Kunal Nayyar stars as Rajesh Koothrappali, an Astrophysicist that works with Sheldon and Leonard at Caltech. He is best friends with Wolowitz and lives in an apartment by himself.  Rajeesh is from India and communicates with his parents back at home via video conferencing software.

Rajeesh is a bit of a celebrity after he was named in People's "30 Under 30."  Rajeesh has major social anxiety and can only talk to women under the influence of alcohol.

Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali Quotes

If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed and I would be their king... I would be kind to my rabbit subjects... at first.... One day, I hold a great ball for the President of France, but the rabbits don't come. I'm embarrassed so I eat all the lettuce in the world.. and make the rabbits watch.

Raj

Tell her her eyes shimmer like opalescent lilies in the lake of the palace of the celestial maidens.

Raj

TBBT Quotes

Stephen Hawking: You made an arithmetic mistake on page two. It was quite a boner.
Sheldon: No, no ... that can't be right. I-I don't make arithmetic mistakes.
Stephen Hawking: Are you saying I do?
Sheldon: Oh, no, no, no, of course not. It's just, I was thinking.... Oh, gosh, golly, I made a boo-boo and I gave it to Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking: Great, another fainter.

Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock?
Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage."
Sheldon: No it isn't. But I suppose it does take courage to demonstrate that kind of commitment to soup.
Penny: How'd you see it? You said you wouldn't look.
Sheldon: Sorry. As I told you, the hero always peeks.