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What if only kind of knowing your family’s heritage is actually kind of lame? For Mindy Kaling, the number one bestselling author of Why Not Me?, the search for an answer begins with an Edible Arrangement of chocolate-covered strawberries and a Hindu priest.

Like Kelly Kapoor on The Office, Mindy is engaged with her Indian heritage to the extent that it is fun and convenient. So apart from a tolerance for spicy foods and an appreciation for Ravi Shankar, Mindy isn’t all that Hindu. Her daughter’s Jewish godfather--TV and film’s B.J. Novak--prompts her to reconsider her religious beliefs and ask herself: How Indian do I want my daughter to be?

From the acclaimed writer, actor, director, producer, and New York Times bestselling author comes Nothing Like I Imagined. In these essays, Mindy Kaling shares the latest chapters of a multitasking life in Hollywood. Listen to them in a single sitting. They’re pitch-perfect.

©2020 Mindy Kaling (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The worst “whatever it is”I ever listened to

After 3 minutes, I stop listening to it. She sounds shallow, want to be white, but also want to be involved in her culture to appear more interesting. Okay, I probably shouldn’t write this review since I didn’t waste my time finishing it, but I couldn’t bare to listen anymore.

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Epiphany

I am a French immigrant in the USA and I am having a daughter. I have been feeling like I want my daughter to learn French and eat the sort of French diet I have been trying to keep and all these things that are slightly different (mostly related to food) that I do and my American husband don’t.
This story is it. I want my daughter to feel a sense of belonging to France, like I do.
Thank you ❤️

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Kind of Hindu is Kind of amusing

Very cute novella. This can resonate with many. I get it. Many are kind of … (Catholic, Jewish, fill in the blank).

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Ethnicity & Assimilation

I enjoyed Miindy's eloquent telling of facing the challenge of raising a child in a culture that is different from her ancestral heritage. Many parents probably come to this crossroad. Her experience is a welcomed perspective of how she navigated her challenge, and resolved her concerns about her child's future upbringing.

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Great read for every Indian outside of India

I related to Mindy’s experience so much. A lot of Indians in America have the same experience where we do things more for cultural reasons than religious. Thank you for sharing your experience, Mindy. I’m going to make my 7 yr old daughter listen to this.

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She's Honest!

She gave me a better perspective on Hindu tradition., and it appears she respects other beliefs. I enjoyed listening to her!

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Well written

It was exact description of my experience with doing mundan for both my daughters. Mindy have easily put down the feelings of every Indian mom during this ceremony. Even a very religious Indian mother would have the same questions of should I torture my baby for this ceremony and would be very glad that it’s over.

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Nice short essay

I really liked this one because I think it details an issue many of us with immigrant parents struggle to deal with when we have kids of our own.

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Great. I love the way the story unfolded.

I was hooked from the beginning to the end. It's amazing how We are connected to our ancestors in more ways that we think

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Cute

this was cute and adorable I enjoyed it and look forward to listening to More by Mindy!

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  • 11-13-20

lovely

loved it. far too short! can't wait to listen to the other chapters. mindy really made me smile.

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  • 11-01-20

Soothed my Brown Girl Soul ❤️

Mindy Kaling is a genius and an incredible writer. Thank you for telling our stories and being so relatable to children of migrants, daughters, mothers, and people of colour.