YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL and some other things I haven’t told you By Kunal Nayyar

This book is not a memoir as Kunal states at the outset and he is right. These are a collection of life truths and life stories he has collected over the years. His life, his journey and the lessons learnt along the way to becoming a star and the man who has the courage to share his weaknesses too. The cool cover with Kunal in the embellished jooties and suit is just so cute.

The humor is there, no doubt and effortless at that. The writer knows how to speak to the reader, almost make the reader an ally in his journey. The biggest strength of the book is the effortless style of writing. Kunal writes as if he narrating to me how his day went and it comes across as a relaxed narrative. As I turned the pages and read about Kunal and Winnie Cooper I was swept into a sea of nostalgia. We grew up on The Wonder Years and who was not in awe of her?  Each story after another is as engrossing as the rest as I raced ahead to find out how did he finally join the cast of The Big Bang Theory. The nuggets of experience that he shares along the way are what lift up the book and his story. It could have been a pretty much ordinary life but the simple acts and the equally simple but truthful tips delight the reader.

Few of the chapters stand out and Dinners With Dad is simply outstanding! All those things which our parents used to tell us and here they are; reaffirmed by a celerity making them shine.

These lines from The Forbidden Kiss had a profound impact on me because I understand how we all get lonely sometime yet are hesitant to verbalize it. This also lets the reader know that Kunal’s writing is not just all fluff but has depth and relevance in our lives.

“To be touched and looked at and held like a living, breathing human being. We all want that. We all need that.”
The part where he describes our India are so hilariously put that even the bad parts feel good. Our country does have a few quirks and he shares them all with pride. I so agreed with the honking part, not hearing a horn in India, one truly needs to be deaf!! (Chaos Theory)
The nuggets of wisdom that he keeps sharing are pretty common but what is different is the simple, non – condescending way he puts it across.

If it happens, good. If it doesn’t happen, very good.”

Have we all not said the same or heard it? Words and thoughts that he shares about life and love make it a very good book to read and a funny, lighthearted one at that!

“If you have no other offers, take the one you have.”

Poetry, listicles – which Kunal seems to favor and funny anecdotes make this a breezy read and I had trouble putting it down. He gives the dirt on his career, songs, girlfriends, work, Big Bang Theory and his marriage and the really big fat Indian marriage too and even though it is a life story it is one very eloquent story.

I recommend it not only for its humor, wisdom and language but also for the fact that it is a story of a ‘boy next door who made it big.’ Who knows, how many more will be inspired by this book. Laughter, life and keep reading and yes, his accent is really real!!

( I received a copy of the book from Simon & Schuster India / )

Yes, My Accent Is Real and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
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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