Category Archives: Life

Stepping out from the office into the open.

When to Work and When Not To

Photo caption: From within four walls of my office into the open air, into the sunlight.

Photos: Ranjan Mukherjee. Left, at work in my office. Right, in the open, in retirement.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.Ecclesiastes

Over the holidays, while having a good time with friends and family, I wondered why people feel the need to continue working when they do not have to. What compels them? COVID-19 has made us rethink what we value most in life. People enjoyed working from home spending more time with their families. Why not take it a step further? Make ‘family’ the center of our lives, not ‘work’. So, why don’t they?

Let’s start with a simple, basic question—what makes a person happy?

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My ebook promotion

Irresistible eBook Offer: LIVING FREE, LIVING WELL Downloadable for Free till December 11, 2022

It is true—some of the best things in life are free. I am running a promotion of my eBook. You can download it for free till December 11. So, what are you waiting for? This book may change your life. Here is the link

Live the good life of a Bon Vivant with a relaxed Zen attitude. Learn about life in other countries: India, France, China and the US.

Download now before you forget.

An Evening with Ranjan Mukherjee, Author of “Living Free, Living Well” at the Newtown Bookshop, PA.

Please join me and the Newtown Bookshop on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30pm to celebrate my book “Living Free, Living Well : My Life as a Zen Bon Vivant”!   I will be giving a brief introduction, entertaining questions and signing copies! 

All are invited to join us in person at the Newtown Bookshop at 2835 South Eagle Road, Newtown, PA, 18950!

Living Free, Living Well
Living Free, Living Well


Retired at fifty-eight and living the good life as a Bon Vivant with a relaxed Zen attitude—is this possible?  

            Yes, as Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee details here in Living Free, Living Well: My Life as a Zen Bon Vivant. You will be amazed by his life story: how little he started with and how he planned, worked, saved, and invested for retirement. He was laid off at fifty-eight. After that, he transitioned into a happy, comfortable retirement and is enjoying it thoroughly.

Part One of the book explains Dr. Mukherjee’s philosophies on finance, education, family, and health―all crucial to his planning toward and enjoying retirement. He offers up a simple, straightforward roadmap for anyone to follow.

What sets this book apart from other retirement planning guides is Part Two, an autobiographical sketch of Dr. Mukherjee’s life on three continents and how those experiences made him the Zen-minded, multicultural person he is today. You will read about his childhood in India, heart-stopping jungle adventures, graduate school and professional life in the US pharmaceutical industry, his gastronomic postdoctoral sojourn in France, and his eye-opening trips to China. He skillfully weaves these two parts together to explain his reasoning behind each life decision. These pithy, insightful anecdotes are a delight to read. Selected, thematic photos enliven the story.

This book is a must-read for those who want to plan for retirement but don’t know where to start or are afraid to take the plunge. This is also for those who are interested in life in different countries: India, the US, France, and China.

Read on. You may soon be enjoying the stress-free, contented life of a Zen Bon Vivant.


Ranjan Mukherjee (M.Sc. Physics, Ph.D. Biology) has worked in the US pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist for over twenty years. He retired at fifty-eight, and since then, has been living his dream. He is a writer, traveler, photographer and speaker. He writes on life and retirement and speaks on his travels and adventures in India, France, Nepal and China. His jungle adventures have delighted many audiences. He spends his leisure time with a good book and a nice drink—a true Zen Bon Vivant.

Event date: 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – 6:30pm

Event address: 

2835 South Eagle Road

Newtown, PA18940

Meet the Author Event discussing Living Free, Living Well.

Meet the Author of ‘Living Free, Living Well’ at the Feasterville Library, PA on November 9, 2022.

On November 9, 2022, at 6.30 PM, I am speaking at a “Meet the Author” event at the Feasterville Library, Southampton, PA. Here is the link.

Meet the Author Event discussing Living Free, Living Well.
Author event at Feasterville library on November 9, 2022 discussing the book ‘Living Free, Living Well’ by Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee.

It will be a fun evening themed RETIRE EARLY-LIVE FREE-LIVE WELL. You could too. Come and find out how. More information below:

Join us for an entertaining and educational in-person presentation that could change your life. Hear Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee speak about his life experiences garnered over three decades that enabled him to retire happily and comfortably at fifty-eight. Follow him on his journey and adventures across three continents and learn about life in India, France, and China. See color photos and archival black-and white pictures that bring his story to life.  Learn tips from the financial to the philosophical and everything in between from someone who has walked the walk and is now living his dream. 

Copies of Dr. Mukherjee’s book Living Free, Living Well: My Life as a Bon Vivant (How I Retired at 58: A Guide & Memoir) will be available for sale and signing. Cost is $14.99 per book and payment can be in the form of cash, check, or credit card. 

Living Free, Living Well, back cover
Living Free, Living Well, back cover
Book Launch of Living Free, Living Well

Author Event and Book Launch of ‘Living Free, Living Well’, at Radnor Memorial Library, PA, on November 2, 2022.

On November 2, 2022, my new book; Living Free, Living Well, will be launched at the Radnor Memorial Library from 6.30 -7.30 PM. Here is the link to the event-

Hope to see you there. More information on the book, locale and event below.

Book Launch of Living Free, Living Well
Book Launch: Living Free, Living Well, at Radnor Memorial Library on Nov. 2, 2022.

Retire Early-Live Free-Live Well

Presented by Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee

Wednesday, 11/2/22

Winsor Room of Radnor Memorial Library.


Find out how you can retire early, choosing to live the good life with a relaxed Zen attitude. Dr. Mukherjee, who happily retired at age fifty-eight, is the author of a new book, Living Free, Living Well: My Life As A Zen Bon Vivant. How I retired at 58: A Guide & Memoir.

Dr. Mukherjee will give you tips from the financial to the philosophical and everything in between. Books will be available for purchase.

Please join us for an enjoyable hour as we launch Ranjan Mukherjee’s new book!

This book published on 91822 is also available on

More information about the book, ISBN, synopsis and author biography is available on

Living Free, Living Well
Living Free, Living Well: My Life as a Zen Bon Vivant

Hope to see you there!