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Of all the charming misfits on television, there's no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory - the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian American 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.
Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring 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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By J. T. Lichoulas III on 10-08-15
not funny but culturally interesting
This book came well recommended and so I bought it thinking that it might be like Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling's books. It was not particularly funny, but was very interesting from a racial, cultural and relationship perspective. Kunal Nayyar has a lot to share in terms of insight of relationships and his examination of the Indian culture and Hindi religion as opposed to both the Baptist and Jewish traditions in the US. overall what came through in this book was his youth. He's very young to be writing a book of this nature at this time in his career. I wonder how the book may have been written and edited differently if he we're more advanced in his career or at a different stage of life. I wonder if his perspectives might be illustrated a little differently. The telling of the book came off a little self conscious which makes sense for a young newlywed man of 34 . It was an interesting book but not one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a funny memoir of one of our favorite comedic actors.
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By Cherie Teasdale on 10-10-15
What a treat. Reflective, endearing, candid... easy to listen to and quite engaging. I felt like Kunal was a good friend and we were enjoying intimate light hearted....wait am I still talking? Just read it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful