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I have a Dream

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I have a Dream is the story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs. They are committed to different causes, but they have one thing in common: a belief that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. These stories say one thing loud and clear change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door. Someon ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Westland books (first published May 30th 2011)
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Atul Sabnis
Oct 21, 2011 Atul Sabnis rated it did not like it
I read this book as a requirement of a course I was doing. The stories are interesting but the presentation is one of the worst I have come across.

Bad language, interrupted flow of thoughts, and too many - I repeat - too many paragraph breaks. It feels like someone is outlining the story, before you write the story and then completely forgot to flesh out the story, read it aloud and see if it makes sense. You will need to put in a lot of effort to read this book. Also, who writes books in ALL CA
Jul 26, 2012 Harleen rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, trash
Poor writing and execution. After reading Rashmi Bansal and Chetan Bhagat, I feel just anyone can claim to be an author.
Aug 24, 2011 Murali rated it it was amazing
Inspiration comes from every page of the book, I am half done but cant stop my self giving the review as i expect that rest of the book will be equally good.

It taught me something, that "NO PAIN .. NO GAIN". all had been through a tough time though they are working on a Noble cause.

for a moment, I felt SUPER 30 is a Concept behind the movie ARAKSHAN. Do you guys felt the same ? let me know..

And finally, Kudos to Rashmi for this wonderful work. :)
Aug 13, 2011 Himani rated it really liked it
I have a Dream…mmm let’s see…

As I got down to reading the book, story after story came on to me, awe-inspiring as they are…(and much as I wouldn’t want to say it here, I couldn’t just go on with the book cover to cover, like I would with some ‘fiction’! This, for the simple reason that these are no ‘fairy tales’ with angels! These are lives of real people doing great deeds simply because they are all for doing their ‘due’ and more, for the cause of humanity!)…they overwhelm!! And require lesser
Prajakta Mahajan
May 01, 2012 Prajakta Mahajan rated it liked it
I won't say that the author has done a great job - actually it could have been done better, much better. However, the book covers the stories of inspiring and extra ordinary - immensely extra ordinary people. The theme is exciting, but the author makes many things look simple when they are not. Poor in proof reading and what's about the Hindi sentences anyway?
Darshana Unnikrishnan
i really liked this book. it was so overwhelming to read a piece of work only based on the social service many people have undertaken. this book carries interviews of 20 idealists who have decided to make a change in the world we live in. some of them have taken social service as a business and make money by applying management principle to it. some of them belong to the regular class of social workers. and yet some others are monks who have taken the path of spirituality. reading this book was ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Vismay rated it liked it
They throng temples, fairs, movie theatres, hotels & monuments- begging for the half eaten samosa in your hand pointing to their empty stomach or for cloth to cover their body. Though we may think the common rhetoric that these beggars- rotten eggs of the society are trying to leech money out of our pockets for no apparent reason than they don’t want to work, the truth is far different.

We- the aam junta- have developed a think skin, regarding the dismal condition that this country is ailing
Nov 17, 2012 Poonam rated it it was ok
The stories are inspiring, no doubt. It takes a lot of courage to break out of the conventional path & do what people normally term 'eccentric' or 'foolish' :)

