I too had a dream By Varghese Kurien as told to Gouri Salvi, Finished reading on 13th June 2009
“Architect of ‘Operation Flood’, the largest diary development programme in the world, Dr Varghese Kurien has enabled India to become, the largest milk producer in the world. A man with a rare vision, Dr Kurien has devoted a lifetime to realizing his dream – empowering the farmers of India.
It was a sheer quirk of fate that landed him in Anand where a small group of farmers where forming a corporative, Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (better known as Amul), to sell their milk. Intrigues by the integrity and commitment of their leader Tribhuvandas Patel, Dr Kurien joined them. Since then there has been no looking back. The ‘Anand Pattern of cooperatives’ was so successful that, at the request of the Government of India, he set up the National Diary Development Board to replicate it across India. He also established the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation to market its Products.
In these memoirs, Dr Varghese Kurien, popularly known as the ‘father of the white revolution’, recounts, with customary candor, the story of his life and how he shaped the diary industry.”
When I hear the name ‘Amul’, the first thing comes to mind is the Amul Products Mascot, the sweet Utterly Butterly Girl in polka dotted dress. I know her and the ‘Amul – The Taste of India’ ad tagline since forever. Such was the power of Amul’s Marketing, no wonder now it is in the Guinness Book of World records for the longest ad campaign ever. Though Amul was a household name, I never knew about the hard work and commitment of so many patriotic people who made this ‘Cooperative’ wonder.
This book was insightful in many ways. Most part of the book is the story of Amul and remaining part, covers the white revolution. While reading, you cannot help wondering at the forthright personality of Varghese Kurien, who dedicated his entire life for a dream. Post-Independence, to revamp India from the shambles of British Ruling, the contributions made by such patriots are overwhelming. The mere thought that, our India is a gift to us from these craftsmen, fills in a sense of gratitude in me.
As an autobiography, it was really inspiring. It made me think, “What I did for my country?” The book will be able to seed awareness and thus a bit of responsibility in the reader. Some of the chapters where Dr Kurien unleashes his anger at the unredeemable bureaucrats and corrupt politicians really get the reader to ponder whether India is progressing or regressing now.
Written in simple language mostly, and at times with very tough and strong language the author has narrated the experiences very beautifully. At times, the book can be a bit dragging. Sometimes the narration could have been brief and crisp. Overall a good book, and it inspires reader to do something for the country. I would give a rating of 3.5 out of 5 for this book. The book is ended quoting a very famous line of Alfred Tennyson.
“Sunset and Evening Star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning at the bar
When I put out to sea.”