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Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? Growing up in the 90's in India, hearing people going to "States" as software engineers, I wondered why people were so crazy about America. Without the internet or the zillion TV channels we have today, I had my own fantasies on “States”. Thanks to a Doorda Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? Growing up in the 90's in India, hearing people going to "States" as software engineers, I wondered why people were so crazy about America. Without the internet or the zillion TV channels we have today, I had my own fantasies on “States”. Thanks to a Doordarshan Tamil drama in the 90's, "Marriage in Washington", I remember as a teenager sitting in front of the Television religiously every week with a yearning in my throat, "I should go to America someday". I didn’t know how that would happen, I had not even traveled in an Air Conditioned compartment in a train. But I knew, someday, I will go to America. And that someday arrived in the form of an admit in a US university with 100% scholarship and a monthly stipend. That began my wonderful "coming of age" experiences in the next 10 years of my life, with numerous travels, tribulations and life-changing experiences.


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Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? Growing up in the 90's in India, hearing people going to "States" as software engineers, I wondered why people were so crazy about America. Without the internet or the zillion TV channels we have today, I had my own fantasies on “States”. Thanks to a Doorda Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? Growing up in the 90's in India, hearing people going to "States" as software engineers, I wondered why people were so crazy about America. Without the internet or the zillion TV channels we have today, I had my own fantasies on “States”. Thanks to a Doordarshan Tamil drama in the 90's, "Marriage in Washington", I remember as a teenager sitting in front of the Television religiously every week with a yearning in my throat, "I should go to America someday". I didn’t know how that would happen, I had not even traveled in an Air Conditioned compartment in a train. But I knew, someday, I will go to America. And that someday arrived in the form of an admit in a US university with 100% scholarship and a monthly stipend. That began my wonderful "coming of age" experiences in the next 10 years of my life, with numerous travels, tribulations and life-changing experiences.

30 review for Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bodhisattya Pal

    Original Rating: 3.5/5 As published in https://bodhisattwapalreview.blogspot... Review:  "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."                           -Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul  "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."                                        -Allen Saunders It is always interesting to read a memoir, Though these are not so mesmerizing,imaginative like Fiction but still we love to re Original Rating: 3.5/5 As published in https://bodhisattwapalreview.blogspot... Review:  "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."                           -Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul  "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."                                        -Allen Saunders It is always interesting to read a memoir, Though these are not so mesmerizing,imaginative like Fiction but still we love to read true stories, stories of men like us. But some people had such life stories which are actually more twisty,more emotional and more moving than Fictions, This memoir is one of them.  The title make you think that it is actually a memoir of a software engineer, but it's more than that. The author is little different person, his perspective to see world is little different than others. Off course it is not his inborn feature, his life experience and consecutive tragedies made him a changed person. He started his life in a normal note with a dream to be settle, happy. Then he realized after so much struggle that getting a job, marrying a woman, giving birth of a child, and being burnt like cigarettes is not actually life. So he started his soul searching journey.  This memoir can be described as a travel memoir also. He went Chicago from Chennai for higher education, he travelled Germany, Cyprus for office purpose, he travelled the whole India to find his answers. His descriptions of the journey,the landscape, the culture, people Were brilliant. The exciting first time visit of America, the thrilling cross country ride, the Cyprus nights, his school, college stories, the hang outs, the friends, the girls in his life, the soul searching journey and the answers - everything was mesmerizing. He told different stories from different phase of life. His storytelling was astonishingly very good, engaging, fast paced and soulful. You will never think that you are reading a memoir, there was not a single boring part. He described all the characters so much lovingly. He made a brilliant comparison between Indian & western culture, reading which in independent day weekend gave me goosebumps. The memoir is written with so much humor, I appreciate author's sense of humor. Somewhere there was sarcasm. Some parts were really emotional and hearty. The author dealt with Racism and spiritualism. There was conversation with an Pakistani, where the Pakistani called the him and the author as 'We desis', that really gave me goosebumps. There was frequent use of same language many times and the end was little fast and I found the final flavour little confusing, otherwise that was a very good read. The choice of the quotes in the beginning  of every chapter was brilliant and his writing was so much mature. I want the author to write some fiction next time. I want to read more from him.  So full of humour, emotion, thrill, inspiration, this memoir suggest that beyond the rate race of life, beyond being a doctor/engineer and marry the most beautiful girl there is lot of things to do. So follow your dream to find the cause of your existence and off course pick this book and read. OVARALL RATING: 3.5/5 Thanks to the author for giving me the chance to review this book. 

  2. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka Jayaraman

    Review will be up soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rakhi Jayashankar

    A 90's kids being taken to America from Chennai. The book Chennai to Chicago is the real life experience of the author. Through the book, author discusses in detail the difference in life style between India and America. Through the quirky narration, author has managed to keep the interest of the readers. The instances like talking about girlfriend in different contexts, coming across couples who are kissing in public, talking about parent's home and my home etc are introduced to the reader in a A 90's kids being taken to America from Chennai. The book Chennai to Chicago is the real life experience of the author. Through the book, author discusses in detail the difference in life style between India and America. Through the quirky narration, author has managed to keep the interest of the readers. The instances like talking about girlfriend in different contexts, coming across couples who are kissing in public, talking about parent's home and my home etc are introduced to the reader in a hilarious way. What need special mention is that author has not tried to paint himself as a Mr two goody shoes. Well, the usage is a twisted one to suit the situation. Author has frankly stated the mistakes he did as well as the kind of thoughts he had. He has even confessed about how he by passed paying the insurance. The author has compared the two nations without prejudice and bias. In between, he takes us to his childhood and adolescence. His romantic encounters are also depicted. Author has given nitty gritty instances in detail and hence it affects the pace of the story. The plot regains the pace when the author is back in Chennai and goes for a trip. Being a South Indian 90's kid myself, personally I have been able to relate to several thoughts that author had in mind, especially the favorite song and the ideology about relations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya Rathor

    The book 'Chennai to Chicago' depicts real life experiences of Sriram Ramakrishnan. The memoir is about his journey, his life, from India to Abroad, in becoming a software enginner. . The book is a detailed description of all the ups and downs he faced, while working in various places in the world. . The language is good and easy. I thought the book was predictable as well as relatable. The cover is nice. The length of the book is apt. The narration is fast paced and the book is motivational. . Overa The book 'Chennai to Chicago' depicts real life experiences of Sriram Ramakrishnan. The memoir is about his journey, his life, from India to Abroad, in becoming a software enginner. . The book is a detailed description of all the ups and downs he faced, while working in various places in the world. . The language is good and easy. I thought the book was predictable as well as relatable. The cover is nice. The length of the book is apt. The narration is fast paced and the book is motivational. . Overall, a quick read with good life lessons.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madhu | spokensilence9