But the disconnect for me was:
(a) Of the 20 stories, at least 5-6 cannot be classified as 'social entrepreneurships' - they are plain and simple NGOs/ religious trusts.
(b) Some of the people featured in these 20 stories have the backing of large institutions/trusts or come from very privileged backgrounds with loads of 'connections'.
Geo Raju
Nov 23, 2011 Geo Raju rated it liked it
i love reading books on famous people....people who cared for other people....spend their days and nights to make other peoples life the author is portraying the lives of 20 people who made their life meaningful and also their fellow beings.
i didn't like the author's writing style...i won't say this book is a page turner....infact you find it boring after going through a few pages...this is only because of author's bad writing skills.but i would recommend this book to everyone....
Anandh Sundar
Aug 02, 2011 Anandh Sundar rated it really liked it
Fair disclosure:-She is an alumna of my Bschool(IIM-A, so this review may be a bit biased though I've tried to keep it objective. The book has inspring stories and first person interviews without seeming like a hagiography. And some of them are household names(people behind Super30/Sulabh toilets/politicians wealth disclosures) etc. The book is worth digesting. Don't be put off by the slightly cheap paper quality, look beyond that! it has helped keep the book cost low-around $3 offline and maybe ...more
Jaimit Doshi
Aug 28, 2011 Jaimit Doshi rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies, others
i hate the author's writing style but the soup for the soul subject makes it a difficult book to really write off. ncie and inspiring in parts - again mainly due to the lovely stories and nothing great from the author.
Vaibhav Vats
Dec 09, 2014 Vaibhav Vats rated it did not like it
Don't judge the book by my ratings. This book is comprised of several short stories of people who have contributed to the world and society. I am fiction fan and bought it on title that is fancy. Din't like it at all. I don't like such real life stories. M sorry author.
Sep 16, 2011 Sugan rated it it was ok
Reading success stories is not always inspiring :-(
Moreover there is a lot of Hindi content in the book...It's kind of irritating for a guy who does't know Hindi...
Aug 12, 2012 Sameer rated it liked it
Incredible stories of real people... People are awesome, doing mind blowing work...
Jun 21, 2011 Vijay rated it really liked it
Again Rashmi delivers with excellent book...this time the focus in on SOCIAL aspect!
Madhur Shrimal
Jan 16, 2012 Madhur Shrimal rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
A nice book to get inspired for innovation.
Mayank Joshi
Jul 09, 2017 Mayank Joshi rated it liked it
The book, ‘I have a Dream’ is a collection of 20 stories which reveal the success of various entrepreneurs that have made a big difference in the world. It is an inspiring book that sheds light on various aspects of entrepreneurship and talks about how one can overcome the various hurdles that come along with it. The in-depth research and griping narrative make this book an engaging read. This book has been written by Rashmi Bansal.

Definitely in my "must have" list that every youngster should po
Neha Reddy
Jun 09, 2017 Neha Reddy is currently reading it
I have a dream...
Feb 27, 2017 Inderpal rated it liked it
This book came to me at exactly the right time- just when I needed something like this. Reinforces the belief that maybe things happen for a reason. :P
Anyhoo, typical Rashmi Bansal awesomeness, and that's why I don't miss any of her works.
Stories and struggles of people who went chasing their philanthropic quests full time to ACTUALLY bring a direct change while solving societal issues, stepping over the lush and lure of the corporate.

And that's how it should be.

Really helps break the stigma of
Amit Gupta
Jun 16, 2015 Amit Gupta rated it liked it
Having previously authored the bestsellers on entrepreneurship, ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ and ‘connect the Dots’; Rashmi Bansal writes on a similar theme and incorporates the element of social entrepreneurship in her latest. It is a story of 20 idealists that think and act like entrepreneurs. They are dedicated to various causes with one common factor: the belief in the principles of management and its optimal use to achieve greater common good.

The book has three parts: Rainmakers, Changemaker
Link: Buy/Rent

I would like to raise a toast to Rashmi Bansal for putting together this compelling bunch of stories in her third book I have a dream.

This is my first book of Bansal and I was a little apprehensive about picking it up. To think of Indian non-fiction the one word that comes to my mind is ‘boring’. But I was, gladly, proved wrong.

This gripping saga of 20 social entrepreneurs kept me hooked till the very end. The book is profoundly inspiring and a complete eye opener, to say the leas
Jaideep Khanduja
Jun 30, 2013 Jaideep Khanduja rated it it was ok

Book Review: I have a Dream: Rashmi Bansal: Big Talk Low Results

I have a Dream - The inspiring stories of 20 social entrepreneurs who found new ways to serve old problems by Rashmi Bansal is claimed to be a collection of inspiring stories about 20 social entrepreneurs who carved out their own path through innovative initiatives to change the world in a big way, but it is more of a reporting with merely 20 articles on these 20 personalities. What I mean is
Feb 21, 2013 Nithin rated it liked it
Loved the layout of the book. Several inspiring cases each presented through a crisp introduction, fast-paced body and a helpful conclusion - 'advice to young entrepreneurs'. This book doesn't chart out a method to doing business as much as it inspires one to look around for problems in the society and instil belief and confidence. This is certainly not a well-represented compilation of cases - I see three of the social entrepreneurs having procured their degrees from IIT Kharagpur and a large p ...more
Lalit Pal
Apr 05, 2014 Lalit Pal rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-life-shelf
The best book i have ever read, about the struggle for good.

