The stories about a squalid slum : Dharavi

Well, the title of this post might give you an idea that what this blog post is going to be all about. But, trust me its not that. Dharavi is known as the Asia’s biggest slum area that is in the business capital of India : Mumbai. Honestly, I’d never heard this name before I laid my hands on the book “Poor Little Rich Slum” by Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi. 
I’ve read this book “Stay Hungy Stay Foolish” by Rashmi, 2 years back when I was traveling from Delhi to Jaipur and managed to finish the book during the journey. It was about professional achievements of 25 IIM Graduates who have made it large in their lives. The book inspired me in so many ways and I learned a lot from it. So, when I was browsing flipkart to order a few books for myself and my sister, I came across this new book “Poor Little Rich Slum” by Rashmi and without any second thoughts, I ordered it. The book wasn’t available then and hence I had to wait for good 2 months to lay my hands on it. It got delivered this morning and as I had nothing to do, I started reading it. 
The way this book has been presented is absolutely brilliant. The pictures and the narration about the people mentioned in it makes you think about a lot of things. Life is not easy for everyone, but certain people of Dharavi and I am sure most of them are working their guts out to make their life better, to earn their bread and to sleep peacefully. It took me less than 4 hours to finish the book because the content was so interesting. 
Whole book has been divided into four sections namely 
1. Dharavi, What Ees?
2. The Incubator
3. The Cauldron Of Change
4. The Future
Each of the sections are having chapters containing stories about people, their personal experiences, how they grew up in Dharavi and excelled in their areas of interests. Such a motivational journey it was. With no intention to seek any attention from this post, I realized that I too think a lot like them. All you need is a peaceful life and that does not come at an easy cost. 
I kept tweeting a lot of quotes by people they made while conversing with the writers of the book because I agreed with them. Whether it was of a shoe maker, or a person running a business of leather articles or a potter. Each one of them has their own story and how they came up in life, how happy and content they are with whatever they have. 
I personally feel that, the word “Satisfaction” shouldn’t be a part of one’s dictionary till you are ready to die. Because once you achieved satisfaction with everything in your life, you do not have things to look forward to. There is always a scope for improvement in everything we do. Some realize it and some do not. 
The photography done by Dee Gandhi for the book is highly thought provoking. Every story in the book has been supported with an ample number of photographs so as to make a reader realize what Dharavi and its people are all about. 
While reading this book, an urge to visit Dharavi has born in my heart and I will be visiting Mumbai soon, so probably if I had some spare time in my hands, I would really like to visit the place and see how actually people are living there.

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