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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    I really liked this book. I have to say I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I don't know If it was Kunal writing in Raj's voice, or Raj was the character Kunal's life experiences had completely prepared him to play. Kunal's self humour of himself and his culture is tongue in cheek funny. With everyone becoming more and more politically correct. This make a great change of place. Even though Kunal is a very funny fellow there is a genuinity about him that makes him really likeable I really liked this book. I have to say I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I don't know If it was Kunal writing in Raj's voice, or Raj was the character Kunal's life experiences had completely prepared him to play. Kunal's self humour of himself and his culture is tongue in cheek funny. With everyone becoming more and more politically correct. This make a great change of place. Even though Kunal is a very funny fellow there is a genuinity about him that makes him really likeable. The book starts from Kunal's early life, growing up in India, coming to America, his work and sacrifice till he got his big break, to meeting the live of his life. The book Is full of great advice given to Kunal which he wishes to pass on. This a great book for anyone who is a fan of Big Bang Theory, Raj or Kunal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    "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." An accurate depiction of the inner mechanisms of my mind while reading: I LOVE The Big Bang Theory. It has its flaws, but the writing's sharp and witty and I ship Shamy like mad. Yes, My Accent Is Real is pretty chronological. It starts when Kunal's in India, then his college years in America "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." An accurate depiction of the inner mechanisms of my mind while reading: I LOVE The Big Bang Theory. It has its flaws, but the writing's sharp and witty and I ship Shamy like mad. Yes, My Accent Is Real is pretty chronological. It starts when Kunal's in India, then his college years in America, how he landed the part of Raj, and ending with his marriage to Neha, Miss India. Oh, and he talks about his Big Bang audition. IN-DEPTH. Even if I weren't a giant fangirl, I would've given it five stars. The writing's solid and Kunal has this dry wit that positively springs off the page. "The truth is I wasn't great at understanding sarcasm, which seemed to be the root of all their jokes, so I ended up laughing constantly at things I had no idea about. And because I was not standing directly in front of them or in the circle of people surrounding them, I now realize I just looked like a guy who enjoyed laughing at walls." He's so appreciative of his life and fans, I can't help but want to reach through the page and ask for a hug. And an autograph. And a selfie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I'm going to be perfectly honest here, folks. Yes, I am a BIG fan of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, Kunal Nayyar is a very charming and sweet guy who comes across like your dorky, awkward brother in this book. However... This book is nowhere near the level of Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. It simply isn't. It isn't nearly as funny (while I sort of grinned internally at parts, I never came close to laughing out loud), and it feels more choppy and less memorable. Kunal Nayyar brings I'm going to be perfectly honest here, folks. Yes, I am a BIG fan of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, Kunal Nayyar is a very charming and sweet guy who comes across like your dorky, awkward brother in this book. However... This book is nowhere near the level of Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. It simply isn't. It isn't nearly as funny (while I sort of grinned internally at parts, I never came close to laughing out loud), and it feels more choppy and less memorable. Kunal Nayyar brings readers many, many stories from his past. Most have to do with his childhood in India, and a huge portion have to do with his misadventures in dating. Some of the stories are as short as a page or two, others are longer and more detailed, like the one where he meets his wife. Kunal appears to readers as he probably is in real life; a nice, easygoing guy who is fun to be around. Though most of the book is pleasant reading, none of it is really, really good stuff. His little quips are mildly amusing but they stop short of being something I'll smile at while thinking on the book later. Also, if you are reading this book hoping to get lots of insider stories about The Big Bang Theory, you might be disappointed. He doesn't go into too much detail about the show or his fellow cast members. Overall, this was an easy, enjoyable read, and if you are a big fan of Kunal's I'm sure you will enjoy learning a little more about him. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you know Raj (Rajesh Koothrapalli) and the rest of the nerds 💝 Watching season after season, I remember thinking about how the actors of such shows get selected and how they got so 'lucky'? Well, here's the behind the scenes to all that 'lucky'! The writing is so fun to read. And yes, it's got the right amount of humour to keep you entertained during the entire read. Some parts are real embarrassing to read about. This guy ☺️ But it's the times of struggle a If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you know Raj (Rajesh Koothrapalli) and the rest of the nerds 💝 Watching season after season, I remember thinking about how the actors of such shows get selected and how they got so 'lucky'? Well, here's the behind the scenes to all that 'lucky'! The writing is so fun to read. And yes, it's got the right amount of humour to keep you entertained during the entire read. Some parts are real embarrassing to read about. This guy ☺️ But it's the times of struggle and madness that got me more interested. The culture shock is evident as well. I really appreciate his ever supportive parents. Love the book! Another awesome memoir.

