Krishan Bedi is the author of Engineering A Life: A Memoir out April 3rd, 2018.
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. He now lives with his wife in Peoria. They have three successful sons and five grandchildren.
Learn more about Krishan’s memoir, writing process and book recommendations below:
What inspired you to write a memoir?
To share my experiences with everyone and how I handled the plethora of curve balls thrown my way with determination, humor, hope, and unwavering faith that everything would work out. People can take away and learn that you must not give up, no matter what, and must tackle the obstacles and move on. It is a story of an immigrant who achieved The American Dream against all the odds. My friends enjoyed listening to my stories and indicated that I must write a book. It is way for ordinary people to discover and share the extraordinary in their lives.
What was your research process like for a memoir?
In the beginning, the idea of writing my memoir was quite exciting but then I started gathering the specifics. That was not an easy task. First, I was able to get my grades from my colleges to narrate the failing part. To narrate the summer job experiences, I requested SSA to send me the list of my employers since my arrival in this country (1962 – 1983). At times, I was stuck not knowing the details, so I called several of my friends. It was amazing to hear their responses that Kris what are you talking about how am I to remember what you did…but with some conversation it all came back.
It is by no means an easy task but if you are determined to write then you will find the facts. At times, I had discussions with my wife and that brought some unpleasantness and emotions were rekindled. That was quite tough.
What was the most rewarding and/or challenging part of writing a memoir?
Of course, it was quite rewarding that I have completed writing my memoir after seven years of hard work. The challenging part was to reduce the length of my original manuscript of 200,000 words to close to 90,000 words. The decision of which story to keep and delete was very tough for me. Not knowing which stories are the appropriate and readers would love it. You must listen to inner voice.
Then, the challenge was getting it published. That turned out to be quite a learning experience of getting your memoir published. Again, stay with it. Just think, you are almost there…
What are you working on at the moment? What should readers keep an eye out for in the future?
Currently, I am working on promoting my memoir to various organizations. I am working on speaking to several local organizations. B&N held an exclusive book signing event on April 6th and the Good Day Central Illinois (WMBD-TV) hosted a spotlight segment on April 3rd at 7:15am.
Also, motivational and inspirational speaking engagement throughout the county.
Any book recommendation(s) for our readers looking for more books by Asian authors?
- In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish
- Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
- In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
Thanks Krishan for reaching out for an interview! Readers can find Krishan Bedi via: