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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. SomeonI 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. Someone like you....

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ISBN : 9789380658384
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Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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I have a Dream Reviews

  • Atul Sabnis
    2018-11-10 05:51

    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 CAPS??If it was well-written, this could have well become a a motivational and an inspirational book.

  • Harleen
    2018-11-02 09:05

    Poor writing and execution. After reading Rashmi Bansal and Chetan Bhagat, I feel just anyone can claim to be an author.

  • Murali
    2018-10-24 07:10

    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. :)

  • Himani
    2018-11-15 08:55

    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 mortals like me to recharge and get back to grips before we can go on! Well, I took my own time in reading it, so I could do better justice to Rashmi Bansal’s efforts to celebrate the deeds of those that celebrate humanity…and life, in the truest of sense, that can be!This said, lets look at what the book has in wait, for its readers:As the back cove says it, it is “the story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs” each in the league of their own! And yet, there runs a common thread through it all:“Be the change you want to see in the world.” (as Mahatma Gandhi philosophized.) They all work with all their might, and prove that “change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door”. They are the people next door who chose to employ their innate humanness and all of their faculties to make a difference to the less endowed! To achieve “ a greater common good” through leaving no stone unturned, in not just thinking, but even ‘acting’ differently…by giving different hues and manifestations to a ‘common’ dream!While some of them are ‘Rainmakers‘ who ‘Weave the People‘ ‘Rags to Riches‘…’Prodigal Sun‘ ‘Moving Mountains‘ or even heeding ‘The Sound of Silence‘, other are ‘Changemakers‘ who take “a small step towards making it as it should be.” And there are ‘The Spiritual Capitalists‘ that choose to live by the ideal of service, still, “Because they believe purity of purpose and selflessness of spirit can transcend every limitation”…where by, there are the likes of Shreesh Jadhav that hold “up a candle…a light of hope in the darkness of the selfish, me-first world.After all, not just anyone would come out right and say, (to none other than Rajiv Gandhi,) “if you really want to have a battle then battle on the content of education and how it is to be delivered!” Or proclaim “If I tell you desh mein do hazaar crore ka ghotala ho gaya, it’s just a story. But if I tell you the kachcha road outside your house has been ‘made’ last year, as per municipal records, your blood boils.“They have mights of steel, and wouldn’t (didn’t) take ‘no’ for an answer though they had to lose (lost) even those/what would matter most in life…the likes Sumita Ghose, who didn’t break down and give up their dream upon losing their spouse at the altar of their cause, but continued by themselves, to make real the cause that took away their spouse! (Sumita’s husband was murdered by ULFA for mobilizing locals to build their own embankments so they wouldn’t be washed away in the tide of corruption, each year!)Further, excerpts directly from the ‘protagonists’ placed here and there, on grey backdrop, on the top or bottom of some pages, and ‘Advise for young entrepreneurs’ at the end of each ‘story’ makes it an even better (could be read impressive/effective) read.I guess this is it from me…let Rashmi do the rest of the talking!

  • Prajakta Mahajan
    2018-11-14 10:06

    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
    2018-11-07 07:10

    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 a very humbling experience. to learn that these people are very ordinary people like us and yet they took the oath of making a change in this world and decided to do so without hesitation actually made me contemplate on what i am doing with my life.

  • Vismay
    2018-10-26 06:54

    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. For long, the Pachyderms inside our minds have developed and trained a larynx so strong enough that it can handle continuous complains, jeers, bickering, shouts and cusses about the dire state the country is suffering from without developing any strain at all.There are some, like us, who like to whine about it, while there are others who actually do something about it. ‘I have a Dream’ by Rashmi Bansal tells a tale of 20 such social entrepreneurs, who have not lost the reference point of their heart which is called love and empathy and have tried to bring about a change in the lives of millions of people. In the beginning of the book, the author says that these people aren’t Mother Teresas, they are common men, like you and me, who apply the fundamental principles of business-management transforming lives as a result.From Sulabh Sauchalays to Micro-Venture Funding, from Right to Information act to Coaching classes- this book covers it all. It is a belief long held by the guys from I.I.M.s across the countries that reading and hearing stories of the Guys Who Made It will inspire, move, and catalyze a change in our actions until we ourselves join their league. Rashmi Bansal of ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ and ‘Connect the Dots’ excels in the craft of story-telling. This is her third book, which, in the similar vein as the previous two tells the life-tales of the guys who roughed it out, following their hearts, ultimately fulfilling their dreams and long held aspirations.Well though she tells other people’s stories, she herself is a success story. She had made it her ultimate goal to inspire youths through words. Not only does she etch out bestsellers, she is an owner of a vibrant and fun filled youth oriented magazine J.A.M. (Just Another Magazine), which is quite a rage among the youngsters.I think you would enjoy it, I did. Nothing is too big, nothing so larger than life that it is insurmountable. After all they did it…

  • Poonam
    2018-11-12 12:08

    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 inspiration comes from their desire to 'do good'. Pegging their efforts in the same bracket as some of the others who literally started from scratch & struggled had to make ends meet, is farcical.

  • Geo Raju
    2018-10-21 08:02

    i love reading books on famous people....people who cared for other people....spend their days and nights to make other peoples life better....here 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....everyone should know there are peoplelike this living in this country who had dedicated their lives for others and for the development of this country....realise you could be also a chamge maker.

  • Anandh Sundar
    2018-10-29 11:14

    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 $2.5online.

  • Jaimit Doshi
    2018-11-02 11:17

    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
    2018-11-13 11:00

    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.

  • Sugan
    2018-11-15 03:50

    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...

  • Sameer
    2018-11-04 05:08

    Incredible stories of real people... People are awesome, doing mind blowing work...

  • Vijay
    2018-10-25 06:04

    Again Rashmi delivers with excellent book...this time the focus in on SOCIAL aspect!

  • Madhur Shrimal
    2018-11-16 05:05

    A nice book to get inspired for innovation.

  • Mayank Joshi
    2018-10-30 10:07

    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 possess I have a Dream Again - the English is not the best. But, still communicates the message. If we can leave the critics apart and learn from the social transformation achieved by these 25 people - we will be looking at creating a better world for tomorrow..Overall Good Book For Learning Entrepreneurs..

  • Sharang Limaye
    2018-10-31 11:18

    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 hardly find a place in the public consciousness. To that end, the author's labour is a success. More power to her.

  • Archies Nayak
    2018-11-01 11:59

    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 other people's work only.

  • Nasima
    2018-10-21 11:55

    i am not read fully. that cover page tells lot..hope its a gud story...

  • Prakash
    2018-10-23 07:55

    A Must read for everyone.

  • Neha Reddy
    2018-10-27 09:12

    I have a dream...

  • Inderpal
    2018-10-30 06:12

    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 social work being something to be done on the side on a voluntary basis. Gave me a lot of fresh ideas and old motivation, in fact, a lot of my own activism efforts were refueled by this one.Entrepreneurial spirit plus a zeal to bring about direct reform equals a life of purpose and feeds the deprived soul!Having said that, the stories were were very surface level and lacked working structures of mentioned institutions or ample of examples of how they averted crises and their takeaway, or even enough background of how the initiatives started. Perhaps a case of reading too much of the same author making them predictable?

  • Amit Gupta
    2018-11-13 09:12

    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, Changemakers and Spiritual Capitalists. The first section, expectedly the largest of the three, has 11 stories of people whose enterprises make profits, but for whom profit is not the only driving force. The next section is the most inspirational, about genuine change agents who have kickstarted movements of wide-ranging consequences in areas such as RTI activism and education. The third section, as its title signals, is about those who have blended spiritualism and service for common good. Two stories stood out for me: Mirakle couriers started by Dhruv Lakhra which employs exclusively deaf people to deliver parcels and Super 30 started by Anand Kumar who enrolled 30 underprivileged students , prepare them for 2 odd years to get through IIT-JEE. Both these stories defy the stereotypes and have never wandered away from the core mission and vision of the company, even though their business is highly scalable. The most relevant story as of today must be that of Arvind Kejriwal, but i hope this chapter is updated in the next edition to include bits about the messy Lokpal bill controversy. I am not underestimating his genuine efforts in filing numerous RTI applications through ‘Parvirtan’, but it just seems odd not to know anything about the roadblocks he is facing along with managing the entrepreneurship role. Most of the stories are inspiring and portrays a strong conviction of the entrepreneur as a life-changing experience. All of them portray the same philosophy – be the change you always wanted to see in the world. The most fascinating facet of these stories is that all are in Indian context and have overcome some genuine bureaucratic and social issues to achieve in their own spheres. The only quibble I have with this book is that certain chapters are stretched unnecessarily and poorly edited. The Chilka Lake story goes in circles during the middle portions and does not contribute much to the overall setup. Also, the author’s knack of breaking into Hindi vernacular has been constantly criticized and this book is no different. In fact, out of the three books she has authored, this one is peppered with maximum Hindi usage. There is nothing wrong in keeping the language simple and accessible, but the deliberate intentions of trying to reach readers through Hindi one-liners seems forced, almost as second thought.But these are mere nitpickings in an otherwise engaging, competent third part in the entrepreneurship series of books by the same author. The main intention of bringing out the stories of not-so-glamorous, almost invisible entrepreneurs is commendable and deserves a look ahead.

