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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling, is an American actress and writer, creator and star of the sitcom The Mindy Project on Fox and Hulu, and is also an executive producer and writer for the show. She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she played the character Kelly Kapoor and served as an executive producer, writer and director.

When Kaling started doing stand-up comedy, the hosts couldn't pronounce her last name, Chokalingam, and made fun of it. So she decided to change it to Kaling. She stopped doing cabaret because it took up much more of her time than she had. She toured alone and with Craig Robinson before he was on The Office.

Kaling said she's never seen a family like her on TV and that gave her a dual perspective that she uses in her writing. The free-for-all mentality is what she thinks she learned as the daughter of immigrants. She loves reading books by Jhumpa Lahiri. In honor of this writer you named Mindy Lahiri your character in the TV series The Mindy Project, of which you are the creator and protagonist.

Kaling is a Hindu. She lives in West Hollywood and is a close friend of B. J. Novak, her co-star on The Office. Novak is also the godfather of Kaling's two children.

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