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March 16, 2015

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

My life in the past ten weeks, in numbers:

5 – trips (3 international business trips, 2 domestic trips for holiday, yay!)

4 – visits to Zara Home in Jakarta, in as many days, with nothing to show for it

3 – book reviews written for www.manilaspeak.com (meh), also the number of books read last weekend

2 – lunch and dinner shindigs with girlfriends

1 – inaugural visit to IKEA in Bangkok

Jenny Javier, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, Mar16Just like my list, IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? by Mindy Kaling is a collection of random topics spread across six chapters. The chapters are chronologically arranged, from childhood musings (chapter one is entitled I Forget Nothing: A Sensitive Kid Looks Back), New York and Hollywood adventures (pre-stardom) to the final chapter entitled My All-Important Legacy (with an essay entitled Strict Instructions for My Funeral).

Forgive me if I happen to be the only person in the planet who hasn’t seen an episode of The Office (the author’s dues-paying television series that broke her out as a comedic star, writer and producer) or The Mindy Kaling show. Blame it on the fact that I don’t own a TV (but I promise I have hundreds of books for my spare time).  I chose to read the book based solely on the meritorious fact that it has been a New York Times bestseller for a gazillion weeks. And also because a second book, entitled WHY NOT ME? is  in the offing and I needed to catch up on a some pop culture that does not include the Kardashians.

Full disclosure: I had been planning to read this book (and had it on my bedside) for months.  I found it impossible to stop once I got started; and was able to finish it in less than two days. It helps that Ms. Kaling writes: “If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right”. The author has written a smart, funny and highly enjoyable book that one can carry in public without fear of judgment (here’s looking at some of your book covers, Ms. Chelsea Handler).

Two days later, I’ve yet to stop chortling. The teacher says practice mindful breathing and I’m trying not to laugh out aloud in yoga class as the essay entitled Why Do Men Put On Their Shoes So Slowly? suddenlycomes to mind. Mindy Kaling, thank you for putting out a book that is straight-talking, down to earth, smart, and terribly funny without being profane.

IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? paperback edition on sale September 18, 2012. Available in local bookstores. WHY NOT ME? will be available in hard cover on September 29, 2015.


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