MY BOOK: Living Free, Living Well

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





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This book offers practical, no-nonsense insights on approaching retirement with joy and a sense of adventure. Punctuated with reflections on his own life journey across three countries, from a hard working student to a research scientist and dedicated husband and father, the author shows the reader how he walks his talk in discovering “retirement life is neither boring nor unproductive.” It’s an uplifting story about a “peaceful and contented” life and the man who achieved it.

—Vivian Fransen, author of The Straight Spouse: A Memoir

Peppered with wit and Zen wisdom, Ranjan’s memoir leaves a warm-n-fuzzy feeling of contented wellness. Stories weaving people, places, and moments showcase smart, practical life-tips on choosing between “have to” and “want to” to chart out an adventurous yet stress-free life. The author’s personal anecdotes make retirement look enticing, with creative energies flowing—far from the stigma it has earned in this era.

— Balaka B. Ghosal, author of Off to Dadu’s: Carefree Childhood Memories with Grandparents, Relatives, and Nature


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.

Elephant safari, Chitwan National Reserve, Nepal
On elephant safari, Chitwan National Reserve, Nepal

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