ENTRTNMNT A Thank You To Mindy Kaling From The World Marissa A. Ross

Dear Mindy,

Hi, it’s me, Marissa. Sure, I probably could have put this in an email to you but this isn’t just a personal thank you. This is a thank you on behalf of the world. I realize that this is a very presumptuous thing for me to do– taking on the responsibility of the whole world and all– but I truly feel like it’s my duty, albeit a bold one.

Thank you for all your hard work. You’re a quintuple (and counting) threat with all the writing, acting, executive producing, directing and soon-to-be best selling authoring on your resume. Every year you’re like, “BAM! Oh, what? There goes another mold broken. Oh, that ground? Yeah, broke that too.” If it wasn’t for the fact you are incredibly modest you’d probably also be writing the siiickest raps about it. You are living proof that we can do it all, or at least do everything we set our minds to.

Of course, we love The Office (who doesn’t love just thinking about Michael Scott and his George Foreman grill), but right now, thank you for writing Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is exactly what we needed to read. We need to hear that we weren’t the only kids that were made fun of or the only kids who weren’t good at sports. It’s nice to know that high school isn’t the end-all-be-all and that being successful beyond that peer pressure cesspool is what counts. It’s just as important for someone we look up to tell us to date mature people who treat us with respect as it is for someone we look up to tell us that they bombed job interviews. At the end of the day, we all want to feel less alone. Although the title of your book says otherwise, while reading it we feel like we’re hanging out with you and having the best time ever.

Thank you for being a sparkly adult. Despite your maturity and wisdom, you haven’t lost a single spark of youthful joy. You make jokes about Sanjay Gupta and then turn around and write blogs about bashfully loving the color pink and the importance of a manicure’s glitter density. Thank you for being sagacious and still being fun.

On that note, thank you for being smart. Seriously. Thank you. In a world full of “real” housewives who can’t even name the vice president, it’s nice to have someone in the spotlight who knows what the hell they’re talking about. (A personal note: Mindy has a library to die for and as far as I am concerned, has read every book that has ever been written.)

One of the best things about you is that you don’t hide that you’re a normal woman. We love that you’re not a part of the 2% of women who are 5’10″ and barely a hundred pounds, because truth be told, we aren’t either. With the constant barrage advertisements, movies and TV shows pushing photoshopped toothpicks at us as the epitome of beauty, it’s nice to see someone so beautiful and talented that isn’t a coat hanger. You make “normal” phenomenal.

It takes so much to do what you do. Television is demanding, but writing a book as honest and real as yours is very courageous. You are such a brave person. You have put yourself out into the world in a way most people could never. You have shared so much of your story and yourself with us and in loving your story and loving you, we have learned to love our own story and love ourselves.

Mindy, thank you for being you and helping us be us too.

The World

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  2. I loved this book! such an inspiration <3

  3. I finished it a few days ago! It is by far, the most hilarious piece of writing that I have ever read. I couldn’t put the book down. My only complaint was that it was not long enough!

    Mindy, please start working on second book chock full of your commentary on life.

  4. Hello giggles has constantly been talking about this book, I finally bought it, can’t wait to read!

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  6. Can’t wait to read the book.

  7. I am putting buying this book off for as long as possible so that I can read it when I really need some cheering up. But this is fabulous and the world thanks you for writing it and Mindy for existing.

  8. I love her, I love you, and I can’t wait to love this book!

  9. Going tomorrow to buy this. Can. NOT. Wait!!

  10. I just bought Mindy’s book on Amazon because it’s not out in Australia yet, and then realised I couldn’t wait for the normal shipping so paid twice the price of the book extra, jsut to get it next week. Can’t wait!

  11. As if I needed more reasons to get this book…but I WILL be getting it tomorrow!! :)

  12. Just finished this book aaaand loved it. Mindy: 1 , JLP: 0

  13. I bought the iBook version and then I couldn’t live without reading it on my commute to work so I got the Audible version mostly because Mindy reads it, and I like to pretend that she’s reading it directly to me. It’s a very conversational experience. Haha. I finished it today and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

  14. I put this book on my Amazon wish list on April 6! That’s how pumped I was. I finished it yesterday and Y’ALL IT IS AMAZING.

  15. Can we talk about that adorable black pomeranian next to you

  16. This book is amazing…. A funny smart talented normal woman…. Young girls this should be who you look up too…. I love her refusal to do the vain Hollywood thing and shave 4 sizes off her real size….. Ahem Kim Kardashian and ricki lake…… Size 8 great that’s normal and your still thin….. I hate when stars claim to be fat at a size 10….. Grown woman take note too…. Carrie Bradshaw is a fictional character…. Look up to someone who is real…loves fashion and can afford both a house and shoes…. Doesn’t need to marry money….. Love this book! Love mindy!! Oh and I loved the first few episodes of the office…. It was always great and just as good as the British version…… :)

  17. This is wonderful, and it completely captures my feelings towards Mindy Kaling!! She is the ideal role model and all young girls should be lucky enough as I am to look up to someone like her. I am a college student and they weren’t selling her book in our Barnes and Noble’s. I was very upset, so I talked to the manager and I made them order three! (Of course, one for me.) I can’t wait to meet her when she comes to Seattle in a couple weeks, she is my hero!

  18. Ok, i knew i kinda want this book, but now i REALLY REALLY want to have it! However, i’m not sure how i can get it here in Asia, i need to search!

  19. I am in love with this book and have had many people ask me what I was reading while I’ve been enjoying said book. I’ve started a few conversations about Mindy because of this, and frankly, it’s lovely. Marissa, this rocks, and you said what I’ve been wanting to say as well! Thank you, Mindy. And, thank you, Marissa!

  20. I have to get my hans on this book like a fat kid wants cake

    Anonymous | 11/03/2011 11:11 am