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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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Specifications of Poor Little Rich Slum (Paperback)

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
Height 0.47 inch
Weight 224 g
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16 June 12
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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.

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.

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27 July 12
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, 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!

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12 February 13
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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 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.

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26 August 12
There can be, and there are success stories among slum dwellers

People have this strange quality of finding consolation about their own lives by looking at the disadvantaged circumstances of others. When I got this book, I thought it was written for such an audience. Fortunately, it was not.

While this book doesn't go into the murkier and darker side of what happens in Dharavi *and doesn't claim that it does anywhere*, it does a very good job of highlighting some success stories that might have easily missed people's attention. These stories simply deserve to be highlighted.

Irrespective of what you might feel when you read the title of this book, it is a 'feel-good' book. I did feel good that in spite of such difficult living conditions, people were in fact trying their best to make things better for themselves and their families. Some organizations were trying to bring betterment to the slum-dwellers instead of passing it off as a hopeless case. Isn't that what human spirit all about?

The author makes her case through short case studies of businesses and non-commercial organizations that operate from within Dharavi. While each case study feels comprehensive, it could have been covered a little more in-depth. The pictures by Dee are excellent, and have been included at the right places in the book.

I feel that 'Poor Little Rich Slum' is an excellent book, but it could have been a little longer.

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10 August 12
Love Rashmi and Deepak Gandhi

Book contains series of true stories of enterprising people of Dharavi. Dharavi was a NINJA slum-No Income No job No Assets slum, yet some of the dedicated and spirited people created not only income but jobs and assets too in Dharavi despite no support from government,financial institutions/banks or any other formal/organized institutions.

Deepak Gandhi and Rashmi Bansal has very skillfully handled the complex subject and very well portrayed Dharavi's hidden side amidst sub-human living conditions.

Both the authors have done excellent research and deserve 100% kudos for their remarkable book. Deepak Gandhi's idea and emotional connect with India supported by Rashmi Bansal (an acknowledged and celebrated author) proves their power of team and collaborative attitude.

Dee's photographs adds extra flavor to book and makes easy for readers to feel and understand Dharavi.

My deep gratitude to Deepak Gandhi, Rashmi Bansal and Dee. I am looking forward for their future ideas and work.

New Delhi

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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...

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26 March 14
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A decent but very long and clumsy title.

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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...

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29 November 13
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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 b...

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17 November 13
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    ISBN Number: 9381626184, 9789381626184, 978-9381626184


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