“This is a book that so many of us could benefit from experiencing”

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Posted on Jul 28, 2013

Rating: 5 Stars

Mission to teach, fell on to my radar. I’m so glad it did. Mission to Teach,  is heart breaking, thought provoking, inspiring,  moving, and life changing. I can’t think of another book, that has gutted me quite like this one.

Mission to Teach is written by  Dipak Basu. The story of his daughter, Jhumki Basu and the legacy she left behind after passing from cancer at the age of 31.

31, people!?  She was practically a baby with so much life ahead of her. History shows she would of done wonders had she had more time.

Mission to Teach is a tough read, it’s emotional, it’s real and it puts you right in the thick of someone’s life. With that said, I think this is a book that so many of us could benefit from experiencing. Especially those of us who don’t come from amazing supportive backgrounds, with role models to help us become who we want to be. It really made me take a look at my own life, where it’s going, all the things I have been through in my life, and who (and where) I am now. [Which is a whole other post in it's own.]

But if you are one of those people that feels even slightly lost and wondering about your purpose, your passions, or  than this is a book you need to read.

Jhumki Basu  is special.

There is something about her that I could see through her fathers writing that made her different from everyone else. She accomplished so much, so young. She had an energy I’ve never seen. Heck she completed her Masters and P.H.D at the same time! You can’t help but be amazed by her. You can’t help but feel inspired and want to do more with your life.

Mission to Teach is one of the most thorough biographies, I have ever seen. Containing in-depth recollections,  journal entries, email exchanges, written by Jhumki, snippets from her research as well as hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, acquaintances and students. We see the good, the bad and the darkest of times. For Jhumki but also for her family, by her side every step. The Basu family (and her extended family after her marriage) really blew me away. There is a sense of family there that I’ve not seen anywhere else. It’s not hard to see where Jhumki got her strength, drive and her all around level of awesomeness from.

If more people were even a little like the Basu family, the world would be a much different, wonderful place.

Mission to Teach, has definitely changed me for the better. It’s a book I plan to share with as many people as I can. Jhumki’s memory will live on, her work will continue to change the world as more people learn about her legacy. I can’t stress enough the need for people to read this, both in the education, or science fields but also the average person.

I have never met Jhumki or the Basu family but they are definitely role models and people I will never forget.


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