Best known for his role as Raj in The Big Bang Theory, Kunal Nayyar opens up about his childhood and experiences leading up to his role on the hit sitcom. From his misguided assumptions after a first kiss to the lavish 7-day wedding extravaganza, Nayyar shares essays full of humour and honesty.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read as I’m a fan of The Big Bang Theory but didn’t know too much about Kunal Nayyar. While Kunal is obviously not the character he plays on TV, this felt a bit like the silent Raj finally getting a chance to talk. I loved reading the essays full of his self-deprecating humour and brutal honesty. Nayyar didn’t shy away from talking about the errors in judgement he’s made in the past, and the moments of jealousy and feelings of unfairness he’s experienced. Whether founded or not, it’s not always easy to admit when you think you’ve missed an opportunity because of your own skills or because of other people’s prejudices. And Kunal discusses that head on.
His sections of “Thoughts Recorded On an Aeroplane Cocktail Napkin” are mixed with both funny and insightful advice, and the behind the scenes chapters will be sure to delight fans of the sitcom. Being unfamiliar with the Indian wedding traditions, the account of his 6-day extravaganza was documented in the chapter “My Big Fat Indian Wedding” was a joy to read.
Yes, My Accent is Real is so perfectly titled as it encapsulates Nayyar’s essays that embrace his heritage and showcase his humour. The whole book illustrated the hard work and perseverance that it took for Kunal to get to where he’s at today and I loved reading about his continuing journey. Readers who like comedic essays & memoirs like Amy Poehler’s Yes Please or Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe will enjoy Kunal Nayyar’s book.