  5. 4 out of 5

    My_Strange_Reading

    I enjoyed this book much more than I ever thought I would! I was a casual big bang theory fan, and I really enjoyed the character he played, but his story was very endearing, funny and came full circle at the end!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Figgy

    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.You guys, it’s Raj from The Big Bang Theory! This book gives wonderful insight into Raj, that is to say the man behind Raj… That is to say Kunal Nayyar… Did you know that Raj was originally written as David Koothrappali? Aaaaanyway. As Kunal informs us from the outset; this is not a memoir. He’s not old enough for it to be a true memoir, but he has led a very interesting life, 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.You guys, it’s Raj from The Big Bang Theory! This book gives wonderful insight into Raj, that is to say the man behind Raj… That is to say Kunal Nayyar… Did you know that Raj was originally written as David Koothrappali? Aaaaanyway. As Kunal informs us from the outset; this is not a memoir. He’s not old enough for it to be a true memoir, but he has led a very interesting life, and we are offered entertaining snippets of misadventures, discoveries, and friendships he has made along the way. The rest of this review can be found here!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    I used to love TBBT for the first three seasons and Raj's character in the show. But afterwards, it started to go more racist and stereotypical about Indians and also it was misogynist. I still finished watching it because I wanted to know how would they handle Raj's character, which was handled very very poorly in my opinion. I do however like the actor playing the character, he did justice to whatever the writers were throwing at him or is it the directors? I don't know. I also like Kunal Nayy I used to love TBBT for the first three seasons and Raj's character in the show. But afterwards, it started to go more racist and stereotypical about Indians and also it was misogynist. I still finished watching it because I wanted to know how would they handle Raj's character, which was handled very very poorly in my opinion. I do however like the actor playing the character, he did justice to whatever the writers were throwing at him or is it the directors? I don't know. I also like Kunal Nayyar's love of selfies, his wife, his dog and his self-depreciating throwback photos (I follow him on Instagram). Also, I am trying to read non-fiction and biographies so I ended up reading this. It was a fun read, very humorous and witty. Kunal's writing is easy to read and he writes about his childhood in India, moving to America, getting Raj's role and Indian culture which had me in splits and was my favorite part of the book. Some people can find it offensive or get bored with it but I loved it. There were times when the book dragged a bit but other than that I really enjoyed it. I think I am going to dip my toes in non-fiction and memoirs a bit more. 3.75 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This is pretty cute, actually. Charming. It’s self-deprecating because of course it is and that's what makes it so sweet. Actually, I like humble humor, despite being one of the non-humble pieces of humanity, myself. His tales are funny but not polished, more on the awkward side of storytelling. This could all be a guise, written from a persona and not the author's actual point of view but, I’d be ok with that. I’ll take this at face value and appreciate my enjoyment. It’s nice to hear positivity, This is pretty cute, actually. Charming. It’s self-deprecating because of course it is and that's what makes it so sweet. Actually, I like humble humor, despite being one of the non-humble pieces of humanity, myself. His tales are funny but not polished, more on the awkward side of storytelling. This could all be a guise, written from a persona and not the author's actual point of view but, I’d be ok with that. I’ll take this at face value and appreciate my enjoyment. It’s nice to hear positivity, to hear so much simple upbeatness. Again, this all may be an affectation - the author is an actor, after all - but since I gravitate to the snarky, to the mean, to the dark, to the pragmatic, this was a nice break. I especially loved the advice from his father. Yes, it's a bit cheesey, yes, it’s ridiculously Rockwellian (in as much as a family in India can be Rockwellian) but it’s also exactly what parents should be trying to teach their kids: Cushion your life so that there’s always a fall-back plan should things go wrong, treat people with respect but don’t let people be disrespectful of you or others, and my favorite: Surround yourself with people that you love. Give freely. Don’t expect it back I was absolutely delighted to hear that Nayyar doesn’t like feet. My heart swelled when he started ranting about that. Feet. Ugh. Once they've surpassed ten years of age, they become gross things. Blargh. This isn't an in-depth self-study full of poignant cultural epiphanies, though there's a smattering of all of that throughout. Rather, it's a light-hearted, pleasant, amusing, enjoyable look at the overall trajectory of Nayyar's life, thus far. And since he reads his own biography, it's fun to listen to, especially if you're a fan of "The Big Bang Theory."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    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. With that unmistakable voice of his, I heard Kunal Nayyar in my head while reading. If you watch The Big Bang Theory regularly, you will recognize the geeky and awkward, yet lovable Raj. The tone is light and funny overal, but the part where I burst out laughing several times, was when he recounted his wedding(days). Days, as in multiple days of traditional rituals and ho 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. With that unmistakable voice of his, I heard Kunal Nayyar in my head while reading. If you watch The Big Bang Theory regularly, you will recognize the geeky and awkward, yet lovable Raj. The tone is light and funny overal, but the part where I burst out laughing several times, was when he recounted his wedding(days). Days, as in multiple days of traditional rituals and hosting guests. Living in a country where we have Christian, Indian, Muslim, Maroon, Chinese and Javanese national holidays and traditions, I recognized and visualized these happenings vividly. Upon returning to India for the wedding, he was awaited at the airport by his bride-to-be and around 25 family members as his welcome commmittee. Here, if a traveler of Indian descent arrives or departs, the family arranges for a bus to load all family members and friends to either welcome or see off their loved one. A visit to a vacation resort will have them attend with no less than ten people. Guess it must be something in their genes. Before arriving at that big finale, along the way he tells us about his childhood in India, the partying (or lack thereof) during his college years in the US and his first steps in an acting career. All in this slightly amused tone of voice. If you are in need of a dose of light reading and some amusement, this book will definitely provide.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mounaim kamel

