Engineering a Life

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.


My Review

The great part about reading memoirs is learning about peoples lives of all different cultures. Mr. Bedi has a great story to share about his life. Readers will not be disappointed as they dive into a great memoir of Mr. Bedi's life in Engineering a Life.

Just when I didn't think I could like Krishan anymore, I would read some more and fall in love with him a little more. He is some humble and has great morals. I enjoyed reading about Krishan's time as a cook at the Dorsey Hotel. What with him slowly winning over the head chef with all of his questions and persistence to learn. Also, when Mr. Bedi made pancakes for the first time.

Then there is the time when Mr. Bedi took a job as a bus driver. It is a good thing that he was so kind to the old women as he really should not have been a bus driver. There are so many more lovely aspects of Mr. Bedi's life that I am glad he did decide to share. Readers have to pick up a copy of this book. A great read.

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