My goal is bringing Indian childhood deaths below a million. There is no prize in the world as exciting as getting Indian childhood deaths down from 1.7 million to 1 million.”

–Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, on whether he’d be disappointed if he never wins the Nobel Prize. (Outlook)












“It means that I am retiring on a good note. I shall spend the summer, maybe the entire day, studying physics.”

– Arvind Mahankali, 13, upon winning the 2013 National Spelling Bee during his last year of eligibility. (CNN)







“I have a rule that I offer to young writers. There must be no tropical fruits in the title. No mangoes, no guavas. None of those.”

Salman Rushdie, in a conversation with fellow author Amitava Kumar at the Asian American Writers Workshop, where Rushdie received a Lifetime Achievement Award. (TheAerogram. com)







“When I got off the plane I was struck that Calcutta was very much like New Orleans. So hot, so humid at night. And there were mosquitos. In that sense I felt I was home.”

Fatima Shaikh, who made her first trip to India this year to trace the origins of her grandfather Shaik Mohammad Musa, a Bengali peddler who settled in New Orleans after marrying an African-American woman in 1896. (FirstPost.com)









“I think we are a progressive nation. I disagree that we are a regressive nation. We are all sitting here and talking about educating the girl child, taking our country forward. I think it’s a misrepresentation of what our great nation is on the world platform.”

– Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra, disagreeing with fellow actress Mallika Sherawat, who called India a “regressive nation for women” in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival. (International Business Times)



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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