    Chennai To Chicago by Sriram Ramakrishnan. This book talks about the dreams and life of a 90's kid who was raised in an illusion that going abroad will make his life better, and I must agree there was something like that back then, still there in some places. The language used in the book was lucid and engaging, and the author has penned down all the experiences he had in his life in a very detailed way that one could actually imagine everything very vividly. Since it is a memoir, according to the Chennai To Chicago by Sriram Ramakrishnan. This book talks about the dreams and life of a 90's kid who was raised in an illusion that going abroad will make his life better, and I must agree there was something like that back then, still there in some places. The language used in the book was lucid and engaging, and the author has penned down all the experiences he had in his life in a very detailed way that one could actually imagine everything very vividly. Since it is a memoir, according to the guess and expectations of a reader, everything is very close to reality. This book also had its own moments that were equally funny and also sad at times that could make you giggle and sigh. Any good that's too much is not that good either, and that's what happened in the case of this book as well. Details are great. But too much detailing could get boring sometimes. I personally felt this could have been a little shorter, I felt it was dragged in some places. Do I recommend this book? Yes, people who loves to get nostalgic about those 90's and people's idea of shifting abroad and enjoys reading detailing writing can give this book a try. You'll enjoy it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nidhi Yadav

    Chennai to Chicago is a memoir by Sriram Ramakrishnan.In this memoir the author talks about his journey from software engineering to soul searching.The author talks about the corporate life in India,from finding a job to being excited about finally having a job and then the reality of corporate life.This book describes his experiences from applying to the visa for USA to the hardships he faced to sustain there The book also talks about the struggles and dirty politics of corporate world,how despi Chennai to Chicago is a memoir by Sriram Ramakrishnan.In this memoir the author talks about his journey from software engineering to soul searching.The author talks about the corporate life in India,from finding a job to being excited about finally having a job and then the reality of corporate life.This book describes his experiences from applying to the visa for USA to the hardships he faced to sustain there The book also talks about the struggles and dirty politics of corporate world,how despite of living in different geographical boundaries,following different cultures still we all cry,laugh and bleed the same way,how we although have been influenced a lot by western culture yet the core of us is still the same.The author talks about rat race,racism in USA(small mentions) and a lot more such topics. Overall the book was an okayish read for me.The best part for me was the last few pages and epilogue

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wanderingg__soul

    This is memoir of the author who is a software engineer. The book talks about the author's dreams, struggles and travels through foreign land. From Chennai to Chicago, we not get to read his journey to Chicago but also his experiences. The book is filled with positivity and firm belief that everything is possible if we are brave enough to dream about it and put in the hardwork, which i absolutely loved. The language is very simple, but the narrations are quite long at times. My attention kept flu This is memoir of the author who is a software engineer. The book talks about the author's dreams, struggles and travels through foreign land. From Chennai to Chicago, we not get to read his journey to Chicago but also his experiences. The book is filled with positivity and firm belief that everything is possible if we are brave enough to dream about it and put in the hardwork, which i absolutely loved. The language is very simple, but the narrations are quite long at times. My attention kept fluctuating throughout, the story is excellent but it could have been put forward in a more intriguing way to keep the reader hooked.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sree Priya

    This is the Memoir of the Author's software engineering life. He writtened this book of his own experience that he had in his field in different countries. It shows how he studied and learned software engineering works, right from his childhood till now he wrote all his feelings and experience in pursuing his dream. It's interesting memoir of this author, basically he is from a middle class family, he has grown up with his own effort. He is the type of person who follow his inner voice rather th This is the Memoir of the Author's software engineering life. He writtened this book of his own experience that he had in his field in different countries. It shows how he studied and learned software engineering works, right from his childhood till now he wrote all his feelings and experience in pursuing his dream. It's interesting memoir of this author, basically he is from a middle class family, he has grown up with his own effort. He is the type of person who follow his inner voice rather than dancing like puppets by hearing others voice. This is the best attitude which everyone of us must possess. Overall this is the story of a ordinary man from my own place Chennai. I wish the author have to achieve lot more success in his life. The book is really interesting and inspiring. It's a must read book for young growing people. The writing is simple and lucid. Lot more information is there to get from this book. So without wasting further time buy it and read. It's worth spending our valuable time on it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mishika

    I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset. https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in I am very conflicted in my rating for this book. While it was definitely better than 'ok', I am not sure I can commit to the statement that I liked it. So, for me, this would be a 2.5. The story is of one Sriram, and his journey across nations and his journey within himself. While I did not enjoy the first half of the book at all, there was something about the second half that held my attention. The narr I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset. https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in I am very conflicted in my rating for this book. While it was definitely better than 'ok', I am not sure I can commit to the statement that I liked it. So, for me, this would be a 2.5. The story is of one Sriram, and his journey across nations and his journey within himself. While I did not enjoy the first half of the book at all, there was something about the second half that held my attention. The narrative, however, was not very fluid and jumpy at many places. It was because of these reasons that I did not read the book in one stretch. Plus, this was a kindle copy, not my most preferred mode of reading. The story: The narrative was slightly jumpy for me. There were too many things in one plot. While initially the blurb made me think that the story would revolve around the journey for an Indian from a city in south of India to the land of dreams, 'Merica, the beginning of the plot was quite different from my expectations. There was a flavour of heartbreak and romance in the initial chapters. And the detailing of the same, in my opinion, was very amateurish. Also, the romance (or the lack of it) between the characters named 'Sriram' and 'Madhuri' instantly made me think of Madhuri Dixit (a popular Bollywood actor) and her husband, Sriram Nene. What are the odds! The story then moved on to the life of the protagonist in terms of his career and the set-backs he faces in that arena. This part was mildly attractive. The struggle that the protagonist faced in terms of his professional life is detailed but comes across as a diary entry/venting rather than a flowy narrative. The other area that the book explored was soul-searching. There are flashes of it throughout the narrative but it is mostly focused on towards the end. My problem with the narrative was there was a mix of too many things, with no satisfactory conclusion to any part. Maybe there was a deliberate attempt on the part of the author to transition from romance to career to soul searching, but that transition did not work for me. When I pick up a book, I like to know what part of someone's life am I going to be privy to. Too much happening in too little always leaves me with a taste of dissatisfaction. The same was the case here. I would have, I think, preferred, if the story was categorically written in parts, or at least divided that way. The language: At the very best, the language is poor. I am all for simple language. I firmly believe that the simpler the language is, the more the reader will enjoy it. However, the language used here seemed like an exact production of the thought process of the protagonist, with no effort made to add to the character of the narrative. The book has not been edited. It is riddled with grammatical mistakes and spelling errors, so much so that I had to keep the book away for a few days as initially the bad editing was all I could focus on. The backbone of any piece of literature is the language used to narrate the story. This book lost out majorly in this criterion. A major part of the book is on the lines of this happened, that happened and then that happened, with very little to portray the feelings/thought process of the character. The characters: Apart from the character of Sriram, no other character is developed. May be that was deliberate, but a story (even of it is of a certain person's life) is wholesome when there is an interplay between characters. That was missing from the narrative. All in all, the book has major potential if only someone would spend time editing and proofreading it. There is a story in there if you dig deep. In my opinion, the book needs some solid editing and, maybe, a bit of rewriting as well. Recommended if you want something light to read, probably in between books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    noorthebookworm

