I received the book Engineering a Life by Krishan K Bedi as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.
In December 1961, twenty-year-old Krishna Bedi landed at a port in New York armed with only $300 in his pocket and a resolve to study engineering in the US. What transpires then is a story of one man’s perseverance and determination to create the life he had always dreamed for himself as a little boy in India—a place where his options seemed anything but limitless.
Krishna K. Bedi’s memoirs reflect the hardships and the triumphs in his path to fulfilling his dream of becoming an engineer and returning home to India as a successful man. A lesson in attitude, survival, perseverance and grit, Bedi brilliantly narrates the story of the immigrant experience, his close-knit relationships and enmeshing cultures—a story that not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions.
This book is the story of the author has he travels across the continents on a ship in 1961 to when he goes back on a flight in 1991.
The author talks about how, as a young boy of 20 from a small town in Punjab, he had the courage to travel to the US and how his parents encouraged him even though they had to take loans in process. He mentions the hardships he went through to sustain himself and how at the end his hard work paid off.
The entire book is about his struggles in a country so unknown and so far. And the author has vividly remembered the details and also the names of the people who supported him. He has talked about his failures and also how he succeeds in his ‘American dream’ and becomes a citizen. His homesickness for India, his want to be with parents and also his move to India are depicted in detail.
The language is simple and the book just flows.
A highly motivational book which I would highly recommend to everyone.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.