American actress Mindy Kaling has, on frequent occasions, made it a point to proudly embrace her desi roots in public. This time with Diwali around the corner, like a true Indian, Kaling has brought up the subject of sweets well in advance. Needless to say, this has sent Indian Twitter into a tizzy, given the relatability of the matter. Because even though Diwali is still three whole workdays away on November 14, haven’t we all begun dreaming of the mithai already?
The cherry on the cake – or rather the silver on the kaju barfi – is that Kaling, in broaching the subject of sweets, invited a response from Kamala Harris’ niece as well! Meena Harris, author, who like her aunt has Tamil origins, too expressed excitement at Kaling’s tweet.
Diwali Mithai In Los Angeles, Anyone?
Kaling, daughter of Tamil and Bengali immigrant parents, has positively taken on the festive pulse of Diwali. Sharing a piece by The New York Times, which detailed how much “Indians love Cadbury Chocolate,” Kaling asked her fans and followers: “Where are you getting your Diwali chocolate?”
And now I can focus on the important stuff! Where are you getting your Diwali chocolate? https://t.co/JG6vvti0wq
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 9, 2020
She followed that tweet with another one, where she asked for Indian sweet shop recommendations in Los Angeles – an appeal that Harris came over to echo:
omg please share
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 10, 2020
The mere mention of Indian sweets was enough to get desis going. While some dropped honest recommendations in the comments below, others salivated:
Jalebiiii 🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/zIyLi4D2PC
— MissRoshni (@MissRoshni) November 11, 2020
Mindy Kaling On Kamala Harris’ Win
On social media, Kaling and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have professed a long association. Posting a video of a conversation between them, Harris had written how Kaling had, a year ago, “invited me to her home to cook masala dosa and talk politics.”
Expressing affinity with Harris, Kaling had said in the video, “We both had mothers who were immigrants, who were scientists, who died far too young.” To this, Harris had responded: “I’m sure our mothers up there right now having a good cup of chai.”
Kaling had been publicly rooting for Harris’ win in the 2020 US Election. By virtue of their common South Indian ancestry and South-Asian origins, Kaling had expressed pride in Harris’ election to one of the topmost seats in the country as the first woman of colour. Mother to two children, a girl named Katherine Swati and a boy named Spencer, Kaling posted the following message after Harris’ victory:
Crying and holding my daughter, “look baby, she looks like us.” pic.twitter.com/Gy4MAPoNjy
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 7, 2020
Views expressed are the author’s own.