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.
Praise for Engineering A Life
Kris Bedi’s memoir is compelling and inspiring, and when editing his book, I was completely mesmerized from start-to-finish by the rich detail of two completely diverse cultures; the always-fun pop culture references of ’60s and ’70s America, especially as seen from the outside; the emotional introspection; and the hilarious, heartbreaking, tension-filled stories. I was sad to reach the end of the book.
This is a very powerful read. This honest and frank look at one man’s journey and struggle through life, culture and class was revealing. The author disclosed personal everyday experiences at home, school and in his community, that shaped who he was to become. The book gives an insider’s look at a rich culture with elaborate traditions and practices. The details of the experiences are so fully and beautifully described that you are drawn in and feel as though you are a part of them. This book is uplifting and peppered with humor. The messages teach, no matter your circumstances, that tenacity, preparedness and sacrifice can lead to success.
What an Interesting read! The book marvelously captures Mr. Bedi’s life journey from Punjab (India) to Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The details and the depth with which various moments are described will compel any reader to remain glued to the book. It provides a very powerful message that with belief in God, oneself and a do-good attitude, one can overcome all impediments and lead a fulfilling and content life. Some of the incidents, like the treatment of back-pain in London, add a lot of color and humor to the narrative. I am indeed privileged to have met Mr. Bedi during my recent stay in Peoria to not only get a glimpse of his simplicity and zest for living life to the fullest but also personally listen to some of the interesting events described in the book.
I had an opportunity to read Krishan Bedi’s memoir from his childhood to fifties. In Spite of all ups and downs, he was able to reach his goal, which makes him an inspiration to all who will read his book. Needless to mention, Mrs. Bedi was not only courageous, adaptive, but also raised three sons to a great height. “Hats off “to such a devoted and great family. God Bless them.