Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 2015 - Humor - 256 pages
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In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? or Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head, 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 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. 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 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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YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

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An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. Though Nayyar is best (or even only) known for his comic role in the television series The Big ... Read full review

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London-born, New Delhi-raised Nayyar came to the United States to get a bachelor's degree in business administration; now he's the nerdy Indian American astrophysicist Raj on the CBS hit series The ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
My AtoZ Guide to Getting Nookie in
14
King of Shuttlecocks
21
Why Being Indian Is Cool
36
The Art of the Head Bobble
66
Judgment Day in Boise
85
Lollipops and Crisps
111
The Prince and the Pauper
127
Kunals Twelve Quick Thoughts on Dating
146
Loves Labours Lost
166
The Waiting Period Extended Mix
176
Thirteen Things Ive Learned from Playing
199
And Then I Fell in Love
208
My Big Fat Indian Wedding
219
Acknowledgments
243
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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.

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