    CHENNAI TO CHICAGO: memoir of a software engineer. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney. A memoir is a narrative writing, based in the author's personal memories. Chennai to Chicago is a nostalgic memoir of a 90's boy, a software engineer. 195 pages long, it forms a quick read. Sriram Ramakrishnan has poured out his heart, weaved his life journey in 8 chapters which are a treat to read and get enlightenment in the process while enjoying the turns and tw CHENNAI TO CHICAGO: memoir of a software engineer. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney. A memoir is a narrative writing, based in the author's personal memories. Chennai to Chicago is a nostalgic memoir of a 90's boy, a software engineer. 195 pages long, it forms a quick read. Sriram Ramakrishnan has poured out his heart, weaved his life journey in 8 chapters which are a treat to read and get enlightenment in the process while enjoying the turns and twists that happened in his life. The people born in the 80's-90's form the only generation who have seen some major changes in their lifetime, in addition to being part of two different centuries. The multiplying of the cable channels, the boom of the software industry, the internet revolution, from floppy drives to laptop, dial-up to wi-fi, from landline to cellphones and from black & white Doordarshan to Hd Home Theatre, this generation saw it all! After achieving his American Dream, Sriram ponders on the meaning and reflects back on his life. This memoir is all about that and more. It is written in first person narrative with use of very simple language and is not at all heavy but can be easily absorbed by beginner level readers. His story begins with the year 2006 when being a software engineer and going to America was every Indian's dream. He delves on his experience with getting a visa, crossing the first hurdle. All the 8 chapters begin with a very appropriate and inspiring quote, which looks very aesthetic and gives further weightage to the content. In the 1st chapter, he says, we have always been taught to go with the crowd as it is always safe to be camouflaged in the crowd but he, Sriram wanted to do, otherwise. He talks about his first hand experiences with the fellow students, mentors, getting self dependent doing all the chores which normally mothers did in India, getting a short- American name, learning about casual relationships, his speech and accent problems and racism. He says he saw the world through interactions with the foreign friends he made. Read the book to know about all these sweet & sour experiences, in detail. In the 2nd chapter, Sriram compares his relaxed undergraduate years in India to the hectic workload in the states. He questions himself for reasons on leaving a comfortable life. He feels life is so unpredictable and every event in life is connected. In this sections, he talks about his driving experience, his experience with 911 and cops. The next chapter talks about his crush, which lasted only 6 months. This episode brought back his bitter and sweet school memories where he had his first crush and betrayal from his friend. "And I took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference." - Robert Frost. This heartbreak & bitter memories caused a storm & lots of restlessness in him. He became angry at everything. To take a time-out front he easily routine, he ventured for a long drive aimlessly on the roads. He met various kinds of people on this road trip, learnt to observe and appreciate nature, experiences various things so much so that his travels form the crux of his soul searching experience. Read it to know more. Sections on yoga, meditation, searching for the meaning of life come and grow throughout the read. This memoir skips timelines according to the sections or chapters the author talks about but it is seamless and the transition is smooth and not abrupt. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon, The Beatles. In this chapter, he talks about his working experience in the states versus that in India. He also compares the restless, impatient, present generation to the people of the previous generation who worked for 30-40 years in the same organisation. Sriram, himself worked in 5 different companies, travelled to 8 different countries before turning 30. He says with too many desires and choices the world has become restless. Throughout his journey, from being a pampered child in India to being a software professional in the USA, Sriram has felt a void, where he searches for the meaning of life. "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why" -Mark Twain. He ponders about the impermanence of life and feels everything is fleeting. He wonders on the purpose of life. Here he talks about his spiritual experiences when he leaves everything to come back to India and goes for a soul-searching trip all over the country. He eventually understands, that nature never gives us anything which we cannot handle. He says we all come and then go, whatever game we play, we all have to go home in the end. Reading this memoir was a wonderful experience, stepping in someone else's shoes to discover and tread the nitty- gritties of life. We read memoirs to experience and learn from the life lessons of another imperfect human soul. This memoir is suitable to be read by the masses and it would touch every student's heart who is aspiring to go and study in the foreign university or one who is already studying there, students who have just ventured out on their own after leaving their college life and all the non- resident Indians. It is sure to bring nostalgia to every kid from the 90's generation who remembers Jurassic Park, Malgudi Days, Terminator and Mahabharat. It is also a must read for anyone looking for the purpose of life. Reading this heartfelt, raw, extremely personal memoir was a very enlightening and satiating experience.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vithya

