April 27, 2018

#BookReview of Engineering a Life: A Memoir by Krishan K. Bedi

Engineering a Life: A Memoir

About the Book: Krishan Bedi came to the United States in December of 1961 at the tender age of twenty. He had only $300 in his pocket, and he had made it out of his small village in India on sheer faith, determined to get education in the US. For him, there was no option but to succeed—so he began his new life in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he had to adapt to the culture shock not only of being in the US but a Punjabi man in the South in the 1960s.



Engineering a Life is an examination of Bedi’s life, and how he has handled the plethora of curve balls thrown his way with determination, humor, and an unwavering faith that everything would work out. This is a book about values and faith and the importance of friendship, family, and hard work. It’s a story about achieving the American Dream, proving that no matter how thoroughly you map out your life’s journey, no matter how many blueprints you draw up, when you veer off the course you’ve plotted—as we all do, somehow, in the end—you end up where you’re supposed to be. 









Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: SparkPress
Recommended Age: Adult
Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction
Overall rating: ★★
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About the Author: Krishan Bedi came to the US by boat with only $300 in his pocket in December 1961. A twenty-year-old from the tiny village of Punjab, India, he had big dreams and ideas of what he wanted to do with his life. He eventually earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Tennessee. After nine years in the US, he returned to India to have an arranged marriage; together, he and his wife returned to the States, where Bedi developed a career as a healthcare executive. He’s since served as member of several healthcare professional organizations, and is currently a member of the board of Indo-American Society of Peoria. Bedi is a contributing author to The Magic of Memoir, edited by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner. He now lives with his wife in Peoria. They have three successful sons and five grandchildren.


Recommend this book? Maybe? If you like memoirs this is a good one for you. 

Notes and Opinions: This really wasn't my kind of book. It was a bit of a snooze fest for me. Some of it I couldn't understand if he was coming across as funny or he was being serious. I also felt he lingered too long on unimportant things. It was really hard to get through this book.
 









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