Rashmi bansal has done a great job by representing great personalities and their efforts to do good, in her book. Through this book and it's stories of various people who wanted to do something for the society. Showed the sign and power of "Yes i can do it, and i will do it".

It feels great to know about such people who have given their lives to serve the people for good. As well to bring new change to the current society.

We get to know
Sep 19, 2012 Sugeesh rated it liked it
Rashmi opening a new window where actually the heaven starts.I could see some great souls and their dream - and everyone should be inspired by hearing them.

The way of writing failed in some places to show the real effort taken by these legendary entrepreneurs , I felt narration should have been in little more serious.Lots of unwanted Hindi contents make readers loosing the reading track ( especially those who don't know Hindi).

Now a days 'Inspirational books ' are the most wanted ,you can see
Jul 14, 2014 Vaidehi rated it it was amazing
this woman has changed my life. This book is a must read for everyone, especially those who think from their hearts and sometimes wonder about the absurdity of the inequities of the world we live in. This book suddenly gives you the courage to go take that leap of faith - towards a cause you believe in. Tells you you will never have enough if you wait to collect money for that cause. That you just have to go for it.
So much so that I don't even mind the hindi phrases she has used so often (in fa
Aug 31, 2011 Robin rated it liked it
It's not that I needed two years to read this book - it's that this book is perfect to listen to while riding on a train, and it just took me that long to rack up enough train-riding time.

(I have the audiobook edition, which isn't an option on the editions, by the way).

The English is easy to listen to, many of the stories are quite interesting and tell of great success in improving the world. However, for those not from India - myself included - the monetary amounts [understandably] make little
Sundarraj Kaushik
Jul 19, 2015 Sundarraj Kaushik rated it liked it
Another book on entrepreneurs. Covers a gamut of varieties from Bindeshwar Phatak who started the Sulabh Sauchalay to Shreesh Jadhav an IIT graduate who gave it all up and joined Belur Mutt as a Sanyasi and runs their educational arm.

In between the likes of Shaheen Mistry who runs the Akansha Foundation which teaches the under privileged in Mumbai and Arvind Kejriwal's Parivartan which gives an idea of how this man discovered and used RTI to benefit the common man and why he is so popular in Del
Sivaraman Nagarajan
Dec 23, 2012 Sivaraman Nagarajan rated it did not like it
A book with nice content . This is something fascinating since this discuss about the Indian legends who are in the process of achieving. Yet could have been much much better than currently what it is.
The reason is that this book ,if written better, could have just occupied the struggle of five achievers.

It looks like the author has just got one hour interview scheduled and she has elaborated all that was said in that one hour:but if she has taken struggle of just one, it could have been more th
Suvil Sipani
A great and simple book. Connected with me but your mileage may vary. You really need to get out of your day-to-day life and aspirations to connect with the stories of the people in this book. It also helped break some assumptions on my part. Having volunteered with NGO's, I was really thinking about the fact on how all these social projects/organisations are limited by the demands of their grant-makers. The first section was real respite to see that social work does not need to depend only on d ...more
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Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert.She is the author of two bestselling books on entrepreneurship. ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ features the stories of 25 MBAs who left lucrative jobs to follow the rough road of entrepreneurship. The book created a new record in Indian publishing by selling over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 8 languages.

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“We don’t need to actually solve the problems of the poor, the dalits, the downtrodden. Give them education and they will become self-confident. They will solve their own problems. So ‘education’ is actually the solution to all problems!” 9 likes
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