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Book #7: Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

and Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

I enjoyed reading the autobiography of Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali from The Big Bang Theory a lot. I found much of the writing was very quirky, and humorous (particularly the endnotes), and I found the book to be very readable. Not surprisingly, it mostly tells of how he struggled to become an actor, with a series of disappointments coming from not being cast (at one point 40 students including him are after parts in a play with only 38 roles; he ends up as one of just two students who missed out).

I enjoyed in particular the anecdotes about growing up in India, Kunal's family and Indian traditions, although the biggest surprise for me was that Kunal Nayyar was born in Hounslow, South-West London. I also enjoyed how the narrative did not always follow a chronological sequence (at the start it goes from a story about Kunal's childhood to a story about something that happened on the set of The Big Bang Theory). I also liked the way that between the main chapters, there were some personal philosophies, lists (including 13 things learned from being on The Big Bang Theory) and even notes written on aeroplane napkins.

I was surprised by how short this book was, but overall this was a satisfying read.

Next book: The Versions of Us (Laura Barnett)
Tags: around the world in 100 books, autobiography, humor, memoir, non-fiction

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