The Mindy Movement: Mindy Kaling's Global Domination

Unless you live under a rock, you've probably noticed that Mindy Kaling won our hearts and our streaming time over the past year.

Spreading faster than a cold during winter, what I am now going to call "The Mindy Movement" (even though someone has probably already coined this phrase somewhere) started slowly, and then seemingly grabbed the world's attention all at once.

I started watching the Mindy Project last summer. I don't know if it was like when people talk about how you start seeing babies everywhere as soon as you want to have one, but as soon as I started watching the Mindy Project it seemed like the whole world was watching it too. People were quoting it on a daily basis, and BuzzFeed links to quizzes and the best Mindy quotes swarmed my Facebook timeline. I still receive at least one text a week from someone telling me that it is the best show ever and that they're sorry they didn't listen to my constant nagging during the summer to binge-watch it on Netflix.


Before my trip to New York, I decided to buy her book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). If you have ever laughed so hard that you cried, try doing it on a plane where you have to sit with the same people staring at you for half an hour wondering what in God's name is so funny. But it's okay because this book is worth it. Its scarily relatable and beautifully dramatic. Even my 18 year-old brother laughed each time I shook him awake and shoved a paragraph in his face that I wanted him to read. 

This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”...and Mindy's right. Yet in this short read she manages to tell you her life story, re-assure you that your own life is, indeed, fine, and even throw in some life lessons.The best part about this book is that it doesn't feel like you're reading it. It feels like Mindy Kaling is sitting across from you at Starbucks chatting to you about anything and everything under the freaking sun. She pokes fun at herself, shares anecdotes and priceless pictures, and manages to discuss every topic from high school and best friends, to one-night stands and karaoke etiquette.

Below are some of my favourite excerpts from the book, but don't panic. Its not like I'm doing that thing where producers put the only funny parts from a movie into a trailer and then when you go to see the actual movie you're sitting there like "Why did I pay to watch a uselessly extended version of a funny trailer?". (Alternatively, whether or not you should just close the tab if you prefer to stream movies from the comfort of your own bed). It took me a long time to pick my favourite excerpts, so here they are:

1. “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.

2. "Like everyone normal, I would never have a bumper sticker, ever. However, if I saw one that read, "Hell is Waiting in Line for Brunch," I might buy a thousand and plaster my car with them.

3. “I’m the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life.”

4. "My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess."

5. “I do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn’t conversation. It’ll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say, “Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake.” 

6. “I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are “bad with names.” No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, “Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.” 

7. “I remember when the news reports came out about Michael Phelps’s ten-thousand-calorie-a-day diet, and everyone was so shocked. But I just thought, yep, I could do that, no problem.”

READ THIS BOOK. You will not regret it. Hey, I'll even lend it to you if you promise to return it.

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