    Giggles, laughs, tears and goosebumps is how i would describe the journey of reading this book. Sriram Ramakrishnan is a software engineer hailing from chennai. This book is a story about his life right from his school to his job till the point of the spiritual awakening in his life, the way different phases of his life is scripted really helped in the flow which otherwise could have easily messed up if not for the proper narration. The memoir in the author’s own words… “From a puppy love in 11th s Giggles, laughs, tears and goosebumps is how i would describe the journey of reading this book. Sriram Ramakrishnan is a software engineer hailing from chennai. This book is a story about his life right from his school to his job till the point of the spiritual awakening in his life, the way different phases of his life is scripted really helped in the flow which otherwise could have easily messed up if not for the proper narration. The memoir in the author’s own words… “From a puppy love in 11th standard, to tasting the first betrayal in my life, to a beautiful engineering college world that gave lot of friends, to a hell of a time in my first job, to traveling around the world, doing Masters and living a childhood-Washingtonil-Thirumanam-Jeans US dream, cross country drives in US, going through several ups and downs, travels and spiritual awakenings, life was wonderful.” I personally liked this book a lot because someway or other it was related to meditation and centered around spiritual awakening, that too in a memoir. I believe in meditation and try to incorporate it daily. The author’s writing style was a cherry on the cake in an otherwise stellar real life story. This kind of writing is what makes a reader sit up and take notice. I put so much emphasis on the writing style of an author is because it has the power to ‘Make’ a poor story or ‘break’ a good one. If through the book you feel each and every emotion deeply its because of the way its narrated and its commendable because its rare. I liked the author’s satirical take in some topics. The fact that a person just backpacked and journeyed through places where there was no other human in sight blindingly was unbelievable, it was courageous. His experiences along his soul searching journey was very scary but very inspiring though probably i won’t try it myself. A person could go like that backpacking and traveling just in the search of meaning is a topic that deserves to be written in a book as its not always we get to see people following their hearts. Some of his stories gave me goosebumps. each one of us can learn something from the authors life. He raised many valid points, He also showed the reality behind the craze of going abroad and living. According to the author we are not living in the moment and are always chasing this or that our whole life until the day we realise, its too late. He spoke of his regret over the stress he had taken over so many things in life that now he wished he had just lived a little more, had fun a little more because life turns out to be well always irrespective of how much worry or stress you had taken, someone’s regret and guilt sends a strong message to others. There are many quotes in the book that were catchy.. i have jotted down quite a few of them below…… “The best journey is the one that answers questions, that in the beginning we didn’t even think to ask. And the best memories are those that we didn’t even intend to have.” “Stop expecting things. Go with the flow. Nature won’t give you something that you can’t handle. And if you still try to run behind and forcefully grab it, it may not stay with you for long”. “What a waste of time! I threw all self-help books away. No self-help book would help unless the help comes from within.” “I realized I really needed a reason to be unhappy, but didn’t need any reason to be happy. Final Verdict : Go for it, there is a hell lot of wisdom and advices from a person who has seen it all especially recommended for people who are thinking of going abroad you need to really read this you may be better equipped to face anything if you read it. To read in detail refer my blog vithyasblogg.wordpress.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Tariyal

    Hello All …. Before going deep into the review of Chennai to Chicago (Memoir of a Software Engineer) by Sriram Ramakrishnan, I would like to congratulate the Author for his efforts. Every Literary work is unique in itself and the review given below is an honest result of my understanding/expectations on the subject and must not be taken otherwise. Let’s quickly go through the ratings Title : 2.5/5 Cover : 2.5/5 Blurb : 3/5 Plot Description : 4.5/5 Language Used : 4.5/5 Presentation : 4.5/5 Overall : 3.5 Hello All …. Before going deep into the review of Chennai to Chicago (Memoir of a Software Engineer) by Sriram Ramakrishnan, I would like to congratulate the Author for his efforts. Every Literary work is unique in itself and the review given below is an honest result of my understanding/expectations on the subject and must not be taken otherwise. Let’s quickly go through the ratings Title : 2.5/5 Cover : 2.5/5 Blurb : 3/5 Plot Description : 4.5/5 Language Used : 4.5/5 Presentation : 4.5/5 Overall : 3.5/5 About the Book : Chennai to Chicago is a sneak peek into the life of a software engineer and different phases of life one goes through. Its a memoir of Author's life and the journey undertaken by him to find the purpose and motive of his existence. Being "Cream among the cream" in his college days he got placed in a big IT firm and started a new phase of his life, hoping to lead it to the zenith of success. But life has its own ways of teaching us lessons. It sometimes takes care of us in most unpredictable circumstances and sometimes thrashes us to make us stand stronger. Author touches upon various phases of his life while sharing his learnings from those phase and also goes deep into one question we seldom ask to ourself, "Why are we here in this world?" Being an Amazing and Blissful read, Chennai to Chicago gives the readers an opportunity to break the facade around them and question things that are still unanswered. I highly recommend this book to every soulful reader. About Writing : By putting up his life happenings and experiences together in his memoir Author has not only showcased his deep and seasoned thought process but also an undying spirit to share his experiences with the society. The content is easy to read and word usage is normal and easy to understand. The flow of the story is very smooth and reader can easily relate the chapters with the central idea of writing. Following an easy going approach author has carefully put together various scenes of his life in a perfect and coherent manner. Each chapter is complete in itself and gives reader a new thought to process and understand. Every chapter raises a soul searching question which each one of us should ask our-self. One can easily relate the scenarios of Author's life to one's own experiences. Be it family, college life, workplace, dreams or self introspection every mind undergoes more or less the same chain of thoughts every time. While it is important to learn from self experiences, it is crucial to learn from other's experiences as well and this memoir is there to guide and help you under various circumstances. "What are we here for?" is the question that lead the author to his soul searching journey. We often follow what the crowd is already following and end up loosing our own identity. The writing suggests that every individual is unique and one must not follow anything blindly. While asserting his views on "We must do what we want" author discusses the importance of spirituality and self introspection. Life is very unpredictable and we must not worry about the past or future, it is the present that we should live in and Author seems to learn this lesson very well as a result of his soul searching journey across the globe.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Apurba Ganguly

    Firstly, I convey my utmost gratitude to the author for devoting some precious moments from his busy routine to go through my blog, as well as provide me an opportunity to review his biographical work. Biographies cannot be judged nor critiqued. After all, opining on a biography is equivalent to judging the individual. What can only be done by readers, book bloggers and reviewers is to realise that life story, as well as the technical pros and cons. Chennai to Chicago is a lovely read that will i Firstly, I convey my utmost gratitude to the author for devoting some precious moments from his busy routine to go through my blog, as well as provide me an opportunity to review his biographical work. Biographies cannot be judged nor critiqued. After all, opining on a biography is equivalent to judging the individual. What can only be done by readers, book bloggers and reviewers is to realise that life story, as well as the technical pros and cons. Chennai to Chicago is a lovely read that will instill within you some significant thoughts about life and the philosophy of life. After all, respecting it as a biographical work will eventually help you realise the true beauty within it. As the title states, the author had been to the United States of America, which is significantly evident in the language of the book. That's point number one among the reasons why I actually liked reading it. The fact that the author has been in the 'States' is testified by the use of many words and phrases that are common to the American English language. Two; the author keeps the narrative very simple and lucid, hence turning out to be a very light read (in contract to the number of pages mentioned). The way the contents and the plot have been divided and presented is indeed a good job; but why divided? So that the reader won't feel monotonous while going through the book. Three; I'm overwhelmed by how the author has been able to present the chain of events systematically. The depiction of emotions and feelings, both anxious and tranquil, is absolutely great. The sudden turn of events, the twists in the plot...all these elements worked in near-perfect sync with the plot and the narrative. Four; the book explores the concepts of realisation and epiphany quite nicely. The realisation of the individual about the course of life, the minute moments of epiphany...all the weave out an interesting biographical read. What impressed me the most was the way the author patiently devoted his time to the description of those particular images and events that are significant to the book. Well done on that one! The only thing that, I believe, has let down the story to some extent is the need of more detailing. The book talks about some of the most beautiful American natural landscapes. However, the descriptions for some are given in minute details, while the others were treated as fleeting sceneries viewed from a moving vehicle (which they are not, as fae as the plot is concerned). This tacitly leaves a little dissatisfaction within a reader's mind. Though it can be treated as a tiny glitch in the whole scheme of things, I felt that this could have made the book even more brilliant. Human experiences are varied, hence unique. Each experience provide us with a multitude of lessons and morals. Hence, I am glad to have come across such a biography which taught me so much. Besides, the technical excellence of the budding author is indeed commendable. I convey my best wishes to the author for the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debabrata Mishra

