Mindy Kaling has honoured her late mother with her child’s middle name: Swati.
News that the actress had given birth to her first child – a daughter, called Katherine Kaling – earlier this month broke yesterday.
E! News is now reporting that Katherine Kaling’s middle name is Swati, in honour of Mindy’s late mother, Dr. Swati Chokalingam, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2012.
Chokalingham worked as an OBG/YN, which Kaling’s character also worked as on The Mindy Project.
“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 [spoilers] her having a daughter of her own,” said Kaling’s co-star Ed Weeks, who plays Dr. Jeremy Reed on the show, when news that she was expecting a daughter broke.
Kaling, who is notoriously private, hasn’t revealed the father of her child, and gave her daughter her own last name – which fans have been loving.
Mindy Kaling’s daughter having her last name is officially the middle finger to the patriarchy that 2017 needed.
— erika abdelatif holien (@erikaabdelatif) December 20, 2017
It’s also been a huge week for Kaling, who has several other major projects – Ocean’s 8, A Wrinkle In Time – reaching the point of mass-hype this week, the former with a dope ass trailer and the latter with an unbelievable TIME cover.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 18, 2017