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GANGTOK, : Gangtok’s Naresh Agarwal has co-authored a book, ‘Engineering to Ikigai: 25 Journeys towards Purpose’, documenting 25 “inspiring” journeys originating from different parts of India, including his own from Sikkim, to Singapore between 1993 and 2012.
The book is aimed at young people looking for direction in life and career. “‘Engineering to Ikigai: 25 Journeys towards Purpose’ refers to Mahatma Gandhi Marg, the posh, stone-tiled, pedestrian street of Gangtok...with flower beds, benches, fountains, and leisurely-walking tourists and locals and the majestic Khangchendzonga, Sikkim’s sacred mountain,” informs a press release.
In 2018, Naresh collaborated with fellow NTU scholar and Singapore-based banker Rahul Singh to write a book documenting the 25 journeys. The then 17-18-year-olds went on 100% scholarship to become engineers but found their Ikigai or "reason for being" in different areas – entrepreneurship, innovation, research, academia, dance, filmmaking, nature, flying, mountaineering, philanthropy, self-acceptance, and even monkhood. With over 700 hours and three years of effort on the book, the stories are examples of Ikigai, serendipity, and resilience that both document these journeys and inspire the reader to discover their own calling in life, the release mentions.
Ikigai means something that gives one a sense of purpose - a reason for living.
In his foreword for the book, Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham on whose life the Akshay Kumar movie ‘Padman’ was based writes, “While there is a lot written about the Japanese concept of Ikigai, not much is known about how one can implement Ikigai in one’s life...Each story strikes an emotional chord with you...The reader will find aspects of their own life reflected in at least some of the stories, if not all...one finds oneself pondering, ‘What is my Ikigai?’ If there is any book that can help you answer this question, there is none more practical than this one. I’m confident that it will help you go beyond your fears and discover your life purpose.”
Sikkimese novelist Prajwal Parajuly writes: “Wholesome, entertaining, and encouraging, these essays are a master class on purpose, resilience, and the importance of giving back. The book should be mandatory reading for all young people.”
The book, published by Indus Publishing, is available at Sarita Cloth Emporium, Jainco and Rachna Books in Gangtok. It is also available online on Amazon.
Naresh, who hails from MG Marg in Gangtok, studied in Tashi Namgyal Academy and did computer engineering in Singapore where he spent around 14 years. He is now an associate professor and director of the Information Science & Technology Concentration at Simmons University in Boston, USA, and president of the Association for Information Science & Technology.