    This one was a nice break from YA drama dystopian non-sense for a while, what i can say about the book is that sometimes it was so funny, but other times it was so boring. So yeah it was Okay! For those who are planning to read the book thinking that it is a memoir, Kunal tells you in the first paragraph that “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.” I never knew that Kunal is a Buddhist, had a Muslim friend, an This one was a nice break from YA drama dystopian non-sense for a while, what i can say about the book is that sometimes it was so funny, but other times it was so boring. So yeah it was Okay! For those who are planning to read the book thinking that it is a memoir, Kunal tells you in the first paragraph that “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.” I never knew that Kunal is a Buddhist, had a Muslim friend, an Israeli friend and lived a westernized adulthood!! The book will teach you so many things about Indian culture and life, what i liked most about the book is that many things were so reliable, yet sometimes i felt like he was exaggerating, but overall it was reliable. Just to give you an example: “in our school we had to actually present our work in front of the entire student body, In theory, the rest of the students would listen to the presentation, admire the hard work, and ask insightful follow-up questions to further our understanding. In reality, we used this as an opportunity to ask questions to screw up the presenter. We took notes, looked for weaknesses, and tried to figure out the trickiest question that would stump them.” I lost it here, I read these lines in 2 AM and started laughing out loud like an idiot, i don’t know about you guys in the other parts of the world, but this was the case when we had presentations too, (and i am not an Indian) Anyways, if you are a fan of the big bang theory and want to know more about the real Raj, you will like this book, but don’t expect to laugh though out the entire book, there are funny moments, but there are also sad moments, life lessons and i-lived-that-too moments

