28 February, 2016

Yes, my accent is real: and some other things I haven't told you by Kunal Nayyar

“This is not a memoir. I’m not a president or an astronaut, or a Kardashian. This is a collection of stories of my life.”

Now imagine this spoken by the 30 something Indian astrophysicist Raj Koothrapali from The Big Bang Theory!! This entire book, for me, played out in his unique velvety voice with that unmistakable Indian accent that most of the geeks out there, me included, have come to love.

What we have in this book isn’t your typical memoir, but a collection of essays which reveal the journey young Kunal Nayyar took from New Delhi to business school in Oregon and finally hitting the small screen and the fame that followed. Although he battles with feelings of loneliness and being an outsider (The Girl I went to Mass for), Kunal doesn’t let that get to him. After explaining to his parents his ambition to perform (How I Knew), his life became even more exciting. Each essay spoke of the experiences he had living and working in the US, the friends he made, and the many hilarious encounters he had as a fledgling actor. The stories I found especially hilarious was Kunal’s hilarious account of his elaborate seven-day long wedding to a gorgeous former Miss India!!

This funny, sweet and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows Kunal Nayyar as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending cultural mix-ups, romantic misunderstandings and professional missteps that somehow miraculously prepare him for the role that would change his life. I truly admired the courage, determination and perseverance that Kunal showed as he pursued his dreams and the path he took to achieve them.

If you are a long-time fan of the popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory and all the lively characters there, you will surely love this delightful memoir!

Title: Yes, my accent is real: and some other things I haven't told you
Author: Kunal Nayyar

Available also as an eAudiobook, and as an eBook.

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.

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