Dharavi, Asia s largest slum, Slumdog fame Is that all about it Ofcourse not Its a place of thriving economic activity as well as poverty ridden multi layered social life The book shares the success stories from Dharavi specially from enterprise, economic point of view A good read. Dharavi is a cauldron bubbling with enterprise, with a never say die attitude With spirit and spunk I have been in exile for quite a long time One day I suddenly watched amazing blog of my friend Jimmy Jay and thought I should also pen down something Recently I brought the fourth book written by Rashmi Bansal Poor Little Rich Slum I ordered the book along with biography of Fauja Singh at dirt cheap price But that was it They were lying in one corner when one day I just picked Poor Little Rich Slum and flipped the pages My inspiration to buy this came when I visited Bombay in year 2010 for a bakchodi aka presentation contest Once we landed at the airport and were driving towards the destination I saw a huge rather mammoth slum and thought wow These guys have serious balls if they can stay in this mess Smile on their face made me confused Time filed by and the in year 2012 I was reading about Dharavi Asia s largest slum, Dharavi, home to than a million people right in the mid of India s Financial Capital where 1,400 people shared one toilet Somewhere it reminded me of Shantaram prison scene read Written in fluid and simplistic fashion this books is about 20 son of soils came from all parts of India and their destiny has one common factor Dharavi No Silicon valley, No Princeton University it all starts right here, right now in the heart of India AamchiMumbai Be it the story of jameel Shah the man who made dancing shoes for bollywood head honchos , Soaib Grewal, a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design using his skills to cure one of the worst problems in India Water Purification each one of them is filled with what human spirit can achieve It manifests that all the blockers are in the mind and the most powerful tool given by god to human race Hands can do wonder if used in the right spirit Stop this all for an a moment Coming to the pertinent question a lot of people ask including me we don t have enough resources, don t have money, qualification, correct exposure and all that kind of questions which we hide behind I remember during my MBA macroeconomics professor used to teach about the macroeconomic indicator like Purchasing Power Parity, Per Capita Income , GDP and so on complex terms YUkk But as evident Most of us working in Corporate Rut have one indicator to judge everything i.e CTC or package A parochial view has been created and most of the persons are afraid to take the plunge This book proves it wrong All guys listed in the book don t look the world from the safe view and were not willing to spend their life as bunch of sheep s living in a herd The question I ask to everyone is that they have lived in worst situations imagine ten people living in 10X10 room have no formal education but have used Jigar ,Jugaad and Junoon So if they can live their dream and are creating their Magic factory who is stopping us Only the Mental Roadblocks Please read this saga of human spirit, compassion , blood, pain and pride There are moments when you will feel happy, sad but I am sure it will ask you for a bigger introspection something which education can t teach you Something that is very near to your heart Read to know about it Colourful photographs are also very good Mind it , it s funny as well in between.No Silicon Valley, No Princeton University it s all About Dharavi my friend Salute to strength of Human Spirit.Post is dedicated to Jimmy Jay and his blog A life lived for oneself is the biggest waste of all Poor Little Rich SlumMy Rating 12 10 Must Readhttp humangb.blogspot.in 2012 09 po One Little Two Little Three Little Indians, Four Little Five Little Six Little Indians, Seven Little Eight Little Nine Little Indians One Million Little Indian Entrepreneurs These Are The Stories Of The Little People Who Make Up The Big Idea Of Dharavi A Slum Of Energy, Enterprise And Hope Where Every Hand Is Busy, Every Head Held High Where People Could Be Miserable But Choose To Be Happy A Choice Each Of Us Can Make So this was a fascinating read to someone who has almost never heard of Dharavi, which is the largest slum in Mumbai, but is a hotbed of entrepreneurship and social initiatives The pros of the book are the wide variety of people and their stories introduced in this book, which is characteristic of Rashmi Bansal And there is a peek into the Dharavi slum which is almost a self sustaining ecosystem, an overgrown monster on valuable real estate land, but also a different sort of habitat for poor Mumbai immigrants The inner dynamics of the slum s industries and the people living there would make a interesting read but you catch only a glimpse of it this book The cons are the writing style which is a bit too preachy especially when she needs to conclude a chapter, it could have been avoided but seeing as how her books are marketed as inspirational reads I can see why needs to twist every story into a single line motivational quote This became annoying as the chapters went on But overall, it s a 2 hour read and changes your perception of slums and the people who ve dedicated their lives to it. The book, Poor Little Rich Slum is a great valiant effort in bringing to the forefront what urban dwellers in cities would rather hastily sweep under the carpet The book writes about not just any slum but a place where.a cauldron is bubbling with enterprise, with a never say die attitude With spirit and spunk It writes about Ten by ten feet rooms occupied by eight member families with barely enough space to stretch their legs Stove in one corner, TV in another One wonders,.Even that is surely not enough Where do people relax How do children study When do couples make love The answers are obvious because people do adjust, they make do with what they have.Poor Little Rich Slum could be just any other book about a society bursting at its seams, bearing with the indifferent attitude of the have it alls But, there is a difference What makes this book stand out is the