    "From a puppy love in 11th standard, to tasting the first betrayal in my life, to a beautiful engineering college world that gave me a lot of friends, to a hell of a time in my first job, to traveling around the world, doing Masters and living a childhood-Washingtonil-Thirumanam-Jeans US dream, cross country drives in the US, going through several ups and downs, travels and spiritual awakenings, life is wonderful." 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤:- 📚ⓉⒾⓉⓁⒺ:- Chennai To Chicago 🖋️ⒶⓊⓉⒽⓄⓇ:- Sriram Ramakrishnan 🗞️ⓅⓊⒷⓁⒾⓈⒽ "From a puppy love in 11th standard, to tasting the first betrayal in my life, to a beautiful engineering college world that gave me a lot of friends, to a hell of a time in my first job, to traveling around the world, doing Masters and living a childhood-Washingtonil-Thirumanam-Jeans US dream, cross country drives in the US, going through several ups and downs, travels and spiritual awakenings, life is wonderful." 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤:- 📚ⓉⒾⓉⓁⒺ:- Chennai To Chicago 🖋️ⒶⓊⓉⒽⓄⓇ:- Sriram Ramakrishnan 🗞️ⓅⓊⒷⓁⒾⓈⒽⒺⓇ:- Kindle 🔤ⓁⒶⓃⒼⓊⒶⒼⒺ:- English 📖ⒻⓄⓇⓂⒶⓉ:- Kindle 𝑺𝒚𝒏𝒐𝒑𝒔𝒊𝒔:- It's a memoir of the author who has written all his experiences ups & downs and life journey from his own prospective. . This book carried stories right from the beginning of his childhood his schooling days to enginnering days with professional life and the spirituality view in a soothing impacting way. . Here author described about his family and how a middle class boy from Chennai able to go USA to fulfil his dreams. . Doing his masters how he able to manage time to do for other organisations is truly inspiring. . The comparison between Indian culture and Foreign culture is a good part to read . . Author's finding of his soul job with the spirituality touch give a great pleasure to the readers. 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 :- 👉 It's a good cover replicating both Indian and western culture good to watch. 👉plot is a memoir where author described his life journey with many inspirational n motivational observations n lessons to make life wonderful. 👉Writing style is little simple but it touches every aspect of the book in a detailed manner. 👉 Language is good lucid crisp and the Humour parts hook up the readers. 👉The clear cut difference between Indian and Western culture written here and how we gradually moving and adopting the western culture explained here. 👉 Wonderful narration with well paced book. 𝑴𝒚 𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 :- Cover :- 4.2/5 Title :- 4.1/5 Plot :- 4.7/5 Writing :- 4.3/5 Language :- 4.4/5 Narration :- 4.1/5 Climax :- 4/5 ᴏᴠᴇʀᴀʟʟ ʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ :- 🌟🌟🌟🌟 𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒏 :- A Good memoir with many advices.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Kirpekar

    Excerpt from the book: "Life is a continuously flowing river, not a graph that can be plotted with x and y axis that people are treating it to be. It has become a norm, almost a fashion, to categorize everything in Life. Midlife crisis, Teenage crisis, old age crisis, playful kids are named "attention-deficient," quiet people are named "introverts,” people needing time off categorized as "clinically depressed," where is the world really heading?" Food for thought: It has been long since I read a me Excerpt from the book: "Life is a continuously flowing river, not a graph that can be plotted with x and y axis that people are treating it to be. It has become a norm, almost a fashion, to categorize everything in Life. Midlife crisis, Teenage crisis, old age crisis, playful kids are named "attention-deficient," quiet people are named "introverts,” people needing time off categorized as "clinically depressed," where is the world really heading?" Food for thought: It has been long since I read a memoir, and something that flows as smoothly as this book's narrative is undoubtedly a pleasant surprise. In reading a personal account of someone who has experiences to share from your land and the foreign land, it is possible to learn about unfamiliarity within the unfolding life framework. The comparisons and contrasts between the lives of people around me and the subject inevitably spring to mind. The life accounts are detailed beautifully with realistic experiences and character arcs, which strike a balance in the dialogue. All of the musings and conversations are brilliantly depicted through incidents and decisions that everyone is privy to at some point in their life. The plot has provided information on a particular “slice of life,” explaining the circumstances of coming of age experiences or the way of life in a specific region. There were so many parts that held my attention and drew me into the storyline. All the astute observations of the changing ways of living in the Indian world is a page from the chapters of our everyday existence. Disclaimer: Here is a memoir with one of many stories that could be told about an individual, yet it is an important one that allows us access to a range of voices and perspectives. I am glad that I picked up this book and, more so, with the narrative's highly subjective nature, which can be portrayed as its essence.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deepan Maitra

