Those past few weeks, I’ve been reading books I’ve meant to read but haven’t actually got around to read. I am a fan of Amy Poehler from Parks and Rec, because of Leslie Knope of course, but because she kind of inspires me. Not to be an actress, don’t worry.
Those women are all connected to one another. I found it quite weird at first but then I thought about my favourite reality tv show (Teen Mom OG & 2). I got the feeling that writing a “memoir” is kind of the thing to do when you’re some famous person appearing on TV in America those days. So of course, working in the same field, each had to write their own memoirs.
Of course, I don’t even know the third of what I’m talking about, I’m not an US citizen. I’ve never even been to the damn country.
IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS) by MINDY KALING
« As a child of immigrant professionals, I can’t help but notice the wasteful frivolity of it all. Why are these kids not home doing their homework? Why aren’t they setting the table for dinner or helping out around the house? Who allows their kids to hang out in parking lots? Isn’t that loitering?
I wish there was a song called “Nguyen and Ari,” a little ditty about a hardworking Vietnamese girl who helps her parents with the franchised Holiday Inn they run, and does homework in the lobby, and Ari, a hardworking Jewish boy who does volunteer work at his grandmother’s old-age home, and they meet after school at Princeton Review. They help each other study for the SATs and different AP courses, and then, after months of studying, and mountains of flashcards, they kiss chastely upon hearing the news that they both got into their top college choices. This is a song teens need to inadvertently memorize. Now that’s a song I’d request at Johnny Rockets! »
« All women love Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, George VI—at this point he could play the Craigslist Killer and people would be like, “Oh my God, the Craigslist Killer has the most boyish smile!” »,
Okay, everyone loves Colin Firth, sorry. I guess a lot of kids have read the Little House on the Prairie series and love reading too. I guess a lot of people will relate to Mindy in some ways.
So by that time I quite liked her. I even did my homework and watched a few episodes of The Mindy Project and Ben & Matt on youtube. I didn’t get much of Matt & Ben but enjoyed her being Mindy Lahiri. I love her voice and she is very funny indeed.
Then, at the end of the book, I felt confused by some of the crap about “Guys need to do almost nothing to be great”, “In defense of chest hair” (??), “The day I stopped eating cupcakes”, her scrolling through her Blackberry’s pictures… and a few more. These are random essays about some of the things she seemed to have in mind at the time she wrote the book.
Overall, it is a light and quite funny read. It feels like you’re meeting a new friend over coffee. You get a glimpse of Mindy’s life through lists, anecdotes and random thoughts she had while writing about her life and memories. I thought he first part about her childhood and career was written really well. It was sometimes serious and sometimes funny. I liked the conversational tone and learning about her career path, but the last part kind of disappointed me. It was mostly because I felt it was out of place and confusing. But that’s just me.
Have you read it too? What did you think? Her academic journey was very inspiring and encouraging for any young girl aspiring to be Mindy (or not).