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I have a Dream

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,311 ratings  ·  136 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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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
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.
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?
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
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'.
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....
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: 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 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 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 rated it liked it
Incredible stories of real people... People are awesome, doing mind blowing work...
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Again Rashmi delivers with excellent book...this time the focus in on SOCIAL aspect!
Madhur Shrimal
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
A nice book to get inspired for innovation.
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
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 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.
Neha Reddy
I have a dream...
Manoj Joshi
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Inspiring stories on entrepreneurs
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
one of the best book on social entrepreneurship.
Anoop M.S
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellant motivating book
Feb 27, 2017 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 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 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
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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.

Rashmi’s second book, ‘Con
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