Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You by Kunal NayyarYes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You by Kunal Nayyar

Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

byKunal Nayyar

Hardcover | February 23, 2017

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In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS’s #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.

Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory—the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist—ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.

Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)

Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.
Title:Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told YouFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 23, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny very funny and an easy read
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! I enjoyed reading this! He is super funny and sweet and the story with his wife melted me!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad A quick read with some funny moments.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and Funny You've probably heard of "The Big Bang Theory"...it's one of the biggest sitcoms on TV right now. Kunal Nayyar plays one of the central characters, Raj, an astrophysicist with selective mutism that prevents him from talking to women unless he's had alcohol. I don't watch the show very much anymore, but I wanted to read the book because I've seen some of Kunal's interviews and he's funny...plus, I think Raj is adorable. Kunal makes it very clear at the beginning that this is not an autobiography – he's way too young for that – it's more of a collection of stories from his life. The book is split into sections; for example, there's a recurring segment about Indian holiday traditions, and another containing thoughts he had on an "aeroplane" (I don't hear airplanes referred to that way very often, but I love it when I do!). I really loved the sections where he tells us about the different Indian festivals as they sound so fascinating and beautiful. He's clearly very proud of his heritage - see "Why Being Indian Is Cool" - which I'm always glad to hear about. Kunal is a great storyteller and he comes across as sweet and funny in the stories he tells. In his book, he tells us all about his school life and how he came to decide to be an actor - I always find it so interesting to hear about how actors decided what they wanted to do and how they broke into the business. I particularly loved a couple of the stories: one was a hilarious recounting of a job he had in IT at his university, and another was about an unorthodox audition he had in an Apple Store. There were also some very sweet moments. Kunal talks about the deep friendships he's made and how life affects these relationships sometimes. He also talks about meeting and falling in love with his wife, as well as his wedding - which, let me tell you, sounded incredible and beautiful. All in all, there are lots of funny and touching stories within these pages - you don't have to be a "Big Bang" fan to enjoy it, though it would probably help. And yes, his accent is real.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and hilarious I love The Big Bang Theory. All the characters are great but I definitely have a soft spot for Raj. Imagine my excitement when I found out that the actor who plays him was coming out with a book!! I haven't read very many memoirs or other books along the lines of this one but I hope all the ones I do read in the future are as enjoyable as this! Nayyar is, along with being an incredible actor, an amazing storyteller. It took me no time at all to become completely engrossed in the story he wants to share. Now, it's a collection of essays but they ultimately add up to the collective story of Kunal. I knew him as Raj and that was about it. Yes, My Accent is Real gives a look at the man behind the astrophysicist. Let me tell you, this man is JUST as funny as his character and the show he's on. His style is self-deprecating, hilarious, and real. I felt like Kunal could be having a conversation with just me, telling me the stories over a cup of coffee or something. I mean, I'm even inclined to just refer to him Kunal now because he did it so often in the book! (Clearly this means we're friends now :D ) Aside from getting a new BFF, this book also made me think. A lot of the struggles he shares with us, the lessons weaved into the essays, and how relatable the book was got my brain working. I had a few very self-reflective moments, thought about where I'm headed and what I need to do to get where I want to be. It's also great to know that someone in such an incredible position had things go so off-track from what they had planned as well. Sometimes I feel like I'm struggling proportionately more than I should in certain aspects of life and it's good to know I'm not alone! Thanks for the motivation, Kunal! Another aspect I absolutely adored in this collection was the cultural exploration. I didn't know much about India or their culture but there are so many interesting details included in the essays. I loved reading about the various holidays, traditions, events, and daily-life tidbits of somewhere so different from Canada. What made it even better was the real-life commentary added in by Kunal. Yes, he tells us what the different festivites are all about, what they entail, and such but the pieces about how they fit into his daily experience (like how a Rakhi can put you firmly in the friendzone...and for the record, I'd totally buy an album from 19 Rakhiz) are the truly special part. His experience of life in the United States and how his Indian heritage shapes his life is so interesting and genuine. You can tell his culture is something he is proud of and would love for us to all know more about it.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and endearing As a big fan of the The Big Bang Theory and the character of Rajesh Koothrappali I was looking forward to this book by Kunal and it did not disappoint. Its a splendid mix of sincerity, comedy, and wisdom. I found the thoughts on airplane napkins to be really inspiring.
Date published: 2015-09-22

Read from the Book

Yes, My Accent Is Real Preface SOMETIMES PEOPLE ASK ME, “WHY are you writing a memoir? You’re only thirty-four.” This is not a memoir. I’m not a president, or an astronaut, or a Kardashian. This is a collection of stories from my life. It is not an “I was born in . . .” type of book. I was born in London and raised in New Delhi. When I was eighteen, after maneuvering my way through a billion people and a few cows,I I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I studied business, cleaned toilets, lied my way into an IT job, and fell in love twenty-seven times. I went on to get my master’s in acting in Philadelphia, auditioned for a play in the basement of an Apple Store in New York City, and spent four hours a day commuting on a bus in Los Angeles. Somehow this crazy journey landed me on a little television show called The Big Bang Theory. Here are some things that happened to me along the way. I. Obligatory cow joke. The first of many.

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“An international tale of fame and fortune, Yes, My Accent is Real could be The Big Bang Theory drug you’re aching for."