First of all, love the title of the book. You could just hear Mindy’s zippy voice, coupled with her signature somewhat sarcastic yet subtly confrontational facial expression, uttering those exact words. Mindy Kaling, who plays Mindy Lahari in The Mindy Project on FOX (now on season 2, yay!), is beyond hilarious, witty, snarky but in a kind way, and a girl you wish were your absolute BFFF. She is silly yet intelligent, quirky yet driven and focused. But what’s more, she is one hell of a writer. You know how they always say to find one’s unique voice and style in writing? Mindy’s the perfect outcome.
This is a photo of Mindy (included in the book) as a little girl. Here’s what’s so lovely about Mindy. She is so far from what our culture (and Hollywood) would consider traditionally “pretty”, i.e. skinny, and you know the rest. She definitely doesn’t wear a size 0, nor does her hair always fall perfectly (although she would very likely debate about that).
But why is she so funny and likeable? It becomes almost impossible and irrelevant to separate the character of Mindy from The Mindy Project from the voice of the book, Mindy Kaling herself. They are, to say boldy, one. She is the boss of herself, and she is a pig when it comes to food (a bonus in my book!). Donuts are possibly Mindy’s only weakness. She also unabashedly divulges that as a kid, she pretty much looked like a boy. I can definitely relate to those two things about her. With Mindy, there’s never a dull moment.
To add a little laugh in your life, I recommend watching The Mindy Project. And I know I’m a lot late in the game to be talking about the book, but I did just pick it up recently. In it, Mindy shares about everything from her childhood as a daughter of émigré parents to her confession about never having had a one-night stand. She also talks about what it means to work hard and chase after one’s dream, and never, ever complaining about one’s situation, ever. If you enjoy the show, you won’t be able to put this book down. If you watch the show feeling like you know know Mindy, you’ll feel like you have even more access to her with the book. I sound like an obsessed stalker, I know.
Everything about Mindy screams diva! But it’s the non-evil kind, the kind that’s mostly pleasant and funny to have and carry around. Not the kind people abandon you for. And underneath all the gossiping and sneering, Mindy is seemingly down-to-earth, brutally honest, and requires the approval of no one but herself. In sum, this is a must-read for girls and young women (and men, I guess) in their 20s and 30s and however old you turn. Enjoy!
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