heartfelt intention and initiative of the authors and the photographer to make a difference and the ability to perceive life from the point of view of the people living in Dharavi.People in the pages of this book are real living characters who suffer, slog but survive only because of their determination to make it in life, come what may We may not expect this from them because of the background that they come from But it is a fact, that Dharavi shows time and again that life can be lived and made a success of of course, the definition of success varies everywhere if only one aspires for with the little that one has.I would suggest that everybody, irrespective of status and ideology must have a TASTE of this wonderful book The writing touches the heart without getting too emotional and the pictures are mind blowing A slum of energy, enterprise and hope.Where every hand is busy, every head held high.Where people could be miserable but choose to be happy.A choice each of us can make This quite sums up Dharavi, about which the authors so passionately write in this beautifully designed book I think this should be a prompt enough for you to read this book What say Just one word to begin with This book is a MUST READ it is brilliantly written and is accompanied by stunning photographs When overseas visitors land in Mumbai, they appear shocked at the slums which they spot along the highway en route from the airport Why, even visitors from other parts of India tend to stare open mouthed and ask How do these people live within the four walls of plastic sheets or rusty tin sheets And most of us pucca Mumbaikars i.e long time residents of Mumbai are just immune to the squalor and prefer to ignore it At the same time, within all of us, there is a grudging admiration for the grit which the slum dwellers display, their ingenuity and deep rooted desire to thrive in this big bad world of Mumbai This book by capturing the lives of many people living in Asia s largest slum Dharavi pays a tribute to the spirit of can do, of entrepreneurship, of the willingness to march ahead despite all odds.The book is divided into sections, viz 1 Dharavi, What Ees 2 The Incubator 3 The Cauldron Of Change 4 The Future Each of the sections contain stories about people surviving or at times successfully thriving in Dharavi If the story of Jameel Shah, who now has a thriving enteprise and makes dancing shoes for famous Bollywood stars, captures one heart, so do the stories of those not living in Dharavi, but engaged with Dharavi.Take Srini for example His story is aptly captured in the chapter Less is More Srini volunteers for Teach for India A lot of love and patience has helped him ensure that his students take an interest in learning, especially in learning English Of course, his innovative concepts of putting coins in a box, when pleased with the students performance to be used for a treat later or prize rewards of marbles which no young lad can resist, played a huge motivational role Or then, there is Soaib Grewal, a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, who has set up a social enterprise that aims to introduce clean water techniques in Dharavi A water purification tablet sells for as little as Rs 1 and then there are the high end filters which sell for than a thousand bucks Creating awareness about the need to drink clean water is taking time, but this enterprise is determined to do its bit You can find a detailed review on my blog The outsider is blind to the drudgery of Dharavi He chooses to see a colorful, chaotic, creatively inspirational mess We watch these blind men as they scramble over the elephant of Dharavi It is an amusing sight and, at the same time, a tragic one.Above are few sentences that are written by the authors about the situation in Dharavi They have picked up individual entrepreneur stories from the slum The book showcases how the inhabitants have made a comfortable life for themselves despite the hardships There is also a mention of different NGOs working towards a better life for the people in Dharavi The book gives a statistical account with a personal take on the lives It is not always the pitying state The authors also provide with solutions towards the end.The language is very simple since the book is directed to the majority who cares about the cause The authors also go poetic in a few places, quoting books It also has a Hindi sentences to bring people in slums closer to the readers I liked the flow of sentences Even though they are separated by wide gaps the sentences seem to have a flow.Read complete review at This book is packed with inspiration So often we come across hurdles in our lives, blaming them for our failures, but here s a book that comes up with so many inspiring stories of success that came up with flying colors inspite of all the difficulties existing in their daily life Poor Little Rich Slum is an ode to the success stories of Dharavi that will not only uplift your soul but also fill you up with determination that no matter how the situation is, it can be won over our sheer determination and perseverance Excellent Read We need of such books I ve been to Dharavi a couple of times and worked in other Mumbai slums, it s good to see a book talk about the positive sides of these communities But in the end, this is just a short summary of businesses and people, seemingly geared towards the Indian middle class that drives by these slums every day and are discovering that there is a real economy there Key points of dialogue are in Hindi so that probably hurts my interpretation of the book, so I can t be too critical If you do want to learn , just use Google to follow up on these organizations If you want to dig deeper into people s stories and motivations, read End of Karma. The book is a fast paced summary of businesses surviving in Dharavi It does not show the full picture of conditions and that is still okay What it fails to do is to make us care about these real life fighters Probably because it is less of their voice and of the writer s.
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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- Poor Little Rich Slum
- Rashmi Bansal
- 04 April 2019 Rashmi Bansal