Mindy Kaling's brother is making more news than his sister today, after revelations that he's working on a book called "Almost Black: The True Story Of An Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing As An African American," which details his efforts to improve his chances to get into med school by posing as a black man. Vijay Chokalingam claims he trimmed his eyelashes, shaved his head, went by a different first name and joined the Organization of Black Students as an experiment to see if affirmative action programs at prestigious schools would make it more likely for him to get in. He eventually got into St. Louis University School of Medicine, which he attended for two years before dropping out to get an MBA.
It seems that affirmative action is a cause of particular interest to Chokalingam, whose Twitter bio lists him as Mindy Kaling's brother/nemesis and "Affirmative Action Hacktivist who posed as black to get into medical school." Per his site, the book will combine the humor of the '80s movie "Soul Man" with the "wrenching observations of John Howard Griffin's 'Black Like Me.'"
And just how is his sister taking this news? Not too well. In an interview with the New York Post, Chokalingam admitted that his sister told him this little experiment would "bring shame on the family." As a general rule, we would hazard to suggest that pretending to be black is not usually an idea that will bring pride to your family, Vijay.