Saturday, 5 December 2015

"Yes, My Accent is Real" by Kunal Nayyar | Book Review

Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar
Publishing Date: September 15, 2015
Pages: 272
Publisher: Atria Books
Links: Goodreads | Indigo | Kobo

You've probably heard of The Big Bang's one of the biggest sitcoms on TV right now. Kunal Nayyar plays one of the central characters, Raj, an astrophysicist with selective mutism that prevents him from talking to women unless he's had alcohol.

I don't watch the show very much anymore, but I wanted to read the book because I've seen some of Kunal's interviews and he's, I think Raj is adorable. Kunal makes it very clear at the beginning that this is not an autobiography – he's way too young for that – it's more of a collection of stories from his life.

The book is split into sections; for example, there's a recurring segment about Indian holiday traditions, and another containing thoughts he had on an "aeroplane" (I don't hear airplanes referred to that way very often, but I love it when I do!). I really loved the sections where he tells us about the different Indian festivals as they sound so fascinating and beautiful. He's clearly very proud of his heritage - see "Why Being Indian Is Cool" - which I'm always glad to hear about.

Kunal is a great storyteller and he comes across as sweet and funny in the stories he tells. In his book, he tells us all about his school life and how he came to decide to be an actor - I always find it so interesting to hear about how actors decided what they wanted to do and how they broke into the business. I particularly loved a couple of the stories: one was a hilarious recounting of a job he had in IT at his university, and another was about an unorthodox audition he had in an Apple Store.

There were also some very sweet moments. Kunal talks about the deep friendships he's made and how life affects these relationships sometimes. He also talks about meeting and falling in love with his wife, as well as his wedding - which, let me tell you, sounded incredible and beautiful.

All in all, there are lots of funny and touching stories within these pages - you don't have to be a Big Bang fan to enjoy it, though it would probably help. And yes, his accent is real.

*This copy was sent to me by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

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