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I have a Dream

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,536 ratings  ·  152 reviews
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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Jul 26, 2012 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.
Atul Sabnis
Oct 21, 2011 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
Aug 24, 2011 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 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 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?
Dakshesh Thacker
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a development sector professional I am constantly seeking to learn about the multiple problems that face society. In the context of India itself there are infinite. My intention to pick up this book (my third Rashmi Bansal book) was to understand from the journey of various social entrepreneurs the experiences they underwent to identify the problems they wanted to solve. Rashmi Bansal does cover some stellar stories and details the journey of some prominent and some not so prominent yet impac ...more
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 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 from
Geo Raju
Nov 23, 2011 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....
Nov 17, 2012 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'. The
Anandh Sundar
Aug 02, 2011 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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: others, biographies
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 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.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Again Rashmi delivers with excellent book...this time the focus in on SOCIAL aspect!
Sep 16, 2011 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...
Madhur Shrimal
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A nice book to get inspired for innovation.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Incredible stories of real people... People are awesome, doing mind blowing work...
Mayank Joshi
Jul 09, 2017 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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, the first thing that I want to do is to congratulate the author for such an insightful and eye opener book.

It was the first time that I read a book on social entrepreneurship. There are a lot of books covering stories of successful entrepreneurs, but I doubt if there are even ten of them covering social entrepreneurs (basically people with such strong messages to give to society).

My take away from this book is simply how effective a thought for humanity could be. Just a thought could trans
Sharang Limaye
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The stories are inspirational, the writing not so much. There are some extraordinary individuals featured in 'I Have A Dream'. Bansal's penmanship, however, fails to do justice to them. What should have been rousing tales of generosity and compassion are reduced to mundane newsmagazine-sort-of articles. Still, the effort in compiling this book is worth lauding. Publications eulogizing the super-rich, super-successful are a dime a dozen. People who have devoted their lives to altruistic causes ha ...more
Aniket Patil
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Its just a copy paste of information from newspapers and magazines in consolidated format.
If you happen to be among those who are not reading newspapers and current affairs magazines, or general magazines but you still want to read about some entrepreneurs then buy this one.

Not expected from IIM MBA person to present such thing. one can find info on internet easily. I am purposefully avoiding other books of this author. This was random buy from myside order to learn something, end up reading oth
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
just like 'Stay hungry and stay foolish'!!

“We don’t need to actually solve the problems of the poor, the Dalits, the downtrodden. Give them an education and they will become self-confident. They will solve their own problems. So ‘education’ is actually the solution to all problems!”
― from I have a Dream
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inspiring stories of men and women who didn’t care about being highly qualified and about what would happen if they didn’t succeed in what they set out to do. Sacrificing big career opportunities and pursuing dreams and ideas that are of benefit to the people that are not just profit driven but mainly purpose driven. #BookLovers #LoveToRead #AtoZEntrepreneurship #dntjbookclub
Vishal Sharma
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Good content, bad writing.
This book shares stories of many people, who brought change in the society. But the writing style of the author is very weak. The writing style is not impressive at all.

She makes very interesting stories of inspiring, but less-known people very boring and not easy to comprehend.
Abhishek Jha
A collection of real life stories that will inspire and will make you reflect back on your life and its decisions and how you dealt with problems in comparison to how they made a mark with even adverse situations.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jo
i am not read fully. that cover page tells lot..hope its a gud story...
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Must read for everyone.
Manoj Joshi
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Inspiring stories on entrepreneurs
Gaurav Pendhari
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book in 3rd year of my engineering.It was a good read ..! Lot of inspiring stories!
Rahul Dangi
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and inspiring stories of social entrepreneur. I am a bit late to read this but Rashmi must bring a sequel to this.
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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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