I Too Had a Dream by Verghese Kurien

 I wanted to read this book for a long time and finally this week I bought it from crosswords. Surely this book is one of the most interesting business biographies I”ve read in recent times.  Its certainly as inspiring as Dr Kalam’s Wings of Fire.

Dr Kurien’s story is strikingly similar to Muhammad Yunus’s. His book Banker to the Poor has striking similarities. Both of them were immensely patriotic, had to find their way in the maze of bureaucracy and corruption remarkably successful at it.  Both had a perseverance to reach their goal and work to empower the poor. I see Yunus’s book as a companion book.  On a side note, speaking of perseverance, here’s an image that that does justice to the meaning of word perseverance.

This books has lots of inspiring and interesting encounters Dr Kurian had. This includes almost all the prime ministers of India, reference to Sardar Patel and her daughter Maniben Patel and Dr Kurian’s mentor Tribhuvandas Patel.

While searching on the web for Dr Kurian, I realized there’s still no Wikipedia entry on him. I also found this article from a fellow blogger http://amoalsale.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/i-too-had-a-dream-dr-verghese-kurien/ 

I’ll certainly write  about the book more once I’m done reading and also quote a few memorable lines from this book in my next post.

By the way, there’s an online link  “Bharat Ratna for Dr Verghese Kurien. Please take few minutes to sign it.