“The title of this memoir could . . . be: What’s Right with America.” from the Foreword by former U.S. Rep. Joseph Knollenberg, 1993-2009.
As with most memoirs, Yes, the Bee Can Fly has elements of conquering adversity. But that’s where the similarity ends. This is neither a rags-to-riches tale nor the life story of an exceptional person or celebrity. It is the story of an ordinary man with a powerful message. This memoir should inspire everyone.
Against the backdrop of Sid’s life, this book illustrates how people can reach their fullest potential by applying to their lives four simple yet potent principles, which Sid calls the Four P’s: Persevere with passion, Proceed to synergize four dimensions of life: professional, physical, social, and spiritual, Persuade family and friends to provide support, Promote a culture of giving back.
Sid takes great pains in painting a picture of himself as someone who was destined to fail from birth. He was “the baby born under crossed stars in Banaras, the dunce who was caned constantly in Calcutta, the high school student who graduated late after nearly dying of typhoid, the clerk for the Reserve Bank of Kanpur who was trapped in a dreary dead-end job, the research assistant in Bombay who fumbled the Fulbright, [and] the foreign graduate student who was thrown in a rural jail by a formidable Georgia cop.” Miraculously, Sid eventually grew into the man whose dreams of earning a Ph.D. in the United States, becoming a published author, establishing himself as an international authority in personal finance, engaging in numerous charitable activities, and helping others from all walks of life finally came true.
Sid uses a metaphor to demonstrate how he used the Four P’s to produce such dramatic results. Suppose you place a matchstick under the sun, step back several feet, and then try to light the match. You cannot, because it is impossible. Now take off your reading glasses, position them so the sunlight streams through the lens, creating a powerful laser beam. Focus the laser beam on the matchstick, and boom! The stick lights up almost instantly.
And so it is with life. As the memoir demonstrates, each time Sid met a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, he discovered an out-of-the-box solution. Success certainly wasn’t easy and it wasn’t immediate, but following the Four P’s paved the way to the fulfillment of many of Sid’s dreams. He practices the Four P’s to this day, donating all his revenue from the sale of the memoir to charity.
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Published September 10, 2012
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