This series continues to be really enjoyable. You begin this book with a slight annoyance at the lack of Sophie and Howl but then the magical world ofThis series continues to be really enjoyable. You begin this book with a slight annoyance at the lack of Sophie and Howl but then the magical world of genies and carpets and night gardens suck you in till you are immersed in this landscape. Cherry on top about halfway through the book they do come back, and who can complain about the cat disappearing if she turns into Sophie instead....more
What a delightful read, especially coming in tow of some rather sordid books. Dare I say that I liked it more than the movie, inspite on basically worWhat a delightful read, especially coming in tow of some rather sordid books. Dare I say that I liked it more than the movie, inspite on basically worshipping Miyazaki's craft. Thanks to the movie the images i had of calcifer and the castle was pretty fixed, but the book was still full of new surprises. The characters and the world building transported me to different world from which i have to very reluctantly step back. As a result I picked up the sequel immediately. Hope it turns out to be good.
PS: the audiobook is amazing thanks to the narrator. ...more
Generally I do not prefer audiobooks over the real deal. Mindy Kaling however calls for an exception. Like David Sedaris, listening to this in publicGenerally I do not prefer audiobooks over the real deal. Mindy Kaling however calls for an exception. Like David Sedaris, listening to this in public is not advisable. Her writing is smart, candid and guffaw inducing. ‘Why Not Me ‘ deals with her journey from The Office to The Mindy Project and everything that happened in between. This includes quite a range of diverse topics from hair routines(all extensions) to shooting sex scenes (great fun). Talks about B J Novak, meeting the Obama’s and body image issues fit in there somewhere. My favourite section was undoubtedly the make believe alternate universe with Mindy Kaling’s Latin teaching alter ego. In spite of not being fond of romantic comedies (never saw those Meg Ryan movies) her epistolary narrative had me making emoji eyes. Mindy Kaling has the creative chops to rival any chick lit writer out there.
Beneath all the narcissistic and self depreciating commentary, the book has a heart. When the he laugh out loud moments gets spread out too far between the pages the book surprises you with some of Mindy’s very astute observations. This one was my probably my favourite:
“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you're succeeding. People do not get scared when you're failing. It calms them. But when you're winning, it makes them feel like they're losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should've tried to do something too, but now it's too late. And since they didn't, they want to stop you. You can't let them.”
I loved reading her essay addressed to the girl in the panel. Mindy Kaling like her on screen persona (I am now more confused between the two) has her weak moments. She candidly observes “But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatise me And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don't hate themselves. So that's why you need to be a little bit brave.” Her commentary reminds me of the thousand things I have found problematic about both body shaming and populist “love yourself” campaigns. While I cringe at every fair and lovely ad, I find Dove’s every hair is beautiful campaign and Woman’s day free spa offers equally repulsive. There are all these posts about "loving yourself" as a subversive act, but when market forces and fucking advertisements are again directing how to love yourself then the breed of elitist self obsessed snobs produced are almost as bad as body shamers.
To conclude, Mindy Kaling die hard fan or not I would still recommend this funny and short audiobook to everybody. ...more
Why even bother with a review, it is Marquez, it is magic. It has the power to make you miss your station in the metro and spend restless nights thinkWhy even bother with a review, it is Marquez, it is magic. It has the power to make you miss your station in the metro and spend restless nights thinking about its meaning. ...more