Mindy Kaling “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”

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I’ve recently finished Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”. This not-so-typical autobiography actually embodies collections of random thoughts that come to Mindy’s mind and chooses to tell. As you read the book, you could definitely hear Mindy’s voice inside your head.

In the book, she does describe her passion and journey in developing her career in becoming a comedy writer/actress from filming short comedy skits with her high school best friend to co-writing a 2-woman act play with her roommate of entitled “Matt and Ben” and eventually becoming a writer for NBC’s “the Office”.  In addition, Mindy talks about her challenges with her weight and beauty throughout her life. For example, during her childhood, she recalls being made fun of being the fat kid by the school bully. Then later when she becomes a cast member of the Office, she faces another challenge of not being able to fit into a designer dress for People’s Most Beautiful magazine photo shoot.

My favorite part of the book is her sweet and star-struck moment with Amy Poehler. During one summer, Mindy had a one-time stint writing for SNL during the summer break of the Office. Although Mindy’s actual skit did not make the SNL line-up, she got to meet the infamous Amy Poehler. Mindy first thought Amy wanted to see Kristen Wiig since Mindy shared a small office with her. But Amy said she wanted to talk to Mindy and asked if Mindy was going to go hang out with the cast after work. Amy also offered warmly to walk with her. As you read this passage, you can tell that Mindy is genuinely in awe of her as she reminisce her admiration of Amy and watching her on Conan O’Brien’s show. She describes Amy’s laugh as “a warm intoxicating cackle”. She also felt that Amy, in that moment, became a mentor/role model to her as a woman in comedy. I hope in the future they star in a movie together or Amy makes a guest appearance on the Mindy project.

More on that subject, I also enjoyed Mindy’s breakdown of how women are portrayed in romantic comedies and typically categorized. Such examples include “the woman who is obsessed with her career and is no fun at all” (like Miranda in the Devil Wears Prada), “the sassy best friend”, and “the klutz” and “the ethereal weirdo”. Mindy bluntly says these women do not exist in real life and she indicates there is no happy medium among all these characters. They are always on one extreme side of the spectrum. When they are beautiful and drop dead gorgeous, they are total klutzes or sexy and kind of passive. When they are not pictured as “drop dead gorgeous”, they are serious minded and not full of emotion but eventually find their beauty. From reading, I could see Mindy’s determination in breaking all these characters in her show as well as other comics like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. On the Mindy Project, her character Dr. Lahiri has a serious career path, but that does not define her. She is also sassy best  friend who is having problems with dating and she can be a total klutz sometimes. In other words, Mindy’s character is not perfect but is portraying an everyday woman.

Finally, go read the book! It’s a great beach read or reading on the train!

Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People

Here are some of the big names identified on such a prestigious list! We definitely agree!

Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California

Andrew Ng, founder of Coursera

Perry Chen, CEO of Kickstarter

Erica Kochi, Co-Lead for Tech Innovation at UNICEF

and…..

Mindy Kaling, creator and star of the Mindy Project!

for full list click here:

http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/all/

 

What’s Going On?

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus introduced the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act 

Elementary has been picked up for a Second Season!

In his lifetime, film critic Roger Ebert defended Asian American Cinema  

Dr. Mindy Lahiri and many other female Physicians and Surgeons like her deserve a pay raise! And get recognized!

What’s Going On?

The Mindy Project is renewed!

GOP has an Asian American problem 

The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders released a report illustrating the federal government’s progress addressing the needs of AAPIs and increase AAPI participation in federal programs and services 

Warner Bros names first Asian American Hollywood studio head 

Relationship Quotes from our girl, Mindy Lahiri!

As you can tell, this blog is strongly obsessed with Mindy Kaling and her show, the Mindy Project.  Recently, TV Rage posted Mindy’s 12 relationship quotes just in time for Valentine’s Day. From watching the show so far, Mindy’s love life is so far not so perfect and kind of all over the place…and she has yet to find Mr.Right…which is the case for a lot of us (like me) Anyways, here is 6 of the 12 of my favorite Mindy quotes posted by TV Rage.

