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

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

by Kunal Nayyar
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Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Indywrites More than 1 year ago
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 / https://www.facebook.com/simonandschusterindia )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me laugh and cry and miss home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny and cleaver it helped keep my mind on track longer then usual one day I'll read the whole thing thanks for writing this amazing book kunal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love!
readergirllp More than 1 year ago
Kunal Nayyar writes like I imagine that he speaks and the text reads like a conversation. (including some very funny asides) It's sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always interesting. It's like a little window into the culture that makes India and its people who they are. I enjoyed reading about his life and how his golden moment was actually the culmination of years of work. Having photographed a few Indian weddings and having worked with children of Indian descent, Kunal's story has helped me to appreciate the very strong ties Indian people have to their culture. No matter where they live. It's an easy and fun read.