So I had over 20 books – picture books once again – picked out for a post about women of color in the arts. For it is International Women of Color Day, as well as Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day on this first day of Women’s History Month. I even created a collage with their covers, and started writing my thoughts on them. But then, I wanted to shift from picture books for today, just because… so here are some wacky wonderful words of wisdom and wellbeing plus a book review written by a woman of color too.
As for that big list of wonderful picture book biographies, I will be sharing them later this month.
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Wacky Wonderful and Wise
Kind of Hindu
Kind of Hindu (Nothing Like I Imagined) by Mindy Kaling
Description: What if only kind of knowing your family’s heritage is actually kind of lame? In this short read, part of Nothing Like I Imagined, Mindy Kaling talks about being a Hindu, kind of!
Granted this is a super short read but totally worth a read. Infused with Kaling’s trademark humor and those unexpected words of wisdom as well as ones that tug at heartstrings! While having a Tamil parent (parents in my case) is the thing we have in common, I sometimes feel like Kaling too, ‘kind of Hindu’.
Like her, I am more focused on the cultural aspects of my background than the religious ones. Unlike her, I grew up in India, being a part of all that culture and religion and traditions have to offer us on a daily basis. But I still found myself feeling some truth in her words when she talks about how being a parent led her to look at viewing being a Hindu differently, and how much “more” of anything should she become for her daughter.
Comparisons aside, I loved this and will be reading the rest of the short reads in this series (there are 6 in total). Best of all, they are free to read if you have a Prime account.
Last but not the least, and not really a spoiler, but Mindy talks about a hypothetical show in Kind of Hindu referring to her excellent Indian food ordering skills. I would enjoy watching that show (she calls it Masala Mindy) if it ever became a reality (a reality show!)
Wacky Wonderful Words of Wisdom and Wellbeing
Now, on to a few wacky and wonderful words of wisdom and wellbeing for you. That is, kind of wacky, kind of funny quotes about being wise and physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. These ones made me smile while also pondering at the implicit truth of the statements! And since March 1st is Share a Smile Day, I decided to share these with you in the hopes that they bring a smile one way or the other to your face.
“When ‘i’ is replaced by ‘we,’ even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness.'” – Anon
“Happiness is nothing more than good health and bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.” – Groucho Marx
“What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up.” – Anon
“Why hoard your troubles? They have no market value, so just throw them away.” —Ann Schade
“Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you’re done.” – Unknown
Don’t let anyone rent a space in your head unless they’re a good tenant.
“Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?” —Ray Kroc
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, hope you enjoyed the quotes and maybe you will pick up Kaling’s book to read. I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations, as always!