Tag - Melvin Durai

MELVIN DURAI’S HUMOR COLUMN


Spotting Criminals Is A Challenging Job If you happen to see the police in your neighborhood, make sure you wave, smile or greet them politely. It’s important for police officers to feel appreciated because they have extremely dangerous and challenging jobs. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out who is a bad guy and...

MELVIN DURAI’S HUMOR COLUMN


One Dog is Quite Enough For Me, Thank You Every now and then, I see a post on social media from a dog owner who wants to rehome the dog. To “rehome” a pet is to find a new home for the pet, passing on the responsibilities to someone else. Taking care of a dog...

On Valentine’s Day, Pay Tribute To Your Favorite Pest


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’d like to show someone how you truly feel about them, you might want to consider the most romantic of tributes: naming a cockroach after them. The Bronx Zoo in New York City is among several zoos that are offering people this most unique of opportunities....

Academy expresses major regrets over Will Smith’s slap


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has concluded its formal review of the incident involving actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Oscars on March 24, 2022, and issued the following statement:  The Academy would like to apologize once again to the millions of viewers from around the world who...

Don’t objectify your spouse


By Melvin Durai  At any given moment, there are millions of people around the world who are dreaming of wedding ceremonies. They have a strong desire to dress up in wedding finery and make a lifetime commitment in front of friends and relatives. Many of these single people are dreaming of marrying a particular person, perhaps...

Don’t get too comfortable with video meetings


A prominent writer for an American literary magazine, The New Yorker, got fired recently because he inadvertently exposed himself to some colleagues, both men and women, in a Zoom meeting. During a break in the online work-related meeting, the writer, a married man, apparently switched to another video call that was definitely NSFW (not...

MEENA’S MASKS ADVISE ON WHO TO VOTE FOR


by Melvin Durai Bring everyone in the neighborhood together to support one candidate through masks? It was true that finding agreement was hard  even to get everyone to agree on which day to have a yard sale — and even harder on political issues. But Meena was determined to prove her husband wrong. A short story. It was...

Despite social distancing, I’m keeping the conversations going …with ants, pants and plants

Post Date: May 28, 2020

By Melvin Durai Coronavirus-related restrictions have kept many people from meeting face-to-face with friends and neighbors. This has helped curb the spreading of viruses, not to mention rumors and gossip. But experts say it's important for us—for our mental well-being—to keep the conversations going in whatever way is possible. That’s what I've been trying to do. Just the other day, while...