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To Bee or Not to Bee
Winning Against All Odds

First Edition
  • Sid Mittra - Emeritus Professor of Finance, Oakland University


September 2015 | 332 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

In this compelling first-person account, Sid Mittra shows us how it is possible to achieve our dreams against incredible odds.

Some unique features of this book:

• A compelling read, infused with humor, this book is about a man who refused to succumb to adversity and achieved much success in life.

• A must-read for professionals and aspiring young readers whose perspective may be irreversibly impacted by the strength of Sid’s vision and willpower.

• Perhaps the biggest strength of the book is the roller coaster ride of Sid’s life story which reads like fiction. He ascribes his success to the following 4Ps:

Persevere with passion

Pursue professional, family-oriented, social & spiritual goals

Persuade family and friends to help

Promote a culture of giving back

The author shows us how these simple yet potent principles can be easily imbibed to achieve our personal destinies. 


 
Foreword by Swami Suprakashnanda
 
Prelude
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction: Behold the Bee
 
Hobbled by a Horoscope
 
Whisked Away and Caned in Calcutta
 
Of Pachyderms and Paradise
 
A Dunce No More
 
Gaining Independence: India’s and Mine
 
My Worldview Widens
 
Fumbling the Fulbright
 
Slow Passage to the Land Where Dreams Come True
 
Have Gun, Will Travel
 
Angel in a Devil’s Night
 
A Modest Proposal
 
The Long Way Home, Sweet Home
 
My Academic Life: Failures and Achievements
 
On the Road Less Traveled: Risks and Rewards
 
Giving Back to Society: Redefined Concept of Success
 
Challenges in Creating a Four-Generational Legacy

“Sid’s memoir shows readers that he did it the right way and offers much needed encouragement to others to fight every day to do the same.”

Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson
Mayor, City of Rochester

“This is not simply another rags-to-riches story, but one fraught with unbelievable hindrances that few, if any of us, could surmount.”

Edward J. Wolff
Professor Emeritus, University of Detroit

“Few people have managed to write with such emotion, clarity, and deliberation as Sid has about poverty, adversity, and a dogged determination to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to succeed. I strongly believe that by reading this memoir, all of us can benefit from [it].”

Joseph Knollenberg
Member of the US House of Representatives, 1993–2009

“This is an exemplary story of an emigrant who rises from personal and economic hardships, almost receives a Fulbright scholarship, and eventually flourishes in academia and the business world . . . readers whose perspective may be irreversibly impacted by the strength of Mittra’s vision and willpower.”

Virinder Moudgil
President and CEO, Lawrence Technological University

“This is not simply another rags-to-riches story, but one fraught with unbelievable hindrances that few, if any of us, could surmount.”

Edward J. Wolff,
Professor Emeritus, University of Detroit

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