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




“I think we both knew that the competition was against the dictionary, not each other. I’m happy to share this trophy with him.”

– Sriram Hathwar (R), 14, whose final-round duel with Ansun Sujoe, 13, at the National Spell Bee ended in a tie, making them the first co-champions in more than 50 years.  (USA TODAY)








“Indian critics were angry because even though I hailed from India, I appeared to be going out of my way to act American and serve the interests of America, which was odd because I am American and the words US are in my title.”

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaking to students and faculty at Harvard Law School about the case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. (PTI)










“Advice to some being sworn in today: Being MoS is like standing in a cemetery—there’s a lot of people under you but no one is listening!”

– Tweet from Shashi Tharoor, former Minister of State for Human Resources, as members of India’s new Cabinet were being sworn in.










“You will help a cable company acquire a telecom company. You will defend BP from birds. You will spend hours arguing that the well water was contaminated before the fracking occurred. One of you will sort out the details of my prenup.”

– Actress Mindy Kaling, guest speaker at Harvard Law School’s graduation ceremony, on future jobs of the graduates.








“Most people think that the back seat belts serve only a decorative purpose. In fact, wearing them is as necessary as wearing front seat belts.”

–India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who believes that a seat belt could have saved the life of Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde, killed in a traffic accident in Central Delhi on June 3.








“Our party, the Republican Party… had been cast as the party of ‘no,’ the party that doesn’t care about women, the party that doesn’t care about minorities. I said, that is not right, that is not who I am, that is not why I am a Republican.”

–Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Neel Kashkari, speaking before his primary election victory last month, which gave him the right to challenge Democratic Governor Jerry Brown this fall. A fiscal Conservative who supports abortion rights and gay marriage, Kaskhari is attempting to become America’s third Indian-American governor. (Wall Street Journal)

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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