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

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-04-30 11:38

    "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.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-05-13 16:34

    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**

  • Figgy
    2019-05-14 13:34

    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!

  • Erica
    2019-05-03 12:52

    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 backI 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."

  • Sandra
    2019-05-12 14:43

    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.

  • SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    2019-05-20 15:40

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

  • Brenda Ayala
    2019-05-21 11:25

    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?

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2019-05-14 16:24

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

  • Carly O'Connell
    2019-05-17 17:43

    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.

  • Mounim Kamel
    2019-05-15 10:37

    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

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-05-21 10:44

    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

  • Anamica
    2019-04-26 16:40

    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....

  • Sarah Robinson
    2019-04-28 09:29

    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.

  • zainab_booklover
    2019-05-10 17:45

    I started reading this autobiography after I fished reading another comedian’s memoirMindy Kaling'sIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. And since I found the latter disappointing, I assumed it will be also the case withKunal Nayyar'sYes, 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.’’

  • Pyone Lei Lei Mon
    2019-05-18 13:38

    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.

  • Cher
    2019-05-12 14:32

    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."

  • Vinayak Kesarwani
    2019-05-10 10:32

    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.

  • Randee
    2019-05-17 09:52

    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.

  • Shayantani Das
    2019-05-22 09:33

    I mean Meh.

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2019-04-30 12:32

    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 ;)

  • Sarah
    2019-05-21 14:32

    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.

  • Sumit Singla
    2019-05-26 17:42

    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.

  • Mary Bronson
    2019-05-17 14:24

    I thought that is was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed reading it. Kunal Nayyar tells great stories of his life and advice. Once I got started it was hard to put down. The only time I did have to put it down was when I was going to work and doing other stuff. I hope he would write more stuff later on in the future.

  • Katina
    2019-05-22 12:36

    Skip this one. I checked this book out because I was looking for a quick read without having to put a book on hold...and I guess that's exactly what I got. :) It was really quick because I skimmed most of it. lol.

  • Hobart
    2019-05-18 17:35

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---This book was all sorts of okay. Occasionally more, rarely less. It's a series of (primarily) autobiographical essays about his childhood in India, his family, his time in Portland during college, training as an actor, and his break on a little show you may have heard of, The Big Bang Theory. He closed the book by talking about meeting, courting and marrying his wife -- probably the book's emotional highpoint (the portions about his father are a close second). Some are a page or two in length, some are longer. Nayyar doesn't always come across looking good, he's quick to point out his own shortcomings and how he's trying to be a better person following that. Overall, he's a decent guy, and that comes across pretty clearly.As a fan of Raj, like (I'm assuming) 98.75% of the readers of this book, I enjoyed what little time he spent talking about the character and playing him. I particularly appreciated what he said about Raj's selective mutism, the choices he made to depict that, and the audience's reaction to that.Some of these stories, I'd heard Nayyar tell before -- like on Aisha Tyler's podcast -- in written form, with new (or fewer) details was nice, and unlike some, having previous exposure didn't hurt the book.Pleasant enough, funny, charming, even touching. It was a nice read. If you enjoy his acting, you'll likely enjoy it. Yes, My Accent Is Real isn't a must read, but it's worth your time.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2019-05-10 09:35

    Reviewing a memoir/auto-biography is just weird…it sort of blurs the line of the “don’t bring the author’s personal life into a review” rule that I have. How do you review a book that is solely based on a person’s life? I mean what if you hated it? Awkward….I suppose it’s a good thing I enjoyed the stories Kunal had to tell.I used to watch Big Bang Theory during the first 3 seasons, but sort of fell out of love with it (for reasons I won’t touch on here). However I had two favorite characters, Sheldon and Kuthrapali, and while I know a bit about Jim Parsons I realized I didn’t know anything about Kunal. Yes, My Accent is Real is more of a collection of stories from throughout his life rather than an A to Z type novel, and it’s definitely a good selection! Each of the stories pin points an important part of Kunal’s life, for whatever reason, each injected with some humor and plenty of hindsight commentary. I loved getting to know more about each of the Indian festivals on a personal level, but I think my favorite section was his wedding. There is one chapter though that talks about his dad’s love of outdoor stores that got the biggest smile of me though.It’s a fairly quick read, and most of the stories only last a few pages so it was pretty easy to breeze through it in a couple of sittings. It still feels weird to critique someone’s life story, but I will say it’s well written and Kunaal is really easy to relate to even if he is famous.I’m glad I’m getting back into non-fiction, it’s been a long time since I’ve read so many in such a short period but it’s been a welcomed change so far.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-25 11:26

    I have never seen Big Bang Theory...and frankly, even though I see the adverts for it all the time, I am not overly interested....I saw the book...and the Indian author...and that is what hooked mePlus...he was born in UK...another these are my heritage :) I went to a book signing...yes...he came to my little corner of the world....and he's an author, and..well..that is so cool to ne! I have only met one other author (also Indian). Standing in the queue at the bookshop, all I could hear people talking about was his TV series....for crying out loud!!! he's here for a book signing...absolutely NOTHING to do with his programme!!! He's a person..human just like all the rest of us but he's written a book.. I wish I could actually have spoken to him. I am in awe that he wrote this book! And for all those who have never been to India...I have to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Nayyar.....India is a culture shock to the system (as is anywhere in Asia)....and the cars have bumper stickers that say.."please honk"!!!! because, quite frankly, if you don''re not going anywhere! I also... (in hindsight) have to add that in India (and although Mr Nayyar says he likes to always be on time), Indians have their own is run on Indian standard time...which is typically a good 2 hours (at least) behind the rest of the world. I also have to add that living (or visiting) in have to be prepared for what is "organised chaos"! Whilst these weren't described in his did get the feel of culture....and he does it in an excellent fashion.(Edited)

  • SpookySoto
    2019-05-19 10:34

    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.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-07 13:28

    A humorous assortment of bits about his career journey, love life, and acclamation to America. It was really authentic writing, and I walked away with a greater appreciation for him as an actor and some Indian values, too.

  • David Verghese
    2019-05-24 17:28

    Is this the most inspiring book out there?nodoes it feel like you wasted some time on it?hell no