Known as the 'Father of the White Revolution', Kurien tells the story of his life, how he planned and shaped the milk industry in the book, I Too Had a Dream. I Too Had a Dream eBook: Verghese Kurien, yes: portal7.info: Kindle Store. I found the book very inspiring and if you are looking to start some project that has . I Too Had a Dream book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Architect of 'Operation Flood', the largest dairy development pr.
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Apr 22, Alcatraz Dey rated it it was amazing I was sure that Verghese Kurien would have discussed how he sacrificed friendships, slumber, movies and worked single-handed-ly to make Amul a success story. But I was surprised when I found that he didn't discuss his personal life as such and only focused the book towards milk industry and how he contributed into it. The book teaches us a very different orientation towards leadership, management and power. Verghere Kurien was surely a man of his principles and therefore he never got scared by a I was sure that Verghese Kurien would have discussed how he sacrificed friendships, slumber, movies and worked single-handed-ly to make Amul a success story. Verghere Kurien was surely a man of his principles and therefore he never got scared by anyone and even in his autobiography, he has taken names without any fear which makes it more interesting to read. The kind of motivation, confidence and learning this book has provided, I remember only one book that can be added in the same league- A.
J Abdul Kalam's Wings of Fire. The amount of work Verghese Kurien has done for farmers, animals, milk production and our country is worth commendable. He also discusses at one point of time that he was a bit of autocratic too. Last few pages of the books are very emotional as Verghese Kurien starts giving his final takes on few things and you realize that he's leaving us in few pages. He clearly expresses the amount of respect he has for his seniors and the people who allowed him to work his way.
Reading the moments of Tribhuvandas Patel's death in the end made me weep. A very motivational book and only one of its kind. I give it 4. Nov 14, Raghu rated it liked it.
This book is about the revolution in milk production in India brought about by Dr. Verghese Kurien, who devoted a lifetime to pursue his dream of empowering the poor farmers of India. It wasn't a dream of his as he started out his professional life but he was drawn into making it his life's work after watching a group of farmers in Gujarat forming a milk cooperative under the leadership of a local farmer Tribhuvandas Patel.
Kurien was impressed by the integrity and commitment by Patel and his vi This book is about the revolution in milk production in India brought about by Dr. Kurien was impressed by the integrity and commitment by Patel and his vision of transforming the lives of milk producers in Anand, Gujarat.
Kurien joined them and as they say, the rest is history. The Anand pattern of milk cooperatives were so successful that the government of India asked Kurien to replicate the model all the states of India. Thus the National Dairy Development Board was set up and Kurien led it much of his life replicating the 'Anand model' across India successfully and also setting up the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation to market the products of the cooperatives. Along the way, Kurien had to battle corrupt bureaucrats and ministers as well as seemingly well-meaning detractors on the Left as well as Right.
However, his brilliant accomplishments as an incorruptible technocrat and manager garnered him great support from the upper echelons of India's political leadership.
Leaders like Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and C. Subramanian were all right behind him making it possible for him to pursue the goals of improving India's farmers' lives. The book is full of interesting anecdotes regarding his mission. It is also interesting to note that the Anand model could succeed in India because the political elite ultimately was acting in the interests of its people and not in the interests of the Australian and New Zealand dairy industries. In contrast, it emerges that both in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he could not make much headway because the elites in those nations were representing the interests of foreign dairy industries rather than their own farmers.
The book is engagingly written and easily readable. It will make much more impact on people who grew up in the lower rungs of Indian society in the s because they would know how dismal the milk situation in India was at that time.
I am one of them! Another great feature of the work of Kurien and his team was that all this revolution was accomplished peacefully and non-violently. The cooperatives were a model of collective pooling of energy and vision. The die-hard communists can take a lesson from this rather than blindly look up to the collectivisation disasters of Stalin and Mao. A book on which time is well worth spent reading. Jun 08, Sundar rated it really liked it Shelves: A fascinating read about how an initially-unwilling Kurien drove the success of the co-operative movement and white revolution.
Great to know about his backer Tribhuvandas Patel as well as a number of others behind Amul, the greatest success of co-operation in India. Kurien's account is so honest that we do get a view of his idiosyncrasies and stubbornness. It is quite evident that without the stubbornness, it is nearly impossible to run a successful organisation braving the Indian bureaucracy.
