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




“To be able to stand up there, and be an example for other little girls that America is now a very different place, that’s everything to me.”

– Nina Davuluri of New York, who became the first Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant. (Wall Street Journal).  







“Call me old-fashioned, but all this racism surrounding the Miss America pageant is making it really difficult to enjoy the sexism of it all.”

– Tweet from Toronto artist Chris O’Keefe, (@forwunsicks), on the racist backlash that followed Nina Davuluri’s Miss America victory on Twitter and other sites.





““I’m so jealous of all these racist Miss America tweets, you guys... I’m Indian and on TV, too!!”

– Tweet from actress Noureen DeWulf, who currently stars as Lacey in FX’s Anger Management.










“I was standing at the sink, opening a can of salmon. A salmon sandwich is now called a ‘MacArthur.‘”

– Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, on what he was doing when he received the call that he had won a $625,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. Iyer will soon join Harvard University as a music professor. (Soundcheck blog)








“My parents only allowed me to watch 30 minutes of TV for every two hours of reading. Despite their best efforts, I grew up with a love for television.”

Samata Narra, vice president of comedy development at Fox Broadcasting Co., part of a growing group of South Asian Americans in development and executive roles in the U.S. television and film industry. (The Wall Street Journal)








“I am obviously glad I asked for the recount because it was human error. Otherwise, we would never have known this happened.”

Latha Mangipudi, candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, who initially lost the Democratic primary to her opponent Carl Andrade 170 votes to 167, but won handily 191 votes to 146 after a recount. (Nashua Telegraph)

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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