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This memoir is a delight. Nayyar writes in a warm, humorous tone that is very much down-to-earth. These anecdotes from Nayyar’s life span from his childhood in India to his current success as an actor (and lots of stuff in between). I have a deep respect for Nayyar after reading this memoir. For one thing, he seems kind and capable of deep emotion; at one point, he tells of something that moved him to tears. I also like his descriptions of India, and of its holidays and festivals. Which one is i This memoir is a delight. Nayyar writes in a warm, humorous tone that is very much down-to-earth. These anecdotes from Nayyar’s life span from his childhood in India to his current success as an actor (and lots of stuff in between). I have a deep respect for Nayyar after reading this memoir. For one thing, he seems kind and capable of deep emotion; at one point, he tells of something that moved him to tears. I also like his descriptions of India, and of its holidays and festivals. Which one is is favorite? All of them, apparently. (See? I told you he could be funny!) But more than anything else, I am impressed by Nayyar’s courage in writing not just about his achievements, but about his failures and his regrets. In some places, his tone is somber and even humble, and he doesn’t shrink from the truth, however painful. He doesn’t try to shield himself or make excuses. He writes about his family, his friends, his colleagues; he writes about his life. He has a way with words and an excellent instinct for storytelling. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Nayyar. I strongly recommend this, not just to fans of his television show, but to anyone who likes interesting memoirs by interesting people. This is definitely worth it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I'm going to say something that will probably make me sound racist. Confession time: I definitely didn't pay attention to who the author was, and the screen I was looking at this on was so small that I couldn't really see the face very well. So I definitely thought that this was a book written by the comedian Kumail Nanjiani. Who, for the record, isn't Indian like Kunal Nayyar. He's Pakistani. Oops. Here's a photo, in case you're wondering who he is: I realized pretty quickly my mistake, and that I'm going to say something that will probably make me sound racist. Confession time: I definitely didn't pay attention to who the author was, and the screen I was looking at this on was so small that I couldn't really see the face very well. So I definitely thought that this was a book written by the comedian Kumail Nanjiani. Who, for the record, isn't Indian like Kunal Nayyar. He's Pakistani. Oops. Here's a photo, in case you're wondering who he is: I realized pretty quickly my mistake, and that sort of decreased my interest a little. I am not a fan of Big Bang Theory; I've tried multiple times to watch it and it just doesn't do anything for me. But this actor is a surprisingly gifted storyteller, and I enjoyed all the short little stories about his life. The respect and admiration he had for his father was palpable. They were fun little bits and I enjoyed it, even though I was expecting something totally different initially. Maybe Kumail Nanjiani will write one now?

  13. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    Really enjoyed this book. It was a funny,sweet,honest light read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Kunal Nyyar is officially my husband.

  15. 5 out of 5

    zainab_booklover

    I started reading this autobiography after I fished reading another comedian’s memoir Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. And since I found the latter disappointing, I assumed it will be also the case with Kunal Nayyar's Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You, fortunately I’m was wrong about that. ^_^ Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You is an amusing paradoxical mixture of lightness and depth. It is narrated in a light ton I started reading this autobiography after I fished reading another comedian’s memoir Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. And since I found the latter disappointing, I assumed it will be also the case with Kunal Nayyar's Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You, fortunately I’m was wrong about that. ^_^ Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You is an amusing paradoxical mixture of lightness and depth. It is narrated in a light tone but the experiences and wisdom gained from going through these experiences are definitely deep. One of the things I liked was the notes dropped at the end of certain chapters that were usually titled: A Thought Recorded on an Aeroplane Cocktail Napkin. Another thing is that since I’m a fan of the TV show The Big Bang Theory; you would expect that I’ll be looking for Raj in Kunal However it was the reverse I started looking for Kunal in raj whenever I watch the show and it made me like the show even more. Quoting Kunal’s father ♥: ‘‘If it happens, good. If it doesn’t happen, very good.’’

  16. 5 out of 5

    Saipriya

    Rajesh Koothrappali ( Kunal Nayyar) is one of my favorite characters from The Big Bang Theory. And, when I saw a book written by him I couldn't wait to read it. ☺ "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. " he says. And, it's true. The book is about his childhood, his college days, how he got into The Big Bang Theory, his marriage, his Rajesh Koothrappali ( Kunal Nayyar) is one of my favorite characters from The Big Bang Theory. And, when I saw a book written by him I couldn't wait to read it. ☺ "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. " he says. And, it's true. The book is about his childhood, his college days, how he got into The Big Bang Theory, his marriage, his idols whom he met on the show, and much more. It has got honesty and humor. I enjoyed reading this interesting book. Inspiring. I'd recommend this book to the people who loved watching him and his show.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Hilarious, Sweet, Inspiring & Witty! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carly O'Connell

