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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2014




“I have been, and am, a Republican for all Republicans. The first three letters of my name are G-O-P.”

–Hyderabad-born businessman Gopal T.K. Krishna, who was recently elected co-chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. (IANS)









“Oh my gosh. The first morning I was so scared.  I thought there was an emergency.”

Neha Valluri,a senior at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon, on being awakened by loud banging and shouting at 5 a.m. while attending a week-long West Point Summer Leadership Experience boot camp. Neha will join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., this fall, one of the few Indian-Americans to do so.








“My younger sister, who is seven, always reminds me that there’s room for improvement.”

–Ten-year-old actor Rohan Chand, who co-stars in the movie Bad Words. (Columbus Dispatch)








“I recognize it’s difficult to change someone’s behavior. I definitely would love to see some actual changes and I’d be happy to go as far as possible to make that change possible.”

Suvir Mirchandani, a 14-year-old middle school student from Pittsburgh, who discovered that the government could save about $400 million in printing costs by switching to Garamond, a typeface that uses less ink. (CNN)








“Even if just one young man drops the idea of going to Britain by the donkey route after reading this book, my whole effort would be worthwhile.”

Shamlal Puri, author of the newly published book, The Illegals: Visa-Less, Homeless, Hopeless —Striving for the Good Life, which tells the story of a dozen men who travel on a container truck from Punjab to Britain. (IANS)








“He is not dead. Medical science does not understand things like yogic science. We will wait and watch. We are confident that he will come back.”

Swami Vishalanand, spokesman for Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in Punjab, whom followers have placed in freezer as they await his return to life to lead them. (BBC)


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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