Sad to read the postscript where Kurien laments how the organisations that he built are being driven away from the co-operative principles. This book has a number of lessons for anyone who wants to see and drive social movements. Oct 02, Parth Agrawal rated it it was amazing. Kurien has revolutionized the whole rural sector of our country by empowering the villagers and bringing them together to create one of the biggest profitable cooperative union in the world namely- Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union, commonly known as AMUL.
The book talks extensively about the co-operative structure, its wherewithal and how in every devel "For one who believes, there's no explanation necessary; For one who doesn't, none is enough. The book talks extensively about the co-operative structure, its wherewithal and how in every developing nation it is a better to work towards a co-operative goal rather than a corporative goal. An epitome of nationalism, Dr. Kurien defended the co-operative model with fervor to match and claimed that in the DNA of co-operative, lies only one point agenda and that is- empowerment and betterment of the livelihood of farmers by organizing their efforts through professional help.
He always corrected people by clarifying that he has never been the owner of AMUL, in-fact he is an employee of farmers who have appointed him for professional consultancy and management advice. Skirmishes that he had with multinational companies such as Nestle, representative of New Zealand dairy board and bureaucrats and politicians of our country provides us an insight on how to deal with obstructions coming in your way and how to deal with it.
All the decisions that he took and oversaw the efficient execution himself, wouldn't have been possible without considerable political and bureaucratic backing. The book also painted a somewhat rosy picture of our political and bureaucratic structure and makes you believe that people like TT Krishnamachari, C. Rajgopalachari existed and supported the villagers and ensured that this scheme meant for their upliftment won't go down the drains.
In toto, all those out there tired of their mundane lives and miss purpose in it, it'll be a refreshing read and an awesome inspiration. May 03, Divya Sornaraja rated it really liked it. Throughout this book, you come across most of the iconic prime ministers of India, the political scenario back in the early India days, and also some of the British India bureaucrats and systems in place.
This book sort of felt like a time-traveling capsule taking you through incredible journey of how a new nation was so very well built on its own with the intellectuals and administrators taking the lead. The transformation story of increasing the rural income by a double digit, bringing the power back to the people, and the sheer scale and spirit of all the project could do is just invariably inspiring and mind blowing.
It blew my mind reading through the ingenious idea of Operation Flood by selling the donated Dairy products. Further, Dr. That very perspective, am sure, must have made him the most powerful man of his times devoid of fear. Although I was incredibly in love with the author, his passion, spirit and all the truth, he is a Nationalist by definition and his mentioned ideologies of a protectionist closed economy may not help nations today but is definitely worth thinking about.
What an Indian! Aug 28, Swati Agrawal rated it it was amazing. This book was on my to-read list for a really long time.. Somehow never managed to get my hands on it..
And I am glad I finally picked it up.. This life-story of Dr. Kurien, of Amul and the dreams of thousands of farmers is beautiful. No flowery language or attempt to please anyone. It is motivating. Kurien didn't shy away from criticizing the bureaucracy, which always tried to get in his way, creating one obstacle after another.
Its all about being passionate about your dream and actually wo This book was on my to-read list for a really long time.. Its all about being passionate about your dream and actually working towards realizing it. It covers so much, its hard to list them all here. You have to read this. Highly recommended!
Oct 28, Srinivas rated it it was amazing. Simply too good a read. Sep 26, Amruta rated it liked it. Very very interesting story -not only about a self-made man and business, but a self-made revolution!
Must read! Verghese Kurien, the positive story of Kurien, who, like so many other Indian graduates, ends up in a job unrelated to his studies, takes up the challenges unsuspecting of the fact that he could become the father of the Indian white revolution. I have been fond of brand 'Amul' and in fact recently I helped my wife's uncle open an Amul Preferred Outlet in my home town, Incidentally, this is the first book I bought and read in my new Kindle Voyage.
While the positive sid 'I too had a dream' by Dr.