    I received the excerpt of this book at BEA 2015, and I have to say Kunal is as sweet and funny as the character he plays on the Big Bang Theory. The essay collection had me laughing out loud while reading it in a sandwich shop, and I cannot wait to read the full thing. My favorite chapters so far were the one about his first kiss and the one about the Indian tradition of rakhi.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    As a fan of The Big Bang Theory I couldn't pass up the chance to learn more about the endearing actor who plays Raj Koothrappali, actor Kunal Nayyar. Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven't Told You is a collection of stories and anecdotes from his life. It begins with stories from his childhood in India spent dreaming of kissing Winnie from 'The Wonder Years' and playing badminton like a champ, before moving on to his time at college in the US, his interest in acting and landing As a fan of The Big Bang Theory I couldn't pass up the chance to learn more about the endearing actor who plays Raj Koothrappali, actor Kunal Nayyar. Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven't Told You is a collection of stories and anecdotes from his life. It begins with stories from his childhood in India spent dreaming of kissing Winnie from 'The Wonder Years' and playing badminton like a champ, before moving on to his time at college in the US, his interest in acting and landing the role of Raj on the The Big Bang Theory. Kunar also writes about his family, especially his admiration for his father, his joy at marrying his wife, and his enjoyment and respect for the cultural traditions of his country. I was a little disappointed there wasn't more about his daily life as part of The Big Bang Theory cast though. Kunal proves to be a sweet, genuine and self deprecating storyteller. Yes, My Accent is Real is a charming, funny and easy read. * Please note I choose not to rate memoirs

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cher

    3 stars - It was good. A sweet collection of snippets from Kunal's life that evoke a nostalgic feel with intermittent chuckles. There is not a ton about The Big Bang Theory within, but it is wonderfully lovely on its own. ------------------------------------------- Favorite Quote: It’s interesting how we can go from severe insecurity about a relationship to absolute security as soon you see that person face-to-face. We make monsters in our head when we’re alone, and they just as quickly vanish whe 3 stars - It was good. A sweet collection of snippets from Kunal's life that evoke a nostalgic feel with intermittent chuckles. There is not a ton about The Big Bang Theory within, but it is wonderfully lovely on its own. ------------------------------------------- Favorite Quote: It’s interesting how we can go from severe insecurity about a relationship to absolute security as soon you see that person face-to-face. We make monsters in our head when we’re alone, and they just as quickly vanish when you’re together. First Sentences: Sometimes people ask me, “Why are you writing a memoir? You’re only thirty-four."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Robinson

    Listened to this on Audible for audio books and really enjoyed it. Not super funny, but I don't think it's meant to be. It's more of a commentary on life, achieving your goals, and coming full circle. Really enjoyable. Listened to this on Audible for audio books and really enjoyed it. Not super funny, but I don't think it's meant to be. It's more of a commentary on life, achieving your goals, and coming full circle. Really enjoyable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pyone Lei Lei Mon

    To take a break from the Harry Potter series with a light reading, this book was picked half expecting it would be light and funny enough, and half expecting I can finish it in a couple of days so that I can carry on with the HP series. It is more than that, I learned innumerable, invaluable lessons as a human being from this memoir. I can see how much effort he had put in to this book, unlike some of the so-called celebrity writers. His English is, unsurprisingly, impeccable. This book can be s To take a break from the Harry Potter series with a light reading, this book was picked half expecting it would be light and funny enough, and half expecting I can finish it in a couple of days so that I can carry on with the HP series. It is more than that, I learned innumerable, invaluable lessons as a human being from this memoir. I can see how much effort he had put in to this book, unlike some of the so-called celebrity writers. His English is, unsurprisingly, impeccable. This book can be shelved as 'humor' yet, his life-stories are mostly filled with humility and hardship. His lesson on ethnicity and being a minority in a foreign land, is too precious. Sometimes, we use that as a defense mechanism when we can't accept the failure, but in reality, "We just aren't good enough". One of my favorite quotes: "This is what we do to people when we're intimidated: we make them out to be monsters so we're more comfortable with ourselves. We judge. We demonize them to brace ourselves for rejection." He gained my love as Raj in TBBT, and now he achieved my respect as a writer.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pink Wine