    “Chennai to Chicago” is subtitled as “memoir of a software engineer” and deserves credit for catering to a very important and accustomed topic, traces of which we all might have felt in varying extents. The decade of 90s era which saw a major boom in terms of technological and IT advancement, was also successful in elevating the West (especially the US) into a fabled land of desire-fulfilment and an unimaginably high standard of living. Sriram’s book is a travelogue that charts out his experienc “Chennai to Chicago” is subtitled as “memoir of a software engineer” and deserves credit for catering to a very important and accustomed topic, traces of which we all might have felt in varying extents. The decade of 90s era which saw a major boom in terms of technological and IT advancement, was also successful in elevating the West (especially the US) into a fabled land of desire-fulfilment and an unimaginably high standard of living. Sriram’s book is a travelogue that charts out his experiences on the foreign soil. The journey from Chennai to Chicago, and then beyond, enabled him be situated at both the giving and receiving ends of geographical walls, topological boundaries, ethnical and ideological differences—and in all, many contrasting facets of living life. The life of an Indian surviving and venturing out into the international corporate world, with its gaudiness and fallacies: it has been represented vividly through the eyes of the narrator. A visible drawback to the book was the linearity of the narrative, with was over-infused with too many unrelated details. The author has tried to depict the panoramic view of his expeditions, but he has been largely unable to streamline it. There was an over-indulgence in the inclusion of everything and everything that was happening, which along with the basic diction—was not able to pave way for an engaging plot progression. As far as the viability of the memoir is considered, this book can be called as a reasonably good attempt. The writing prowess of the author is pointedly directed towards recording his experiences, however mundane or monochrome. There are instances of looking back, of heartbreak, of failed attempts—of nostalgia, bitterness, regret, contemplation—which makes ‘Chennai to Chicago’ a very heartfelt book to flip through. This review is in lieu of a review copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jiten Upadhyay (Team ThinkerViews)

    [Detailed book reviews available at https://thinkerviews.com/books/englis... ] Recently we were approached by Sriram Ramakrishnan in the context of his debut book "Chennai To Chicago: Memoir Of A Software Engineer". While the title is almost self-explanatory, we were not sure about the way the book tends to explore the cultural cross-overs and the journey of a youth from one country to the another. But, reading the book was an interesting experience for sure. Despite the fact that the book was pr [Detailed book reviews available at https://thinkerviews.com/books/englis... ] Recently we were approached by Sriram Ramakrishnan in the context of his debut book "Chennai To Chicago: Memoir Of A Software Engineer". While the title is almost self-explanatory, we were not sure about the way the book tends to explore the cultural cross-overs and the journey of a youth from one country to the another. But, reading the book was an interesting experience for sure. Despite the fact that the book was provided by the author, the book review is unbiased and uninfluenced, by all means. The book is written almost throughout in first person (with a few exceptions) and thus remains true to the tagline. Those who are grown in a typical middle-class environment can link their lives to the many incidents mentioned in the book. These realistic exploration and deja-vu feelings make readers connect with the book strongly. That is the success of the author for sure. The interesting time of the protagonist growing up in a middle-class, the way he was introduced to the metro-city and explore the college life there, and eventually, visits many foreign countries for the job perspective and explore the "way of living" there; is worth exploring through the author's pen. The book takes quite a spiritual turn the mid-way, where the protagonist became self-inquisitive and wanted to know the reasons of his being. This works like a charm for some readers while it may found quite distracting from the main story for many others. So, we can consider it as the positive as well as negative point of the book. I like the way the author has avoided any cuss words or adult-only material in this book, which even some of the well established and bestseller authors cannot do. The characters are really well defined and you got to see almost majority of them in the real life. The innocence of the small town boy and his attitude when he was the in-charge who is outsourcing the work to his home country; is something you shouldn't miss reading. Here are some of the interesting lines from the book: An unenergetic teacher will put anyone to sleep. “Hope” is the most beautiful thing, it’s the very core of human existence. Overall a genuinely written straightforward story which becomes a little heavier when the "journey to know the self" is started by the protagonist. Definitely worth reading. The Kindle EBook is right now available (when I am writing this) at < INR 50 for Indian readers which is a good deal, but the paperback is currently very pricey and you should wait for the right time (when the prices are significantly reduced for paperback) - rather than paying INR 879.00 for the same.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shaoni

    🇮🇳🇺🇲I know one should not judge a book by its cover. But honestly, this book cover intrigued me to pick this book up. The title and the book cover go so well together. One couldn't even think of a book cover better than this! I just loved it. . 🇮🇳🇺🇲We all hold dreams, and the society mercilessly tags them as "unobtainable,unimaginable." And those little dreams vanish under a layer of impenetrable myths that says," One born in a middle class family must not dream big." Dreams should not be differen 🇮🇳🇺🇲I know one should not judge a book by its cover. But honestly, this book cover intrigued me to pick this book up. The title and the book cover go so well together. One couldn't even think of a book cover better than this! I just loved it. . 🇮🇳🇺🇲We all hold dreams, and the society mercilessly tags them as "unobtainable,unimaginable." And those little dreams vanish under a layer of impenetrable myths that says," One born in a middle class family must not dream big." Dreams should not be differentiated on the basis of where you're born. As J.K Rowling said,"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." Even if you're likely to succumb to pressure or if you are not able to breathe in thin air of dreams, it's not okay to give up. Just don't give up! The moment you give yourself up for the myths that lie under that old,dusty carpet of the society, you lose the very origin of your existence and you lose something big that you were supposed to create. Be an example to a million other people--people who are about to give up. Go for something extraordinary! . 🇮🇳🇺🇲The book holds a journey of a software engineer and how the author has dreamt of going to Chicago, even when he was born in a middle-class family. This is a quick read. The book will gently take you through our motherland and lands you in a complete,different country. Through the eyes of an ordinary boy, you'll realize the hard truth of life and how the author overcomes the hurdles of life.The narration was pretty good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shreyasi Basu

    Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer By Sriram Ramakrishnan RATINGS ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 After reading the blurb on the book description section, I picked this book for another October read. " Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? " I found those questions are very realistic and have enough depth to ask! I am sure not only me but also we all have the same kind of questions in our minds. So here it is... let's see why this Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer By Sriram Ramakrishnan RATINGS ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 After reading the blurb on the book description section, I picked this book for another October read. " Is there anything permanent at all? Anything that I can lean on to in this world? What is life? What am I doing here? " I found those questions are very realistic and have enough depth to ask! I am sure not only me but also we all have the same kind of questions in our minds. So here it is... let's see why this book is recommended... The author has done a great job here as everything has penned down in this book, which is from his impressive life experiences. This book consists of his journey, up and down facts, decisions, struggles, how a software engineer chooses a completely different path, and so on. MY VIEW: honestly I love the plot. It's not only motivational but also very steady and full of positivity. The author's writing style is simple and parallel. Sometimes I was not able to find myself connected with the book. From my view, I think some parts could be summarized as they are very expanded. But the chapter "A call from the soul" is very unique and it has my heart. Still, I feel a goosebump when I read those lines.... "Something in me opened up. You come… you go… and that’s it? Life is so simple! How did we complicate this so much? And when? And why did simple breathing in and out turned into a complex maze?" It was definitely a great read and I will recommend this to nonfiction lovers only.

