Yes, My Accent Is Real

Yes, My Accent Is Real

And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

Book - 2015 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476761824
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 NAY


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Jul 14, 2019

An super-easy, light read that's really only for die-hard fans. I did laugh out loud, though, that the past tense of "glide" apparenly is "glode".

Feb 18, 2018

Fantastically, funny read! The worst thing about this book is that there is no second book by Kunal for me to read.
Perfect plane ride book, breezed through in a few hours and was laughing the entire time. Would highly recommend for a lighthearted, fun read.

Jcheng1234 Jun 05, 2017

I always thought the Indian accent of Raj in the Big Band Theory is fake until I read this book. In sharing his upbringing in New Delhi; his love for India; his loneliness in college at Portland; his desire to be accepted into American culture; his acting education in Temple University; his failures and triumphs in audition and acting career; his big wedding, you get to know him more. He is so honest, so funny, so likeable. You just can’t help liking him more after reading this book. Very enjoyable book to read!

Mar 21, 2017

Short, but enjoyable biography.
Father trying to shoot a mouse with a gun & lying to mother on damage so funny ,yet so American.
Week long wedding ceremony illuminating.

LoganLib_Aavishka Apr 19, 2016

Amazing Biography. i could relate to it so much and found that i laughed so much. It was beautiful and heartwarming to read the story of Kunal, felt like i was on an andventure. Inspiring and beautiful.

LoganLib_Sophie Apr 19, 2016

After seeing this come through the library I thought I'd give it a try. Wow. Awesome biography. Kunal is funny and has really been through a lot. He may not be a science genius in real life, but his humour is similar to Raj's on the show. Easy to read, recommended.

Mar 22, 2016

This book was great! It was a fun quick read, really funny and enjoyable! I liked that he focused on his life as a whole (growing up in India, his university experience, becoming an actor, his marriage); rather than his current fame in The Big Bang Theory. If you are looking for an insider peek into the show this is not the book for you. If you want to learn more about the actor and his experiences in a funny lighthearted way then this book would be a good one.

Feb 01, 2016

Surprisingly, I loved this book! I honestly thought this might have been a book where the actor turned writer takes full advantage of their possible fleeting fame and so I assumed he would talk a lot about Big Bang Theory and his costars. This was not the case, and I appreciated it. The book is hilarious (although, there are some body function references that I could also do without). I also really enjoyed learning about his culture and experiences growing up and immigrating to the US. I'd recommend for sure!

Oct 21, 2015

A quick read, entertaining and light. Nayyar is a little too willing to share details about his bodily functions, but otherwise I enjoyed the stories.

If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory looking for behind-the-scenes stories about the series and cast, they're not here. There's very little mentioned regarding the series, except for Nayyar's audition, a paragraph about ping pong on set, and a couple of stories about guest stars.

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Mar 22, 2016

The author begins by discussing his life in India, followed by his experiences with moving to America and going to university. His calling to become an actor and subsequent masters degree and casting in The Big Bang Theory. The meeting of his wife and their marriage to finish off the book.


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