I was able to relate to Kurien almost all along when he spoke of his dreary days filled with bitter social experiences. One such thing is to know the fact that like me and many others, Kurien too had to endure the pains of social stigmas such as the discrimination against non-vegetarians, Muslims and Christians who are even today by and large considered a NO-NO when it comes to renting a house in most part of this country.
We, as a society, have been reduced to such a pathetic state that values such as pluralism, mutual trust and respect, religious tolerance, etc are no more relevant to common men. Though Dairy engineering did not figure anywhere in Kurien's scheme of things, it's quite astounding to see how dedication in whatever you do could definitely result in miracles.
All along , I could see two things that he has been fighting, it's the bureaucracy and politics. More than skill, resources and time, you also need people's power to succeed in any project such as Operation Flood. Kurien was fortunate to have that kind of support from different quarters, from Tribhuvandas to Maniben, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.
While Amul, NDDB, IRMA are all children of the 'problem of success' of an ideology called 'Cooperatives', it's also imperative that the quality of success vastly depends more on the people behind it and the people in it.
I felt some heartburns here and there to see the indifference of this country and society towards Maniben Patel, the daughter of Vallabhai Patel, the indifference of JRD Tata who refused to loan managers for Operation Flood etc.
Ironically Ratan Tata has written the 'Foreword' for this book. Kurien's life and work at Anand are indeed quintessential takeaways for entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, I also believe that anybody with Kurien's integrity, purpose, and values can walk the path of glory with no need for any sort of nepotism and undue favors.
Good book. Worth the time spent in reading the life of one of the great visionaries who fought corporate, political and bureaucratic structures to build one of India's great success stories, the 'AMUL'. Feb 02, Narinder Bhatia rated it it was amazing. There are some books that talk to readers and this is one such book.
This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Before reading this I had a different impressio and perception about Dr. Kurien but this book has completely transformed my opinion about him.
The person who media and bureaucracy had termed as adamant, obstinate and eccentric was infact a true patriot who worked sincerely and diligently for country with a mission to make it self-sufficient in milk production. He devoted his ent There are some books that talk to readers and this is one such book. He devoted his entire life to transform the lives of millions of farmers.
I am amazed at the tenacity of Dr. Kurien, the "milkman" who withstood all the difficulties, challenges and obstacles thrown at him and made a success of what he stood for I. This memoir delves deep into issues of how bureaucracy could either make a country or break it; how vested interests of certain people could put a country on a downward spiral.
A must read for every Indian and anyone who is looking to read an honest memoir coming straight from the heart. He is worth saluting for what he did for the country. Apr 15, Harini Srinivasan rated it really liked it Shelves: Having lived in Gujarat for twelve years amid the wonders wrought by Dr. Kurien, I've always had an immense admiration for him.
Like Sardar Patel, Dr. Kurien is an Iron Man, whose strength was indispensable when the great work of nation building was underway. No lesser mortal could have achieved what he achieved. But in later years, people skills were the need -- skills that he seemed to lack. This led to his falling out with those whom he had chosen to carry on the work. But that does not in an Having lived in Gujarat for twelve years amid the wonders wrought by Dr.
But that does not in any way detract from his greatness. As one reads the book, a picture emerges of a truly dynamic man, an ardent soul who acts on his convictions, a clear thinker, a person who doesn't stand around snivelling when there is a monumental task ahead, but just rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it.
A picture also emerges of the complex and exciting world around him -- strong and principled leaders like Tribhuvandas Patel, politicians, the bureaucracy, the hard-working farmers whose lot he is determined to better, the salt of the earth This is a great and inspirational book about a man and a country, one that deserves to be read by every Indian. Jan 05, Venkata Prasanth rated it really liked it.
That's truly an inspiring story of a man who achieved his dream for his country Kurien through his life shows how fulfilling and satisfactory life can be when we work for betterment of others' lives instead working for our own profits. He puts forth his wonderful views on True development of people and true democracy, and how he implemented them through cooperatives for the dairy farmers of the country.
It gives an account of the inception, struggles and growth of the cou That's truly an inspiring story of a man who achieved his dream for his country It gives an account of the inception, struggles and growth of the country's largest cooperative, Amul and this great man's lobbying skills to protect the cooperative from the bureaucracy.
