Monthly Monday Book Review for January’14 – I have a Dream – Rashmi Bansal

Sun started smiling with its sunshine! So, the wait is over.

Enjoy the Book Review with steaming hot coffee.

Book Name – I have a Dream

 Author – Rashmi Bansal

Official description of the Book

“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. Someone like you

What’s in the Book?

It is divided into 3 sections – Rainmakers, Change makers and Spiritual Capitalist


This section includes a collection of social enterprise that generate revenue but whose primary motive is not profit

It includes stories of Sulabh international, Conserve India (Yippee! We were featured), Aavishkaar social venture fund, Rangsutra, Desicrew, Spiti ecosphere, SELCO, Pipal tree, Project Chilika, Super 30, Mirakle Couriers,

Change makers

This section includes profile of those who believed that it just takes a single person to start a movement

It includes stories of Pratham, Goonj, Association for Democratic Reforms, Akanksha, Parivartan, Blind Person’s Association,

The Spiritual Capitalist

This section includes profile of individuals who chose to live by the principle of ideal service and believe in purity of purpose and selflessness.

It includes stories of Akshaya Patra, Parivaar Ashram, Belur Math,

What I liked the most ?

  1. On a serious note, let’s start from the Prologue. I really love these verses – “principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. “ It strikes a chord. It is a real food for thought for many aspiring B-School students.
  2. The next thing I liked the best is the way in which the book is organized. First, it showcases a definition of her categorization followed by the brief individual profile of everyone under that category. It’s more like a curtain raiser. All these make it very user friendly.
  3. Further, those 3 different categories gives a feel that there is something for everyone. We all like to do some social good. But, the route we like to take may be different. For some profit doesn’t matter, when it comes to social good. There are people out there who believe it just takes 1 to start a movement. While there are others who believe in ideal service for the social good! Regardless of your route to social good, “I have a dream – Rashmi Bansal” will offer you something.
  4. The scattered Hindi Lingo was a fresh change and made me say – “Hey, I am reading a creation of Indian”
  5. Last but not the least, trust me every story will inspire you to do some common good.

Did you know?

Honorable Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is also featured in the book. You can read about him under the title “Into that Heaven of Freedom”. It showcases the movement ‘Parivartan’

What was the surprise?

I am aware of so many ‘Ivy League Wall Street went on to become monk”. All those IIT folks in spiritualist capital were real surprise for me.

Verse to remember

“When corporates do CSR, it is their last priority. But, when fair trade companies or NGO’s take up marketing programs, then fairness is the top-most priority. That is the difference.” – Rags to Riches, I have a Dream – Rashmi Bansal

Crowning glory

A kid never says no to candy, but there is always this special candy that he/she wants for every Birthday. We may relish every cuisine around the world, but homemade with mom’s love is the ultimate joy.

On that note, every story is great and there is no differing opinion on that.

But, the greatest, the most beautiful and the most impressive of all is “RAGS TO RICHES”

The title “RAGS TO RICHES” features the story of Conserve India and our visionary Anita Ahuja.

So, Have you read this book ? If yes, were our views different ?

Note – Official description of the Book was Sourced from


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