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Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You-Kunal Nayyar

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Kunal Nayyar

 

I’ve been meaning to read this book for 2 years and I finally just now read it! I love The Big Bang Theory and I’ve been watching it almost as long as it’s been running. There are many things I like about it: the show has a great cast with funny actors, it’s about smart people trying to have social skills, and it’s only 30 minutes an episode so you can really burn through them really quickly!

Kunal Nayyar plays Raj on Big Bang. He’s a shy, selective mute, astrophysicist on the show. In real life, he’s an emotional, family-oriented actor. I liked how he didn’t spend the whole book talking about being on BBT– he took the time to start by writing about his childhood, and what growing up in India and moving to America at 18 was like. I couldn’t imagine having to move to a completely different country all by myself, let alone at the tender age of 18! I had a hard enough time learning to adjust to college life when I went to Ball State University, which is only an hour away from my parent’s house.

I thought the most interesting one of Kunal’s hobbies growing up was badminton. He described an entire tournament in one of the chapters, and I thought he did a good job of conveying the adrenaline rush he would get every time he played. Not many people play badminton—I played in gym class and occasionally at my grandparents’ house in the summertime. But I felt like I was there, in the crowd, cheering on Raj—I mean, Kunal!

Another thing Kunal talks about in his book is dating—tips for dating Indian girls, how to kiss, his childhood celebrity crush, and eventually meeting his now-wife! I thought a lot of these stories were funny and he sounded really down to earth and honest about his dating triumphs and failures. Toward the end of the book, he describes his 6 day wedding ordeal, which I enjoyed.

If you’re a fan of the show and like memoirs, I highly recommend.

4/5

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a series of essays written by David Sedaris. I’ve read many of his books, and all of them have me laughing out loud at some point or another. Sedaris has a way of taking personal events that have been embarrassing to him and making us feel like they are not so bad and in turn, hilarious.

These essays are from a wide range of subjects in Sedaris’ life. One essay covers his experience in Normandy with a convicted sex-offender that he tried to befriend; another, his unabashed way of handling a rude lady sitting next to him on a plane who wanted him to move so she could sit with her husband. His last and longest essay consists of his experience in Japan, where he and his partner Hugh moved so Sedaris could quit smoking. This essay had the most conviction. He tells of his early encounters with pot and later, his addiction, and resolve to quit smoking altogether.

If you want a quick read (because honestly, I couldn’t put it down) and a good laugh, pick up this or ANY of David Sedaris’ works and you will be in for a treat.

3/5 rating