Kolkata, July 24 (IBNS): Author of bestselling books like ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ and ‘Connect the Dots’, Rashmi Bansal, said Danny Boyle’s film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has inspired her to write her fourth book ‘Poor Little Rich Slum’ with management consultant Deepak Gandhi.
Starmark, one of the leading bookstore chains of the city, in association with Westland Ltd., hosted the launch of the book ‘Poor Little Rich Slum’ in the city on Monday.
Gandhi said: “The way Dharavi slum has been projected in Danny Boyle’s film was really heart wrenching. I personally felt that such notion does not exist. There are poverty, dirt, little bit of crime, but Dharavi is not as bad as it has been projected.”
“There is something more in Dharavi, which we would like to discover and bring out to people. So, in that sense, Danny Boyle’s film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has inspired us to write this book,” said Bansal.
‘Poor Little Rich Slum’ is based on thousands of entrepreneurs, who stay in Dharavi slum in Mumbai. The book explores the interaction between the slum dwellers and authors.
“Dharavi has an economy of its own, which differentiates it from other slums of the world. The products are made by the local people, who are not even qualified for any job. But, they are entrepreneurs. There is something very positive about the slum, about which we are ignorant,” said Gandhi.
Entrepreneur and writer Bansal, speaking about her book, said: “We wish to convey how we must take inspiration from Dharavi’s slum dwellers, who have been motivated enough to start and run their own enterprises.”
Bansal, who has been the editor of a youth magazine said: “I hope that large number of people read this book. I would be happy if people read this book, as it depicts the stories of those people, who thinks positively and tries to do something new.”
Her previous books ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’, ‘Connect the Dots’ and ‘I Have a Dream’ were also based on entrepreneurship.