  20. 4 out of 5

    SushantKumar

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 📔 Book 👌👌 -- Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer Author 🙏🙏 -- Sriram Ramakrishnan Very interesting Book 👌👌. The book is a quick read.👍 It's a good book, it has fun , emotions, truth everything...A beautiful memoir. 😊 A real-life story of the author.👌 This was memoir of author himself.😍 A memoir of a simple boy, from a middle class south Indian family who got struck with the software engineer. Probably every software engineer's life but Sriram's life is a bit different.😳👇👇👇 The book accounts 📔 Book 👌👌 -- Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer Author 🙏🙏 -- Sriram Ramakrishnan Very interesting Book 👌👌. The book is a quick read.👍 It's a good book, it has fun , emotions, truth everything...A beautiful memoir. 😊 A real-life story of the author.👌 This was memoir of author himself.😍 A memoir of a simple boy, from a middle class south Indian family who got struck with the software engineer. Probably every software engineer's life but Sriram's life is a bit different.😳👇👇👇 The book accounts all the incidents of his life from childhood to his now self. This book also had its own moments that were equally funny and also sad at times that could make you giggle and sigh. The book begins with him trying to get a student visa for his masters to the USA. The book depicts the events in the life of the author; from working as a software engineer, post, graduating from an American University to going on a soul searching journey. This book is reveals the journey of an ordinary chennai boy experiencing the world, going through inner struggles that each one of us experience and finding his own way.👌👌👌 This book tells the beauty of the west and india.🙏 The author has also shared instances of racism experienced by him while travelling to various parts of the world. The Language of the Book is Lucid. The writting style is brilliant.❤️ The Cover and the Title of the Book are An Absolutely Appropriate.👍 I recommend the book all of you guy's.🙏🙏🙏

  21. 5 out of 5

    Manisha Gurnani

    📚 Rating: 2.9/5️⃣ || BOOK REVIEW || - 🍁 The Book, Chennai To Chicago By Sriram Ramakrishnan, is a Memoir Of A Software Engineer, The Author Himself. Memoir is The Book describing the personal experiences of the author. 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍁 The Book is a Real Life Account of happenings of The Life of The Author. The Author studies Software engineering and works at different organizations in different countries. Each and every detail regarding how he managed to study and what happened in his life when he deci 📚 Rating: 2.9/5️⃣ || BOOK REVIEW || - 🍁 The Book, Chennai To Chicago By Sriram Ramakrishnan, is a Memoir Of A Software Engineer, The Author Himself. Memoir is The Book describing the personal experiences of the author. 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍁 The Book is a Real Life Account of happenings of The Life of The Author. The Author studies Software engineering and works at different organizations in different countries. Each and every detail regarding how he managed to study and what happened in his life when he decided to return to india is written. There is an incident which happens with him and he wants to claim insurance and that incident is also written in detailed manner. After Returning to India, how he started meditating and how his spiritual learnings began is also mentioned in the Book. There are few lessons to be learnt from the book. 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍁 The Language of the Book is Lucid. The Writing Style of the Book is Slow-Paced. The Cover and the Title of the Book are An Absolutely Appropriate. 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 || PERSONAL INSIGHT || - 🌸 This Book is a Real Life Experience Based. Although, I liked learnings which author has written , the Book could have been a bit shorter. That would have made this book a good read. The Book gets Boring at many instances due to detailed written incidents of the life of the author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Preetha Devasagayam

    Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer written by Sriram Ramakrishnan.  This book is a biography one. The cover page looks so brilliant and it definitely suits the title very well. The author writing style is really so contemporary. This book makes me travel to different countries. As the title suggests the author is an engineering graduate and for the work, he travels to the United States and there comes the change in his life and the lifestyle. All these were explained in a very inter Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer written by Sriram Ramakrishnan.  This book is a biography one. The cover page looks so brilliant and it definitely suits the title very well. The author writing style is really so contemporary. This book makes me travel to different countries. As the title suggests the author is an engineering graduate and for the work, he travels to the United States and there comes the change in his life and the lifestyle. All these were explained in a very interesting and very detailed manner from the author's point of view. This book is really fun and easy to read. The way the author expresses his lifestyle and its changes is really very interesting to read. I really like this book as not only the author has explained the lifestyle along with that he also made to travel to different countries with his words and writings. Since it is the biography we can relate many feelings and emotion which the author has described in this book. The vocabulary is very simple and easy so that even a beginner can read this book. This book will be the best friend for engineering graduates. If you want to read light and fresh read this book will be the best one for the beginner.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Kumar

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 👌👌 -- Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer Author 🙏🙏 -- Sriram Ramakrishnan The book is really amazing. 👌👌 The book accounts all the incidents of his life from childhood to his now self.😍 The book is about the journey of author Sriram Ramakrishnan through his life.👇👇 The book presents fun , emotions, truth everything...A beautiful memoir. 👌👌 This book talks about the dreams and life of a 90's kid who was raised in an illusion that going abroad will make his life better. The author's v Book 👌👌 -- Chennai To Chicago: Memoir of a software engineer Author 🙏🙏 -- Sriram Ramakrishnan The book is really amazing. 👌👌 The book accounts all the incidents of his life from childhood to his now self.😍 The book is about the journey of author Sriram Ramakrishnan through his life.👇👇 The book presents fun , emotions, truth everything...A beautiful memoir. 👌👌 This book talks about the dreams and life of a 90's kid who was raised in an illusion that going abroad will make his life better. The author's view towards life is different ...he believes in exploring his inner self rather than silently following the crowd....🧡 The author penned down everything in a very simple and intriguing way........It holds his experience while going to the America for the purpose of higher studies there he learnt a lot of things he was unaware about...☺️ He also describes about the time when he came back to India and started taking interest more in meditation and spirituality.👉 The cover of book is so beautiful.👌 I am glad to read this amazing Book ❤️. The language of the book is very simple. You can read easily. 😉 Writing sytle is perfect. This is the great lesson for everyone.👍 I recommend to everyone. 🙏🙏

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruchi Patel

    It’s a memoir. It’s the memoir of a software engineer who was born in 80s and spent his teenage years in 90s. The title of the book suggests few parts of the story. Protagonist wanted to shift to USA. He left his job and then applied for visa. That concern is real as you already left job plus you are unsure about getting visa. Plus I have seen that craze for going to USA and earning huge some of money. That I have seen as it’s same in my surroundings. I have seen their struggles over there and t It’s a memoir. It’s the memoir of a software engineer who was born in 80s and spent his teenage years in 90s. The title of the book suggests few parts of the story. Protagonist wanted to shift to USA. He left his job and then applied for visa. That concern is real as you already left job plus you are unsure about getting visa. Plus I have seen that craze for going to USA and earning huge some of money. That I have seen as it’s same in my surroundings. I have seen their struggles over there and those little nostalgic moments they face when they occasionally visit here. So I could relate it. I could relate to majority parts of the plot. My favourite incidents were when people over there find your name difficult and amusing, 911 and Crush chapters. They were really entertaining. I am 90s child so I could relate to few of the things. Some of the moments gave me nostalgia. I liked the plot. I liked how author has quoted saying of famous people. That was really motivational. The language of the book is lucid. The narration style of the author is crisp. The story is fast paced. I liked that. Author has written such moments that are realistic and every one can relate to some or other moments. That way it’s reader’s friendly. Overall good one. Recommended from my side.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Preeti

