Vera Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), professionally known as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer who played Kelly Kapoor on the NBC sitcom The Office, as well as developing and starring in The Mindy Project. Kaling is also a co-executive producer and writer of several of the show's episodes. Kaling was born Vera Chokalingam in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to a Tamil father and Bengali mother from India. Her father Avu is an architect and her mother Swati was a gynecologist. She has been referred to as Mindy ever since her mother was pregnant with her when her parents were living in Nigeria. They were already planning to move to the United States and wanted a 'cute American name' for their daughter, and liked the name Mindy from the TV_show Mork & Mindy.
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