Mindy Kaling’s newborn daughter is named after her late mother

Mindy Kaling

The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling gave birth to a baby girl last week, in what felt like the shortest celebrity pregnancy ever, and she’s named her daughter after her late mum.

Katherine Swati

Mindy called her daughter Katherine and gave her a middle name to honour her mother – Swati. We’re told that young Katherine Swati Kaling made her appearance at 10:50am on December 15, in Los Angeles.

Katherine’s grandma, Dr Swati Chokalingam, died in 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Mindy’s show, The Mindy Project, was based partly on Swati’s life, and this baby has paid tribute to her legacy once again. Her co-stars have been vocal in their support of and delight in her pregnancy, seeing it as an homage to Mindy’s late mum.

“We were so thrilled for her,” actor Ed Weeks told ET. “The show started as a tribute to her mother, who very sadly passed away just as the show is being picked up, and it ends with her having a daughter of her own.”

“Incredibly fierce”

Mindy’s spoken about her mother very often, describing her as an inspiration and total rock.

“My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did,” she told NBC’s Sunday Today With Willie Geist. “My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. If I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I’d be so happy.”

She told InStyle Magazine that losing her mother put everything sharply into perspective.

“One inadvertent thing I’ve learned from her passing is that anything bad could happen to me professionally, but it would not be worse than one sad weekend,” she explained. “The experience of losing my mom was just so much worse than anything that could happen to me workwise. I could lose all my money, and I would be like, it’s fine.”

My mum was so special

She also confirmed that her bond with her mum had pushed becoming a mother much closer to the top of her bucket list. 

“I don’t have a particular urge to get married, but I do know with certainty that I want to have kids, because my relationship with [my mom] was so special. She was so proud of [my success]. She kept clippings of everything, I know she bored her patients with stories about me going to the Golden Globes, showing them photos of dresses I was picking between.”

Mindy has not commented on the birth of her daughter yet, nor shared details about who the other parent may be. Good for her.

Spilling the beans

The pregnancy was confirmed in an unplanned reveal by her A Wrinkle In Time co-star, Oprah Winfrey, but Mindy didn’t seem too peeved.

“She did announce it!” Mindy later told Ellen Degeneres in October. “If anyone is going to announce big news about your private life, Oprah Winfrey is the person. You can’t complain that much about it. And you also can’t be like, “Hey, Oprah, zip it’ — because she’s almost like a religious figure.”

Congratulations to Mindy on this new little bundle of joy!

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