    Thank you to the author and goodreads for providing me with this ebook! I requested this book because I've been reading a lot of memoirs lately and they have quickly become one of my favorite genres. I am not giving this book a star rating because I do not think it would be fair because I typically read well known authors. However, I applaud the author for having the courage and drive to self publish. I knew going into this memoir that english was not the authors first language and I am no englis Thank you to the author and goodreads for providing me with this ebook! I requested this book because I've been reading a lot of memoirs lately and they have quickly become one of my favorite genres. I am not giving this book a star rating because I do not think it would be fair because I typically read well known authors. However, I applaud the author for having the courage and drive to self publish. I knew going into this memoir that english was not the authors first language and I am no english major but the grammar mistakes and awkward usage of punctuation was really off-putting. Furthermore, some of the scenarios that the author was describing seemed cartoonish and scripted. I couldn't really believe that the author didn't know what a "girlfriend" was or what the concept of dating meant, even if he hadn't experience it himself. Most average households in India have access to Bollywood, Indian films and TV shows that depict these things. Despite the flaws, I do believe it takes a tremendous amount of bravery to quite a comfortable job and chase your passions. This concept is still especially hard for Indian Americans who are raised to be very pragmatic and rational people.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anupriya Sonker

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Harmanpreet Kaur

    Chennai to Chicago is about the journey of author Sriram Ramakrishnan through his life. The book accounts all the incidents of his life from childhood to his now self. The book begins with him trying to get a student visa for his masters to the USA. He then explains his life experiences. But some are over explained that makes the book slow and at some places boring. It will leave you with questions about life and happiness. What is life ? Is money the only measure of a person's success or happiness Chennai to Chicago is about the journey of author Sriram Ramakrishnan through his life. The book accounts all the incidents of his life from childhood to his now self. The book begins with him trying to get a student visa for his masters to the USA. He then explains his life experiences. But some are over explained that makes the book slow and at some places boring. It will leave you with questions about life and happiness. What is life ? Is money the only measure of a person's success or happiness?  Book is beautifully penned with a tinge of humor.But the book is quite long, could have been short as it is slow read. The book is nostalgic for 90s kids. Few lines that I loved are: “Hope” is the most beautiful thing, it’s the very core of human existence. I realized I really needed a reason to be unhappy, but didn’t need any reason to be happy. The more experience I allowed myself to have, the more alive I was, and the more I expanded. The cover of book is beautiful and goes with the theme. Recommended to everyone, especially the ones who wanna read something nostalgic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shoumya

    Book: Chennai to Chicago - Memoir of a Software Engineer Author: Sriram Ramakrishna Book Length: 182 pages Genre: Chronicle . . What is life? Are we all happy with whatever life we have? What are we doing with our life? These are some common questions that author asks herself! It's a documentary genre of the author. The story shows the ups and downs, dreams and desires, the reality where she belongs to and many more. Being born in a middle class family and growing in 90s led him to many desires. Shif Book: Chennai to Chicago - Memoir of a Software Engineer Author: Sriram Ramakrishna Book Length: 182 pages Genre: Chronicle . . What is life? Are we all happy with whatever life we have? What are we doing with our life? These are some common questions that author asks herself! It's a documentary genre of the author. The story shows the ups and downs, dreams and desires, the reality where she belongs to and many more. Being born in a middle class family and growing in 90s led him to many desires. Shifting of place, living in states, western marriages, foreign tours were something he always wanted to experience in his life. Pursuing one's dreams aren't easy for everyone, people are like puppets and society plays with all of them. Most of us go with crowd and crowd makes us dance on it's own song. Not many have the courage to follow his dreams and fulfil them. But author did it very well. It narrates his experiences how he travelled and what made him come back to India. This is an intriguing story which grabs the reader's attention. It shows how courageous and determined he is towards his goals.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kalpana Kashyap

    The book “Chennai to Chicago” written by Shriram Ramakrishnan, is a memoir of author himself. He is a software engineer and has worked in many companies in different countries. He has mentioned all the details of his work in different countries, his experience he gained working on different companies. He phased some incident that change his mind to come back India. Afterwards he travels most of the popular states of India which are famous for their tourism. Author mesmerized when he saw the heri The book “Chennai to Chicago” written by Shriram Ramakrishnan, is a memoir of author himself. He is a software engineer and has worked in many companies in different countries. He has mentioned all the details of his work in different countries, his experience he gained working on different companies. He phased some incident that change his mind to come back India. Afterwards he travels most of the popular states of India which are famous for their tourism. Author mesmerized when he saw the heritages of India. He has mentioned his experience of his travel. Author described his spiritual learning process that he started meditation. The language is simple and lucid. Narration was good enough to give a rhythm to connect each chapter that were not just the chapter, each chapter has a different lesson and different phase of his life. I can say that this book is a package of almost all the emotions. Author did only what his heart and mind said to him. He enjoyed all the moments of his life. This is the great lesson for everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    That

    A memoir worth reading. This book is an account of a software engineer's experiences in life. It has many lessons to be remembered and also the reader gets glimpses of various places through this memoir. I love the mention of culture both in India and the United States of America. I love that the author has inserted tidbits of humour in between the dialogues making the book a lot more fun and pleasurable to read. This book offers a lot of wisdom and knowledge, and it comes from someone who has e A memoir worth reading. This book is an account of a software engineer's experiences in life. It has many lessons to be remembered and also the reader gets glimpses of various places through this memoir. I love the mention of culture both in India and the United States of America. I love that the author has inserted tidbits of humour in between the dialogues making the book a lot more fun and pleasurable to read. This book offers a lot of wisdom and knowledge, and it comes from someone who has experienced it all so it is a bonus for us readers. The writer has written down his experiences and adventures in a very detailed and precise manner sharing so much life lessons with us readers. I love the mention of soul searching, which the author has undergone and it has really been an eye-opener on so many levels. I hope you find it useful too. The writing style is realistic and reliable. The narration is on point. The plot is fascinating and interesting. Altogether, this book is a wonderful read.

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