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Yes, My Accent is Real: A Memoir Paperback – 15 Sep 2015
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About the Author
Kunal Nayyar was born in London, England and raised in New Dehli, India. He first came to the United States in 1999 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business at the University of Portland (Oregon) and he received an MFA in Acting from Temple University. He has been part of The Big Bang Theory ensemble since it debuted in 2007. A ratings powerhouse in its sixth season (2012-13), The Big Bang Theory was the #1 most viewed scripted show in the 18-49 demographic on television and the ratings leader in all of syndicated programming. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Neha, who was named Miss India in 2006.
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He also writes well. However. He begins this memoir (I had the audio version and he reads beautifully) explaining that it is not an autobiography as he is too young for that, but a collection of stories. The problem is, he had a fantastic upbringing within a loving, well-off family and nothing much exciting has happened to him. So the stories are on the dull side. Much is made of failing to get to kiss whatever girl he currently fancied and his excruciating failures in his university drama society before Big Bang. In fact, how he got into Big Bang is probably the best bit of this memoir. All in all it is a bit disjointed. For example, he talks a lot of his university days in Portland, but we don't discover what he is actually studying until late into the book. His reasons for leaving India to study so far away were never mentioned.
I think a bandwagon has been jumped on here and I really wish he'd waited until he had a fuller autobiography to write. But interesting enough for 7 out of 10. Just.
Some other reviewers have criticised this book as Kunal is clear itself about it being pretty early in his life and career to be writing a memoir, it is therefore, instead a collection of stories, which do not contain a lot of tragedy, drama and strife. Well, I actually liked to hear stories from a life which had its own challenges, a lot of which were relateable, despite his having lived a pretty different life to me (and despite my being older than him it seems he grew up with a lot of similar TV programming). I can understand how some readers will think it is a little too light weight, some of it did leave me with additional questions and some of it did make me think Kunal had sugar coated things a little (all the sectarian violence in the surrounding area that he had grown up in, some of the threatening characters or situations he'd known growing up too, in particular when his dad was giving him and his brother keys to a gun cabinet). On the other hand I think Kunal writes in a style which is right for a wide readership too, different age groups, there's a lot of thought provoking messages here too, its also fun to read someone write appreciatively about their good times and minor triumphs along the way.
There is material here for fans of The Big Bang Theory, stories from the show, about the show's success (by extension Kunal's own success, which he acknowledges too) but in the main its a book about Kunal and his own life experiences. It was good to read his thoughts on things such as selective mutism, something his character in the TV show experiences, as I've heard all sorts of criticism (sometimes it really feels way too harsh) of the show for its portrayal of disability (selective mutism but also the possibility that another of the main character's neuro-typical/autistic) and so called Geek or Nerd culture.
There is a little bit of an attempt to inject some quirkiness into the book, such as the featuring of notes made on napkins or tissues on flights, the chapters can be a wildly differing lengths, there are one or two larger typeset inset notes in the middle of pages making observations about things such as frustrations with sentence correcting software but thankfully its limited. It is not a dense enough to be a memoir, as Kunal says, but it is not patchy or like reading someone's blog either.
All in all I really enjoyed reading this, it is light reading and uplifting, something for the times you need a break from something more academic or challenging non-fiction but also really do not feel like reading novels or novellas. There is so much by way of tribute to his family, friends and thankfulness for good fortune. It is something that I could see Kunal rehashing for an acceptance speech at some future award ceremony (as I dont think a man of his talent or as early in his career as he is, has even received his greatest accolades yet, probably). Recommended.
My son couldn't put it down for almost a week and has enjoyed reading it a lot. He loves the Big Bang Theory anyway.
I went for the Kindle option so that I could read it anywhere without the bulk of a book, also as a pensioner it was cheaper. Lol, go and buy it and read it for yourselves and then comment.