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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
July 2020

Services at the gurdwara that Shalinder Singh attends have been suspended during the pandemic and so have the weekly langars—free meals for the community that are part of Sikhism. To keep the langar spirit going, Singh and his family have delivered more than 1,000 pizzas to hospitals, police stations. and fire departments in New York.

“It just popped up in my mind, this is the time to take care of the heroes in the front,’’ Singh, the 40-year-old owner of a pet products company, told the Associated Press. “I spoke to a couple of doctors and they said pizza is the best because they’re working 12 to 16 hours and they don’t have time to sit and eat.”

Japneet Singh, a 25-year-old New Yorker, has also been delivering pizzas, including some to grocery workers.

“These are minimum-wage workers,’’ Japneet said. “If we can put a smile on their faces with just a slice of pizza, why can’t we do just one small act of kindness.

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

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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