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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.

About the Author
Rashmi Bansal is the best-selling author of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots and I Have a Dream. Her books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into ten languages. She is currently searching for stories for her next book.

Deepak Gandhi is a management consultant, speaker and teacher, with an abiding interest in the social sector. In a pro- fessional career spanning three decades, he has worked with NDDB, Tata Steel and UNDP. Deepak currently divides his time between India and Canada.

Dee Gandhi is self-taught freelance photographer who practices ‘no price tag’ photography. He is currently making many many people happy with beautiful photographs and making enough ‘fair profit’ to quit the retrace.

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Author Deepak Gandhi, Rashmi Bansal
Book Details
Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789381626184
ISBN-10 9381626184
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 204 Pages
Dimensions
Height 0.47 inch
Weight 224 g
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Md Madani
16 Jun 2012
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This book Does NOT Connect the Dots.

Well, i ordered this book even before it was released. So, as usual FK did a great job in delivering the book on time that too with the limited edition Autographed by Rashmi Bhansal herself. But, the book turned out to be a BIG disappointment. Unlike the last 3 books of amazing success stories, this book is a re-creation of discovery channel episode on Dharavi. I finished the book in about 4.5 hours of time. Not for once was my adrenaline high.

If you like reading books, then probably go ahead and complete your collection but don't expect this book to do wonders to your motivation level....
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Well, i ordered this book even before it was released. So, as usual FK did a great job in delivering the book on time that too with the limited edition Autographed by Rashmi Bhansal herself. But, the book turned out to be a BIG disappointment. Unlike the last 3 books of amazing success stories, this book is a re-creation of discovery channel episode on Dharavi. I finished the book in about 4.5 hours of time. Not for once was my adrenaline high.

If you like reading books, then probably go ahead and complete your collection but don't expect this book to do wonders to your motivation level....
Well, i ordered this book even before it was released. So, as usual FK did a great job in delivering the book on time that too with the limited edition Autographed by Rashmi Bhansal herself. But, the book turned out to be a BIG disappointment. Unlike the last 3 books of amazing success stories, this book is a re-creation of discovery channel episode on Dharavi. I finished the book in about 4.5 hours of time. Not for once was my adrenaline high.

If you like reading books, then probably go ahead and complete your collection but don't expect this book to do wonders to your motivation level.

The only good thing was the quality of paper used this time. Was different, with more colorful contexts and paragraphs. But, that does not make up for the content.

None-the-less, reading and knowing what i already know was fun.

6 of 6 users found this review helpful.
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Devavratan Kaundinya
27 Jul 2012
Dharavi Shines!

Beware folks! The new generation of IIMs is not just capable of managing giant international firms with their admin skills for astronomical salaries! They can surprise you as writers of contemporary fiction and motivational books and self improvement to name a few topics. So we have Chetan Bhagat who took the young and the old readers by storm through his ???Five Point Someone??? and making regular appearances in television shows and magazines with his thought provoking writings and a few more positively substandard books though claimed to be best sellers. Now we have another IIM alumni, Ra... ()

Beware folks! The new generation of IIMs is not just capable of managing giant international firms with their admin skills for astronomical salaries! They can surprise you as writers of contemporary fiction and motivational books and self improvement to name a few topics. So we have Chetan Bhagat who took the young and the old readers by storm through his ???Five Point Someone??? and making regular appearances in television shows and magazines with his thought provoking writings and a few more positively substandard books though claimed to be best sellers. Now we have another IIM alumni, Ra...
Beware folks! The new generation of IIMs is not just capable of managing giant international firms with their admin skills for astronomical salaries! They can surprise you as writers of contemporary fiction and motivational books and self improvement to name a few topics. So we have Chetan Bhagat who took the young and the old readers by storm through his ???Five Point Someone??? and making regular appearances in television shows and magazines with his thought provoking writings and a few more positively substandard books though claimed to be best sellers. Now we have another IIM alumni, Rashmi Bansal who created ripples with her first two books now had come out with her in depth study of Dharavi Slum titled ???Poor Little Rich Slum???.

She had co authored the book with Deepak Gandhi with some catchy photographs of Dee Gandhi.

You can easily guess what would have been the content who is famous for her writings on entrepreneurship and motivating talks. She had completely overshadowed the darker and seamy sides of Dharavi and presented the brighter and cleaner aspects of it. So we happened to know about some international traders, small time hoteliers, women activists and entrepreneurs, gym trainers, educationalists and social workers. The variety is amazing and unbelievable.

But what is surprising is a place which had been all along known for its criminal records, shady deals and abject poverty can foster such activities on the long run? I am not sure whether the author is taking the reader for a ride or the other media doing that job! Whatever, according to Bansal and Gandhi ???Dharavi should be celebrated and replicated???.

That one line speaks volumes of the perception and hypocrisy of the Indian elite and educated!