  • IndiaReads.com
    2018-10-24 07:59

    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 least. Whether you are an entrepreneur or aspire to become one, a student looking for motivation or just a common man, this book is a must read for all. It’s a book by an Indian, about Indians. It’s about our old problems and their new solutions. It’s about courage, determination, intellect and change.The book identifies three kinds of people. The Rainmakers, who run sustainable businesses with the core idea of ‘doing good’, the Changemakers, who have led movements to change the society, the Spiritual Capitalists, who have chosen to live by the ideal of selflessness and service.It starts with the powerful story of Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, who recounts the abominable incident where as a child he was made to swallow cow dung to purify him after contact with an untouchable and how he worked to gain the ‘scavengers’ their rightful place in society.Another soulful story is that of Sumita Ghose, whose husband was murdered by ULFA when the two of them were working for rural development in Assam. How Sumita pulled herself up and later started her own brand of crafts and textiles, Rangsutra, is a tale of unmatched confidence and belief. Be it a berry processing unit in the distant land of Spiti or a courier service run entirely by deaf people, each story in the book is a model of empowerment and an account of undying passion.There is also the struggle of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, of the Aam Aadmi Party and his banner ‘Parivartan’ which pioneered the use of RTI to empower citizens. The unabashed confidence of Shaheen Mistri, whose small initiative of teaching slum children grew into a nationwide effort Akanksha and later into the widely successful ‘Teach for India’ initiative. There are gentlemen like Madhu Pandit Dasa and Vinayak Lohani who chose to keep aside their IIT and IIM degrees, respectively, to hear their heart’s calling.I have a dream nails the fact that change begins with one person, a person like you and me. The purpose of all education, knowledge, management and intellect is to bring a positive change, to allow you to follow your dream. Ultimately, it is your passion which lets you sleep peacefully at night, money doesn’t.I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s a quick, easy read. Go grab a copy and, well, get inspired!

  • Jaideep Khanduja
    2018-11-07 03:59

    http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo...Book Review: I have a Dream: Rashmi Bansal: Big Talk Low ResultsI 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 not that these 20 entrepreneurs did nothing substantial to contribute to the society, but the book has not been able to deliver what it claims.The stories have been told as desired with lot of hidings in between the lines. The articles, what I call them, are more of subjective in nature, giving merely a broader picture with no concrete on the root level problems faced by these 20 entrepreneurs and how did they come out of it. The book I have a Dream has been divided into three major sections - Rainmakers, Changemakers and The Spiritual Capitalist. Rainmakers have been explained as those social enterprises that are revenue generating but not with the goal of merely generating profits or revenues. So the four enterprises taken in this category by Rashmi Bansal are those social organizations which opt for making profit while performing social reforms and not merely doing if for the sake of charity. There are 11 rainmakers in the book.Similarly Changemakers are the personal entities who go one step ahead from others in making thing happens while others keep expecting them to happen. There are 7 chnangemakers who were revolutionary to converting their and others' dreams into a reality or at least dared to. And finally there are 3 Spiritual Capitalists who still server with values, selflessness with purity of mind and heart.All things said and done, the enterprises and personalities chosen are definitely a showcase and legendary but the purpose goes into air the way things have been presented. Cover lacks to generate any inspiration or motivation being so simple and plain. Pages are dull and printing is too compact making it stressful to eyes. Font size is one size lesser than required for a comfortable read. Pictures of the selected personalities are so dull that are least capable of imparting any message. Style of writing too is not too impressive being too reporting sort and thus moving away from its goal or motive.Overall 2 out of 5.

  • Nithin
    2018-10-27 07:10

    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 proportion of them having degrees from IIM - nevertheless, wide in coverage of areas. More so, one realises that a LOT of impact can be made by individual effort. Most of the people presented have one thing in common - their passion and zeal for their cause has blinded them from seeing personal welfare or comfort. All of them achieved what they did through untiring full-time efforts. Their organisation also served to help them survive. Pretty good read. I would recommend it for people looking at avenues in the development sector, NGOs, writing and people who believe in the power of entrepreneurship to benefit the needy.

  • Lalit Pal
    2018-11-11 07:56

    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 that, many youngsters and experience persons of the society use their skills to just self living. But these people have used their skills to do good and to serve the people.Each individual of this story has given different ways on how you can do good, if you are willing to do good. They have also shown the problems, which may arise in the struggle of doing good. The best thing about this book and the people of this book is that, they have never back downed from doing good, and have taught us the same.I have been truly inspired by this book, and it has helped me a lot in achieving the goal of my life to do good.One of the best book for those who want to do good.

  • Sugeesh
    2018-11-01 10:01

    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 half of book store filled with 'truly-inspirational books'.There is a fact that the Indians started following goals in international level , a result of globalization.So the meaning of 'Success of life' changed a lot ,Its became more individual oriented. and We started looking for 'inspiration' every where.I think this book shows us some legends who always been path breakers ,and succeeded to achieve their dream - and the dream is nothing but the goodwill of our society.So I felt this book deserve special place in 'so called inspirational books section ',Because if anyone got inspired by this book ,if any one changed because of reading it - It's good for the society.

  • Vaidehi
    2018-11-10 08:49

    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 fact I thought the style was refreshing) and the very poor self-help language she has used to describe her appreciation for the courage of these heroes. The book is sometimes boring as the author goes into technical aspects that are incomplete, and cannot be read at one go. But I suppose it is not meant to be read that way. It is meant to be absorbed just enough to motivate, over a long enough period that you can decide taking concrete steps towards discovering the social entrepreneur in you. Until now, I really didn't consider it "my career path". Suddenly I am sure I want to dedicate my life attempting to solve one or more of the issues that hurt our nation's people.