Book Review -
Poor Little Rich Slum (PLRS)
[Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi]
RMP Marudhu Pandiyan (128933)
Valliappan P (128939)
It is the one of the largest slum in the world.
It has an area of 175 hectares.
The population is over 1 million people.
The total turnover is estimated around Rs.3000 crores
Dharavi provides a cheap alternative where rents were as low as
US$4 per month in 2006.
Dharavi exports goods around the world
Dharavi – A region in Mumbai
Scrambling over the elephant
In Dharavi everyone is too busy doing their own
Lack of Privacy, Hygiene and progress.
Still, Dharavi is a cauldron bubbling with
enterprise, with a never say die – attitude.
They live here, work here, marry here and die here
Overall atmosphere at Dharavi is optimistic and
Less is More
Dharavi Transit Camp Muncipal School
The inspiring story of Srini Swaminathan (An enginner from BITS
Pilani –> Schlumberger -> Teach for India) in educating the children
belonging to Dharavi area.
The little iron ladder resting against every hut is what Srini sees as a
symbol of Dharavi.
Ladder represents ‘ moving up in life’
In other slums people go to work; here they come looking for work.
This is the spirit of human enterprise, in its natural form – raw and
Factory of Dreams
Jameel did not even have money to eat.
Every room in Dharavi is 10 x 10.
Jameel Shah’s dancing shoes are
very famous in Bollywood.
Clients include Katrina Kaif,
Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan
Land of white Gold – The story of Idli Walla
Welcome to our Jungle – Tourism in Dharavi
Education opens our minds like a parachute.
Queen Bee – The tailoring business
Water, Water Everywhere (waterwalla)– It takes
a lot of effort to make a sale
CAULDRON OF CHANGE
There are slums of desperation and there are
slums of hope.
Agents of hope are everywhere in
Dharavi, planting seeds of change.
Cauldron means a situation of instability along
with strong emotions
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
Life in slum is not easy
Walter Fischer aspire for social work bought in
They looked for root cause of problem and to gain life
Walter belief of “As long as we do something truly and
with heart, we will always find money” that served
His believe was positive thinking and positive action
can make a difference in the world.
This idea is to organise and unionise the rag pickers who are
not just poor but are invisible too.
Their idea was to win their hearts and to create a community
for them to work their needs.
They organised informal music classes, sports, games and
help them to work in better conditions.
STRENGTH OF CHARACTER
Gurudutt Gym is the pride of Dharavi under Praveen Sakpal training
His rule is simple that fascinated countless parents to see him as
saviour, were he looks for discipline, serious and to leave all bad
habits form his students
His cult of belief is confidence.
He sticks to words “ If you can build your body, you can build your
Society for Nutrition, Education and Health action (SNEHA) came
into account to learn the right methods and how to approach
authorities to get work done.
It created a catalyst of change for women who are suffering from
Hanifabi aim was to make women come forward to fight for
themselves and for others and to charge through narrow bylanes
of the mind
BARE FOOT RESEARCH AND BREATHI EASY
Deals with problems faced by poor are similar all over the world and
it concentrated on looking at the mental health and social resilience
of slum dwellers
Their believe on youth to think differently
Knowledge does not need a academic greenhouse. It can bloom
The art of living was to educate the people with available funds and
resources to make them understand that “when there is a sense of
change, a sense of hope will arise
YES WE CAN WIN
It’s a non profit organisation whose aim was to make science fun
Their ideal was to create a nation of problem solvers
To motivate creative people , were they look ordinarily to think
something more and to observe ,assimilate, apply
It stands for a Seed planted in Dharavi ,could become a mighty tree
It’s their aim to will to work together and invest money to make our plan
Complete redevelopment of Dharavi is the endeavour of Dharavi
To maintain transparency and understanding for people there to make
them think what they really need and want.
To make the vision of the city to be inclusive
It has been a success story of a community , a million individuals who
have come together to create their own unique brand
Final Thoughts – A big, fat problem or A big, fat solution
Dharavi is a city within a city with the soul of a village.
Economies are not built on capital alone.
The web of human relationships envelops you, supports you and
No founder, no CEO, but this is an entrepreneurial organization.
Dharavi is the success story of a community, despite all odds
A million individuals who have come together to create their own
Dharavi shoud be celebrated and replicated.