    Yes, my accent is real is not just a memoir but a book on acknowledging all the people who gave him the love and support he needed while riding the race horse. He has sincerely thanked his parents, his friends and even some people who left an negative impression in his life. He has shared in detail how these people have influenced him in becoming the person he is right now. I loved the part where Kunal talks about his father being a strong pillar of support, his first crush, his male life-partne Yes, my accent is real is not just a memoir but a book on acknowledging all the people who gave him the love and support he needed while riding the race horse. He has sincerely thanked his parents, his friends and even some people who left an negative impression in his life. He has shared in detail how these people have influenced him in becoming the person he is right now. I loved the part where Kunal talks about his father being a strong pillar of support, his first crush, his male life-partner Dziko who stood by his side all the time during high school and most importantly Chuck Lorre. Like every successful person, Kunal Nayyar had his share of rise and falls which he quite freely shares with us. Read more at https://thebibliophile2016.wordpress....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vinayak

    I don't think I have enough time left on this earth to read all the books that I want to read. That being said this book is not a self adoration journey, not a memoir just a common man(maybe not so common, he does portray the role of Rajesh Koothrapali in The Big Bang Theory) telling us about a few of his life stories that probably play a slightly significant part in his life narrative. There are no great life lessons here, no uncommon wisdom, but it all comes together pretty well. The writing is I don't think I have enough time left on this earth to read all the books that I want to read. That being said this book is not a self adoration journey, not a memoir just a common man(maybe not so common, he does portray the role of Rajesh Koothrapali in The Big Bang Theory) telling us about a few of his life stories that probably play a slightly significant part in his life narrative. There are no great life lessons here, no uncommon wisdom, but it all comes together pretty well. The writing is witty, engaging and not pretentious. You might want to give this joyride a try.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    I've watched TBBT since it debuted and was interested to learn more about Kunal Nayyar. I enjoyed this breezy recollection of his life journey to date. He sounds like he has his head on straight. His parents sound like they are very wise, loving people who have given the very best of themselves so that their children know happiness. I've watched TBBT since it debuted and was interested to learn more about Kunal Nayyar. I enjoyed this breezy recollection of his life journey to date. He sounds like he has his head on straight. His parents sound like they are very wise, loving people who have given the very best of themselves so that their children know happiness.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    Okay I have a disclaimer at the very beginning! I am not one of the ‘fans’ of The Big Bang Theory. I mean, of course I know about the tv show and I have actually watched quite a few episodes but I do not watch it every week religiously. If there’s nothing else to do, I just might watch another episode – and it is because of Raj (Kunal Nayyar) It is not every day that you get to see an Indian playing one of lead characters on an international series (Okay so Priyanka Chopra is making waves – but Okay I have a disclaimer at the very beginning! I am not one of the ‘fans’ of The Big Bang Theory. I mean, of course I know about the tv show and I have actually watched quite a few episodes but I do not watch it every week religiously. If there’s nothing else to do, I just might watch another episode – and it is because of Raj (Kunal Nayyar) It is not every day that you get to see an Indian playing one of lead characters on an international series (Okay so Priyanka Chopra is making waves – but only recently). So, the book piqued my interest as I wanted to know about his experience. This book may be autobiographical, but is far from an autobiography. In his own words “This is a collection of stories from my life." And a collection of stories it is! From talking about business management courses to acting classes, from cleaning toilets to working in an IT firm, from crushes to love, from kissing to wedding, from sports to tv series, from traditions to lectures, Kunal Nayyar talks about it all. Each chapter from this book could be in fact counted as a chapter in his life. The way he cares it all makes you believe in the book – which it in fact full of facts rather than fiction. Kunal Nayyar catches your attention with his with right from the preface of the book and doesn’t let go till the end. The way he has narrated these stories makes you like him instantly. He has managed to maintain a balance in his narration where nothing feels exaggerated nor embellished. The best part of it all is the way he has delivered it all with a pinch of wit which is sometime even self-deprecating. His voice feels humble and honest throughout. And yes, his accent is real ;)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a fantastic book and, maybe not so surprisingly, I learned far more in it than i expected to when I started my journey on page 1. If you're not familiar, Kunal Nayyar plays Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. I've always thought he seemed like he would be a fun guy to be around off-set, and this book pretty much confirms that theory. It's laced with the humor that you would come to expect from someone on a prime-time sitcom, and just about every chapter finishes with an insightful c This was a fantastic book and, maybe not so surprisingly, I learned far more in it than i expected to when I started my journey on page 1. If you're not familiar, Kunal Nayyar plays Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. I've always thought he seemed like he would be a fun guy to be around off-set, and this book pretty much confirms that theory. It's laced with the humor that you would come to expect from someone on a prime-time sitcom, and just about every chapter finishes with an insightful comment that you don't really realize you're reading until you've finished the chapter going "huh...I never thought of it that way." It's a typical memoir about an actor's journey through his career, but what I loved reading about most was how much he truly and deeply appreciates his culture and heritage. There are 4-5 sections throughout the book where he explains various celebrations that occur in Indian culture and the meaning behind them, and how important they are to his family. The description of his wedding was even more interesting...6 days for an Indian wedding?! 6 DAYS?! Each day leading up to the day of the actual wedding. It was honestly fascinating. If you like BBT (and even if you don't), if you like memoirs/biographies, if you need a good laugh...go read this. It's short and therefore it won't take much of your time. But you'll come out having learned SO MUCH...and wanting to hang out with Kunal, too, but that's a given.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    If there ever was a book that was meant to be enjoyed as an audio, it’s this book. Superbly performed by the author, if you read the print version, you missed out. Kunal Nayyar shares a variety of stories about himself and his life in India and in the United States. Some are humorous, some are sad, and some are informative, but all are entertaining. Self-deprecating and honest, Kunal relays stories about coming to the United States for college, about his time in drama classes, and about several If there ever was a book that was meant to be enjoyed as an audio, it’s this book. Superbly performed by the author, if you read the print version, you missed out. Kunal Nayyar shares a variety of stories about himself and his life in India and in the United States. Some are humorous, some are sad, and some are informative, but all are entertaining. Self-deprecating and honest, Kunal relays stories about coming to the United States for college, about his time in drama classes, and about several of his auditions and the parts he didn’t get. Also included is the anguish he felt while waiting to hear back from the producers of Big Bang Theory. Kunal also includes some good advice in this collection of stories; some he garnered from his father and some he acquired through his own life experiences. He comes across as a person you’d like to have as a friend, and considering there were at least a thousand people at his wedding to a former Miss India, there must be a lot of people who feel the same way. Enlightening and entertaining, this memoir shows that Kunal is a gifted author as well as an actor.

