To be honest, I haven’t seen a single full episode of the TV series The Office, let alone be a fan of the series or Mindy Kaling. I didn’t even have any idea who Mindy Kaling is. The only time I got to know her that she was this and that was when I read her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). (Is it weird I find it funny how I knew about her while talking about her book? I don’t know, it sounds irrelevant and useless because obviously I will learn about her with her book because it’s her memoir! Duh.)
I found myself reading (and finishing) this book in the midst of 9 currently-reading books this month (Sorry, low EQ). I picked this up because I find the title highly relatable and awkward on my part. Also first line of first chapter made go bananas: “I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t chubby” Even if I don’t know Mindy Kaling, I thought that somehow, I was Mindy in my past life except I’m not Indian. I wasn’t stick-thin like those Victoria Secret models except when I was an infant and how I was bullied in school, too (well, not because I am an Indian, but because I am such a goody-goody back then). I find Mindy hilarious because she makes fun of the what she was, had done, and experienced when she was a kid. It shows that she is a really smart strong woman and I admire her for that.
Like other people, reading a memoir, we expect how one became successful in their line of work. Mindy works as a comedy writer and producer for the TV series, The Office. It’s a big time position and it takes skills to be up there. Mindy never stopped to achieve what she wants. (Also: she’s obsessed with anything comedy. That kind of passion is inspiring!). There were times I think that I should pursue a life as a comedian but changed my mind. I suddenly remembered The Joker’s backstory in the graphic novel The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. It’s scary and all. (Also: I am corny *sad face*).
Things I learned from Mindy:
- Obeseotron: A nickname you give to someone you adore who has just stepped on your foot accidentally, and it hurts. Alternatively, a fat robot. (and other terms to range the fat-ness of one person)
- Joey Fatone’s last name was going to be “Fat One” no matter how great he was.
- Chest hair is important.
- Fashion (found in When You’re Not Skinny, This Is What People Want You To Wear chapter)
- How it is a-okay to share horribly, horribly narcissistic photos (sometimes, it is really funny to see those pictures!)
I only got bored in some parts because she used a lot of references of different comedy shows in America. I am not really much into watching TV series religiously but I saw a couple of SNL episodes and that’s it. Anyway, it is still a good fun read. Mindy Kaling is hilarious but not that overly-hilarious like David Sedaris. Just the right amount.