16 weeks after its release, ‘I Have a Dream’ continues to be the #1 non-fiction title in India, as per A C Nielsen Bookscan retail audit, published on Sept 17 2011 in Hindustan Times.
What’s more, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish ranks #2 while Connect the Dots is #4 on the same list What more can an author ask for!
For those of you who live outside India and are unable to lay your hands on my physical books.
Or those of you, ahead of the curve, who prefer reading ebooks.
I have good news for you! The kindle edition of ‘I Have a Dream’ is now available on Amazon.
I have priced the book at $2.99, a very reasonable price. I want this book to reach out to more people across the world. In fact, I look forward to ‘I Have a Dream’ becoming the highest downloaded Indian ebook in the next 6 months.
So go ahead, download without a second thought. Those of you using ipads can also download the book and read it using the kindle app.
And if you’ve already read the book, do add a review on the kindle page, to help people decide if this book is worth their time and money!
P.S. Amazon adds $2 as charges for those using the 3G download facility from outside the US making the price $ 4.99
P.P.S. ‘Connect the Dots’ and ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ will also be available on kindle very soon. Watch this space!
Happy to share that ‘I Have a Dream’ is currently the # 1 non-fiction book in India, as per A C Nielsen bookscan (retail audit). This news was published in the Hindustan Times on 18th June 2011
My two other books are also on the list – ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ at # 2 and ‘Connect the Dots’ at # 6. Thank you all for making it happen!
A touching story shared by Rohan Ranade…
“Me and my Girlfriend wanted to attend your book launch desperately. We live in Dadar, and we came to crossword on bike. When we arrived I saw the book price as 150 which was a surprise for me as it was cheap. So I removed my wallet saw how much money i had.. so i counted the total came to 21 rs. so I asked my gf how much money she had. I was literally begged her for the money. she was like let me check. and her total came upto 17 rs. So i was falling short of more than 100rs.
So she said, ”Its the only chance in your life to buy a original book and get her sign on it.”
So I went back home on bike, breaking signals and in cold rain. took the money and bought the in time and took your autograph.
Apparently in that bargain, i missed the Q&A, all the talk.. But thank you again for your autograph.
I am an MBA and now an wannabe Entrepreneur. Your past book has inspired me to take this path of entrepreneurship instead of taking a job. So that the reason I couldnt miss this chance of buying your book and taking an autograph on it.”
My reply: Wow – I had no idea (this came to me as an email after the event) I would have bought the book for you
But what you did speaks of character, of willing to struggle and get what you want. That’s a wonderful thing. Wish you every success in yr venture – keep in touch!
It was pouring on the 15th of June but still, a good number of people – family, friends, readers and media – did take the trouble to show up. As did four of the entrepreneurs from ‘I Have a Dream’ – Santosh (Pipaltree), Shaheen (Akanksha), Vineet (Aavishkaar) and Dhruv (Mirakle).
Here is a beautiful picture from the event – shot by my friend Dee (more on www.facebook.com/ihaveadreambook)
Many of you have sent messages on facebook and twitter saying ‘I like the book’. But it was this email which popped into my inbox (timestamp: 4:24 am) which I feel is the first real ‘feedback’ to ‘I Have a dream’. And to be honest, it made my day
Congratulations on your new book ‘I have a Dream’.
I just finished reading it and think its an awesome book, just like the last 2 books. It is gripping as you want to know more about each and every social entrepreneur.
I was particularly touched by the stories of ‘Akshya Patra’ Iskcon and Belur Math. They give a fitting end to the book. It was like receiving enlightenment in those ending pages which I just finished. You know ,.everybody loves to write of corporate poster boys like a Narayan Murthy or Bill Gates but rarely somebody writes about the good work of organizations like Iskcon and Belur math.
Since I am a Math Teacher who teaches Vedic Math in African Schools, the story of Anand (Super 30) was inspiring. I had the read it before in an Outlook of Careers 360 , somewhere I don’t remember but your book gave good details of it. It was nice to know that he is a well grounded guy not shaken by adversities and living his dream to provide quality education to 30 people without bothering about scaling up. This is a thing to learn……something like a common trait like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who did not open face book for advertisers in the beginning till he understood what it was all about. Thats amazing.
Loved the story of Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International. Particularly because of your choice to put it as the first story.
Its amazing how he bridged the gap and did a big service to society. What a guy he is,..,,!!!
I was missing the colored photographs like u had it in ur last book…but I understand that it would have made the book more expensive.
Arvind Kejriwal’s story was a surprise particularly as cause he was in the news very recently against corruption and the Lokpal Bill Issue. So knowing more about him helped to understand the background he comes from.
The book is well written in the new avatar.
So here’s my Best Wishes to you for the book and may it sells more copies than the last two books combined and the book continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in the spirit of entrepreneurship.
- Gaurav Tekriwal
( President – The Vedic Math Forum India, Kolkata )
Thank you Gaurav and look forward to receiving more such responses. I will post some of them here (with your permission of course!)
You are cordially Invited for the Official Book Launch of ’I Have a Dream’
Date & Time : 15 June , 6:30 pm onwards
Location : Crossword Book Store – Kemps Corner, Mumbai.
What you can Expect at the Book Launch:
- Q & A with Rashmi Bansal
- Meet the Social Entrepreneurs from the book who will share their Inspiring Stories & also answer your questions. Present from the book will be:
Shaheen Mistri, Founder – Akanksha and Teach for India
Dhruv Lakra, Founder – Mirakle Couriers
Santosh Parulekar, Founder - Pipal Tree
Vineet Rai, Founder – Aavishkaar Social Venture Fund
I will also be signing books of course
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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