Lastly he gives a message how the development of people is in their own hands and not with the governments. Oct 03, Gomathy rated it it was amazing. Best of all non fiction books I read this year. The book deascribes the journrey made by the "Milkman of India", Mr.
Kurien an institutuon builder in the land of burecaracy and nepotism. From being a milk powder importer to being the largest milk producing country, the journey is well described.
The astutue ways in which he Best of all non fiction books I read this year. The astutue ways in which he handled the international agencies and the burecrats and politicians in India is laudable, and a lesson for many aspiring entreprenuers and young dreamers of this country..
Its not a typical non fiction book that is bound to make you bored somewhere or the other.. Dec 31, Sandeep Gautam rated it it was amazing.
A brilliant story of how a city-bred and disinclined youth landed at Anand and then went to create history. Autobiographies scare me, but this was not just believable but seemed to shine with honesty and integrity. Books like these should be a required reading for the youth of today -who listless and disoriented- can still hope , like the protagonist, to find a calling and a dream-and also be realistic of what hard work, dedication and integrity will be required of them, to make those dreams a r A brilliant story of how a city-bred and disinclined youth landed at Anand and then went to create history.
Books like these should be a required reading for the youth of today -who listless and disoriented- can still hope , like the protagonist, to find a calling and a dream-and also be realistic of what hard work, dedication and integrity will be required of them, to make those dreams a reality.
Feb 18, Saumia rated it it was amazing. Was greatly inspired by this book and for sometime often found myself mentioning instances from this book when topics regarding India's development propped up and otherwise also.
It gave me a feeling that I really needed to do something for my country. Though I haven't done anything about it yet: Someday it will motivate you to do something different. Kurien's sense of humour was remarkable and I would literally laugh out loud reading Was greatly inspired by this book and for sometime often found myself mentioning instances from this book when topics regarding India's development propped up and otherwise also.
Kurien's sense of humour was remarkable and I would literally laugh out loud reading many of the incidents in which his one liners had pinned his opponents in place. May 25, Kunal rated it it was amazing. The Amul Story, one of my favorite stories. Kurien's professionalism, fiery attitude, committed efforts, his belief in the people of India and his nationalism is truly inspiring.
Most important thing is that as a young engineer he started on this journey unsure, rather unwilling and kind of misplaced, but his attributes mentioned above along with the power of the people of India made this journey a great success.
Feb 13, Ishwar Gupta rated it it was amazing. One of the finest and honest autobiography! With a great message to learn and realise for empowering the group forming Spine of India. The book is very inspirational and awakening call for Indian youth especially to work and fight for the interest of people and to take pride in the rich heritage and potential they have for shaping the country. Mar 19, Anil Tulsiram rated it it was amazing Shelves: One man fight against the system and bureaucracy and politicians to create one of the world's biggest co-operative movement..
May 03, Manoj Kumar rated it it was amazing. Motivating eternally!! Here too, by choosing some dairying electives, rather perfunctorily, at Michigan State University , he returned with a master's degree in mechanical engineering metallurgy with a minor in nuclear physics , instead, in Later, he would say, "I was sent to I cheated a bit though,  and studied metallurgical and nuclear engineering, disciplines He began to while away his time going off to Bombay city on weekends and on some pretext of work or else, volunteering to tinker with the primitive dairy equipment of Tribhuvandas Patel , who sought his help to process the milk of farmers he had brought together after a strike in , forming a cooperative society to download their milk, at Kaira now, Kheda nearby.
He had already made up his mind to quit the government job mid-way and leave Anand but, was persuaded by Tribhuvandas to stay back with him after quitting them, and help him set up his dairy.
Kurien, Tribhuvandas and Dalaya at their dairy plant at Anand in Foundation of the dairy and its pattern[ edit ] The farmers faced a problem of fluctuating milk production as surplus milk would find no takers in the flush season, and turned to the cooperative for help, where an idea took root to try convert this surplus to milk powder. Kurien's batchmate from America and dairy engineer H. Dalaya, who he persuaded to stay back at Anand after a mere visit, invented the process of making skim milk powder and condensed milk from buffalo milk, instead of from cow milk, said impossible by dairy experts around the world.
This was the reason Amul would compete successfully and well against Nestle, the leading competitor, which used cow milk to make them, and later against Glaxo for baby food.