  29. 4 out of 5

    SpookySoto

    This book is ok. As always, I recommend this types of books in audiobook format, they're almost always narrated by the author themselves and are easier to get in to. You don't have to be as concentrated in the narration and is a good book to listen on the way to and from work (school, whatever). By now I don't expect them to be LOL funny, every other one I've read haven't been funny at all (Hated bossy pants and yes please). If you're interested in getting to know Kunal, I recommend it. This book This book is ok. As always, I recommend this types of books in audiobook format, they're almost always narrated by the author themselves and are easier to get in to. You don't have to be as concentrated in the narration and is a good book to listen on the way to and from work (school, whatever). By now I don't expect them to be LOL funny, every other one I've read haven't been funny at all (Hated bossy pants and yes please). If you're interested in getting to know Kunal, I recommend it. This book is a series of short anecdotes from his life, told with a little humor, but as I said before, not laughing out loud humor. If you want to know more of his role on The big bang theory, this book doesn't cover much. It tells us how he got the part and little bit more, but doesn't go in depth in it. He doesn't cover the other actors in the show. So this's not a big bang theory gossip book. I found Kunal very down to earth and charming. I liked getting to know him a little more through this book. I recommend it if you too want to know a bit more about his life and journey as an actor.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sumit Singla

    Kunal Nayyar (or Raj from The Big Bang Theory) manages to provide a smattering of funny moments in his 'memoir'. However, one of the foremost things to remember about the book is that it doesn't seem to be written for an Indian reader at all - else, we wouldn't have seen lengthy passages setting context about Indian festivals or weddings. Also, of course I didn't find these bits funny at all, considering I'm Indian and get to see these things on a regular basis. But my larger complaint is that the Kunal Nayyar (or Raj from The Big Bang Theory) manages to provide a smattering of funny moments in his 'memoir'. However, one of the foremost things to remember about the book is that it doesn't seem to be written for an Indian reader at all - else, we wouldn't have seen lengthy passages setting context about Indian festivals or weddings. Also, of course I didn't find these bits funny at all, considering I'm Indian and get to see these things on a regular basis. But my larger complaint is that the book is not laugh-out-loud funny. And some portions read too much like a self-help book - and a bad one at that. Overall, my suggestion would be to avoid the book and carry on watching the author in his on-screen avatar.

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