3 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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Chetan Sharma
12 Feb 2013
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Every cloud has a silver lining

I am associated with one of the enterprises featured in this book, Barefoot Acupuncturists. So I often need to buy this book to gift to our funders and supporters; including acupuncturists who come from overseas to work at our clinics.

Just recently we required 5 copies of this book. I couldn't go to any physical bookstores to buy this book, because I'm recovering from a fractured leg. So I logged on to Flipkart and placed the order to be delivered directly to the clinic. It was delivered in 2 days (with the added bonus of 41% off on the book). The option of having the receipt billed to th...
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I am associated with one of the enterprises featured in this book, Barefoot Acupuncturists. So I often need to buy this book to gift to our funders and supporters; including acupuncturists who come from overseas to work at our clinics.

Just recently we required 5 copies of this book. I couldn't go to any physical bookstores to buy this book, because I'm recovering from a fractured leg. So I logged on to Flipkart and placed the order to be delivered directly to the clinic. It was delivered in 2 days (with the added bonus of 41% off on the book). The option of having the receipt billed to th...
I am associated with one of the enterprises featured in this book, Barefoot Acupuncturists. So I often need to buy this book to gift to our funders and supporters; including acupuncturists who come from overseas to work at our clinics.

Just recently we required 5 copies of this book. I couldn't go to any physical bookstores to buy this book, because I'm recovering from a fractured leg. So I logged on to Flipkart and placed the order to be delivered directly to the clinic. It was delivered in 2 days (with the added bonus of 41% off on the book). The option of having the receipt billed to the company also makes it easy for account records. So there are multiple reasons why ordering from Flipkart is first preference for me.

As for the the book itself. The reader has to keep in mind that this book focuses only on the silver lining of the cloud that is Dharavi. The negative issues surrounding Dharavi are already well-known. Having the author mentioning them would be redundant. What instead is a fresh thing to do is explore how human enterprise and compassion can still prevail in this dark and difficult environment. That's just what this book is about. If you read this book from that point of view you will appreciate it.
The only critical point I can tell of is that the book has many quotes in Hindi which are not translated. This creates a gap in the story and is often vexing to a reader who does not know Hindi. I say this from experience of having given the book to many foreigners and receiving their feedback. An English translation of the quotes as a footnote would have done good. It is to be kept in mind that Dharavi is most fascinating to foreigners. Therefore a significant target audience for this book would be foreigners; who are largely non-Hindi speaking. By adding numerous Hindi passages without a translation, the overall international virality of the book has been hampered.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Amit Panda
18 Jun 2012
India needs more entrprising people like Dharavi........ wish our politicians and babus read this book

Welcome change, book is written in a simple form with beautiful pictures of Dharavi along with its most beautiful people, who are doing a great job quietly in Dharavi. Authors have done great job by showcasing some of the honest, passionate and focused people, who are not privileged to go to good schools/colleges/universities. Their inner strength, convictions and attitude not only transformed their career but of many others who are working with them. They are living with dignity and pride.

I am indebted to authors and photographer for their contribution.

Amit

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Mehul Tewar
26 Mar 2014
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Good book but not enough Detail

4th Book of Rashmi Bansal and when book is on Dharavi and its Businessman then you expect more detail but its more picture and not much detail.

People who thinks Dharavi is just slum and for elites who thinks its the blot on the Mumbai's economic landscape then Must Read book for them... how and what people thinks about Dharavi who live there and still aspiring as other normal Indians...

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Good book but not enough Detail

4th Book of Rashmi Bansal and when book is on Dharavi and its Businessman then you expect more detail but its more picture and not much detail.

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A decent but very long and clumsy title.

The author is very well know for her two best sold books but this one is not upto the expectations. Moreover the contents of the sessions are missing, for which have been overwritten by addition of pictures. Looking for the brighter side, the reader has a good view of what actually is Dharavi, es... (View complete review)

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Venu Rao Deva
29 Nov 2013
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Poor Little Rich Slum

Thanks to flipkart for delivering in time. As regards to the Book, each one should read the book as this portrays positive face of Dharavi which is popularly known as slum area. The book gives insight to small entrepreneurs who are into various businesses and running successfully. One of the impo... (View complete review)

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Imrankhan Pathan
17 Nov 2013
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Poor by economy, Rich in spirits

Kudos to Rashmi Bansal for presenting an altogether opposite perspective of what we previously had in our minds. An excellent book and a must read. Just go out and buy it (View complete review)

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saikiran bandari
18 Jul 2013
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Inspiring Book

This book is seriosuly awesome. We will find the success stories of so many people and you find stories of young entrepreneurs , activists like Jockin who won Magsaysay award, women activists and some brilliant ideas all from Asia's largest slum Dharavi . Seriously inspiring book. All these peop... (View complete review)

    Book: Poor Little Rich Slum (English) by Deepak Gandhi, Rashmi Bansal
    ISBN Number: 9381626184, 9789381626184, 978-9381626184

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