1. Mindy and Relationship Pacts
Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
At Mindy’s Christmas party, she found out that her boyfriend, Josh (Tommy Dewey), had a secret girlfriend. The bad part? Mindy was the other woman, which sent her into a downward spiral and resulted in the following convo with fellow doctor Danny (Chris Messina):

“Danny, if we’re still single in five years, and we haven’t found anybody, can we make a pact . . .  that we’ll kill each other?”

2. Mindy Looks to Julia Roberts
Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
Once again, the romantic comedies come into play. Who is better to look up to than “Pretty Woman” herself, Julia Roberts? Though, she didn’t seem to help Mindy out too much:

“Maybe I won’t get married, you know? Maybe I’ll do one of those “Eat, Pray, Love” things. Ugh, no. I don’t wanna pray. Forget it. I’ll die alone.”

3. Mindy’s Life Partner
Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
What’s that one thing every woman pictures doing with her life partner? Of course, it’s apple picking! Before settling down, Mindy recommends having a great sex life, and then you can indulge in the above “juicy” activity:

“People seem to be having these awesome sex lives and I’m just trying to find a life partner to go apple-picking with. What’s wrong with me?”

4. Mindy and Appearance
Anna Camp and Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
Sometimes women just can’t keep it together, especially appearance wise. At least, Mindy owns up to her sloppiness and messy love life:

“I just figured if I’m going to be a mess – might as well be a hot mess, right?”

5. Mindy and Condom Etiquette
Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
If you ever wanted to know what’s going on in a woman’s mind regarding condoms – go no further. Thank you, Mindy:

“Condom etiquette. It’s hard for women, you know? Because you want to have condoms, but you can’t keep them by the bed, because then it seems like you’re, like, using them constantly … So, then you have to do that whole dance like, ‘Oh, hey, I might have some somewhere from that bachelorette party I had as a goof!’”

6. Mindy and STD’s
Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project
It’s always beneficial to have a doctor educate us about relationships and STD’s. That’s just what Mindy did for a group of high school girls:

“But, I’ll tell you one thing that always lasts forever. Herpes. It’s gross, and it’s horrible, Google image search it.”

To read the rest of the quotes. Check out TV Rage.com 

“I have such a rich fantasy life, I can’t help it. I do make up a lot of romantic stories in my head.”-Mindy Kaling

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As you all know I love all things fashion, entertainment and food related. Ok, you might not know it because…well, you don’t know me. And it’s not ALL.

But I digress. So I have,and I’m not afraid to say–mostly because it’s not something embarrassing for once–that I have hopped on the Girls  bandwagon and am willing to ride that shit like the Slumdog Millionaire boys! I resisted because, well, who says I can’t watch marathons of 16 andPregnant and still be a sassy, intelligent modern woman! Plus I ‘m pretty sure it accounts for half the reason I’m not stuck in a small apartment with fours roommates and my six freakishly beautiful but tyrannical children. The other half is split between the Pill and creative ambition.

So, I blame two entities for my newfound obsession–trust me that’s saying a lot considering Friends topped my television chart for the last 15 years (kind of…

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Top 10 Moments of 2012

For this blog’s 100th post, I will be counting down the top 10 moments of 2012 for Asian Americans

10. US Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian wins Gold for his 100 m swim at London 2012 which he also won the Golden Goggles

 9. Paul Qui becomes the second Asian American to win Top Chef and wins the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest

8. Susan Choi is given the James Beard Journalism Profile Award for her article “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz” published in Food and Wine Magazine 

7. Kyla Ross along with her fellow US gymnasts of the Fierce Five wins gold medal in Team Performance

6. The Mindy Project makes its debut!

5. President Obama nominates first Asian American Lesbian Federal Judge

Senate panel advances  first lesbian Asian American judge

4.  Kal Penn, co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign,  delivered a fired up speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

3. November 2012 election reigns in historic majority house representations of women and minorities for the Democratic party including 7 Asian Americans

 

2. Also, the 2012 election mobilized a higher voter turnout of Asian Americans than in 2008 with 73 percent of their votes to re-elect President Obama, the highest percentage ever of Asian American vote for any single candidate 

1. Hawaii elects the first Asian American woman, Mazie Hirono to the U.S Senate

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