Book Journey: Yes, My Accent Is Real

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Yes My Accent Is Real by Kunal Nayyar

Genre: Autobiography, Memoir
Book Name: Yes, My Accent Is Real:
And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
Author: Kunal Nayyar
Pages: 245
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

To be frank, The Big Bang Theory is my “the favorite” TV series. Be it Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard or Raj, I await every week to watch it religiously, or just a repeat telecast of previous episodes. So here comes the book on the Indian lead character written by Kunal Nayyar aka Raj Koothrappali.

Haven’t heard about The Big Bang Theory, hey which planet do you live in? Just kidding! 

This book will be an easy choice to go for, for a fan like me and not so difficult, even otherwise. Nothing in life comes easy and his journey towards landing a role in this series and struggles to find the perfect fit is amusing and a pleasant read, to say the least. You could hear it in the voice of Raj, when he tales his tale from start to (no end); it’s still a journey, he is just 34. The lessons of life got too mechanical after a certain point in time, but still worth a read.

Skip the last chapter on the Big Fat Wedding with ex-Miss India (if you are more for Big Bang Theory type story-line) and you have a good book in your hand.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory—the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian astrophysicist—ranks among the misfittingest. Feeling like you don’t belong is something that Kunal Nayyar, the actor who plays Raj, can relate to.

This revealing collection of essays, written in Kunal’s irreverent, hilarious and self-deprecating voice, traces his journey from a young boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment to the grown man who meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event. In between, he grapples with feelings of loneliness and being an outsider; audition triumphs and catastrophes in the showbiz Mecca that is Boise, Idaho; telling his parents he wants to be an actor and offers a bold new theory to explain to a sceptical world why being Indian is cool.

Full of heart but never taking itself too seriously, this funny, sweet and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man an earnest well-intentioned young man 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 prepared him for the role that would change his life..

About the author:
Kunal Nayyar was born in London and raised in New Delhi, India. He first came to the United States in 1999 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and went on to receive an MFA in acting from Temple University. Playing the character of Raj on The Big Bang Theory, he has been part of the ensemble since the show debuted in 2007. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Neha.

Rating: 8/10
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About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

Posted on December 7, 2015, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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