Later research by Dr. Wilster led to cheese production from buffalo milk at Amul. Amul thus got dairy farmers organised in the villages and linked them directly to consumers in the market by eliminating middlemen, ensuring them a steady and a regular income even during the lean season, and a better quality produce at a competitive price, to the consumer in the large market of the reachable Bombay city, on a steady supply over well-paved village "milk roads" and a 'cold-chain'.
It then took on established competitors, viz. Political and social conditions were favourable[ edit ] He and his mentor Tribhuvandas were backed by quite a few political leaders and bureaucrats of the time who saw merit in their pioneering cooperative model, of farmers willing to associate together for their produce and willing to be led by professionals even whilst being owners of the cooperative.
The nation had just gained political freedom from a colonial power who the leaders had seen extorting land tax unjustly from farmers in the face of crop failure. There had been many famines over the duration of that regime, so leaders were concerned over food security of the population. Being a newly independent nation, there was a desire to gain self-sufficiency in its consumed produce and therefore the thrust to indigenous production to substitute imports.
Moreover, these nationalist leaders were influenced by socialist ideals of formation of social capital more than the formation of capital assets, and the Gandhian philosophy of production by masses triumphing mass-production in a resource-constrained nation. At the same time, the new government's policies were open to the skills and learnings of modern experts, research and high-technology and aid from worldwide. That the initial lot of farmers all belonged to the single clan of Tribhuvandas's predominant caste-grouping also helped in bringing all of them together quickly, as a single cooperative union before farmers from other castes took interest and joined in.
Rather than focusing directly on removing caste and class conflicts which get entrenched as vested interests, instead, he worked singularly on the belief that economic self-interest of all sections of the village-society would make them align together to grow their cooperative.
Dignitaries, researchers and trainees,  and common folk alike, would visit Anand to learn more about it. Earlier, then prime minister Nehru, had already visited Anand to inaugurate Amul's plant, the largest in Asia, and embraced Kurien for his groundbreaking work. He stormed out of that meeting after giving them an earful, came back and ramped up Amul's production and market of condensed milk, and after two years got the government to ban the import of condensed milk into the country.
Amul faced serious competition from imported butter, especially from New Zealand.
The then finance minister came to trust Kurien so much, that whenever Kurien would ask him to cut imports of butter it would be done every time, in tandem with a mere promise of an incremental increase of his production to make good any shortage. And every single time he kept his word and the markets never faced any shortage of butter. He had to divert these away from his civilian market. When Polson sensed an undue advantage in this and started grabbing his market share, Kurien was blunt to him and made sure the government froze Polson's production lines, as part of the war effort.
Impressed, PM asks him to replicate it nationwide He was bold in dealing with donors like the UNICEF for aid,  and confronted the New Zealand government and a powerful lobby in countries which, he realised with some foresight, wanted to "convert aid into trade" for their companies, at a cross-purpose to his wanting India to convert aid to become self-made. As what the donors would eventually come to want, would have harmed his fledgling dairies,  instead, he used the proceeds from the sale of that "mountains and lakes" of dumped aid in the Indian markets as his "billion-litre idea" to stem the movement of high-yield cattle of native breeds to urban areas, which subsequently, would face needless slaughter, reverse this flow by setting up milksheds and dairies all over the nation and stabilise the markets of big cities for their ensuing produce.
In return, Kurien would engage them for their expertise on salaries arranged from the aid money. Many states would emulate setting up their federations based on this pattern with varying degrees of success, notably, with Karnataka's brand Nandini, Rajasthan's brand Saras and Bihar's brand Sudha, not just dominating their respective state markets but intervening in neighbouring states, today.
Shastri also took Kurien's help to set right the government's mismanaged Delhi Milk Scheme, where he moved in swiftly to break a contractor's cartel and set prices right in the face of the pampered though politically-networked section of consumers of the capital city, before they could lobby against the move.
Intervening in markets of other produce and aiding internationally[ edit ] He prevailed on prime ministers, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi on setting up cooperatives and plants, and manage the intervention in fruits and vegetables and oilseeds and edible oils markets during their tenures, respectively,  like he had done for milk during Operation Flood.