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I Too Had a Dream has ratings and reviews. Komal said: Life’s Battles do not always go to the faster or stronger man, in the end the man who w. 45 quotes from I Too Had a Dream: ‘a person who does not have respect for time, and does not have a sense of timing, can achieve little.’. The book begins with the background of Dr Kurien. It also briefly tells how a sleepy and dusty little down transformed itself into the Milk Capital.

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Anand did not figure anywhere in my scheme of things. But I had to honour the contract with the Government of India which had enabled my higher studies in the US and therefore, here I was in Anand, a fish out of water. And the business gradually wound up for good. Unlike Pestonjee, who had started his life with nothing, Minoo was born in the lap of luxury — the type who can turn into a spoiled brat.

Pestonjee knew his son well and left the management of only the Patna dairy to him. One day Minoo came to me and said: Periodically, Minoo would discuss the sale of the Anand dairy with me. One day he told me that he had spoken to the board and this time he was absolutely serious about selling the dairy.

I spoke to our board members, who agreed that we should buy it, and a price was decided. Then Minoo backed out.

He came a second time, again offering to sell. When Minoo came to me for the third time wanting to sell the dairy, I ordered him to get out of my room. I told him that if he was serious he should bring his entire board to Anand to meet and talk with our board.

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He brought his entire board — a very distinguished board — and we discussed the sale and the deal was clinched at Rs 17 lakh. The next day, Minoo sold the same dairy to ddream Marwari gentleman for Rs 17 lakh and, some said, took another Rs 17 lakh under the table for himself.

The board of directors of Polson were aghast and exceedingly embarrassed. They came to see me and apologised profusely, saying that they never expected he would do something like this. The legitimate amount of Rs 17 lakh went to Polson Ltd, while it is said that the under-the-table amount went into the Devakaran Nangi Trust which later went broke. By some mysterious divine justice, Minoo lost his entire Rs 17 lakh. When Minoo sold the dairy to the Marwari gentleman who bought it only for its real estate valuethe first thing the Marwari did was to order the bust of Pestonjee, which graced the entrance, to be removed and thrown out.

Variava called up Kothawala to inform him of this and he immediately telephoned me to say: I said we could consider it on the condition that it would carry the Amul brand name. This so incensed the Glaxo boss that he is said to have declared: Also present at the meeting were some Generals and a senior bureaucrat, Shivaraman. I was informed that the Indian Army needed milk powder, and they asked me how much we could provide and how soon.


I asked rdeam a piece of paper as an idea began forming in my mind. I was aware that there was another milk powder plant in Rajkot, which belonged to the Government of Gujarat. It was a small plant, but I vergnese that if we put together all the powder and gave it to the army, kurlen the entire civilian market, then we could fulfil this kurlen in six months. Now, can I go? If he says that he will do it, he will verrghese do it. And besides, may I know what other alternative you have?

I could see that vetghese had no interest in doing anything, not verghdse the most elementary of jobs. They employed twenty people to run two small roller-dryers when in any other country twenty such roller-dryers were run by one man.

I was the j dairy engineer to the Government of India Research Creamery and I realised very soon that I had no kurin at all. My frustration at this deadening job began rising and I started to write to the Ministry of Agriculture in Delhi every month, submitting my resignation, saying that I was drawing a salary of Rs for doing no work and instead of wasting government money I should be allowed to go.

After drem eight months of this they must have felt that I was becoming a nuisance and they finally wrote back accepting my resignation.

What is not fair is when we do not also build an approach road to villages across the nation. There is nothing wrong in having fountains with coloured lights in the capital. After all, Delhi should be beautiful. But it is unjustified when we have not provided drinking water to all our villages.

There is nothing wrong in having a modern, private hospital in Bombay, or the All India Institute of Medical Sciences o Delhi, or other large medical institutions in our big cities.

While this would have cost us nothing, we have preferred to spend crores of rupees in building five-star hospitals in cities. Why does this happen? Because policy making is in our hands — in the hands of the elite — and naturally, even unconsciously perhaps, when we make policies we make policies that suit us; we usurp the resources of this land somewhat shamelessly to benefit ourselves.

The most charitable interpretation of it is that we do it unconsciously. The one thing that I have never had a complaint about is the amount of love and respect which my dairy farmers showered upon me.

I Too Had a Dream by Verghese Kurien

His brother wanted to deeam a chhaya jyotishi in Cambay. The chhaya jyotishi measured your shadow in the noonday sun, consulted his collection of ancient parchments and looked for the one that matched with the measurement of your shadow and predicted the future.

I found this entire exercise quite ridiculous. I went along with the Medoras because anything was a good change from the monotony of life at Anand. So as not to appear a spoilsport and also for some fun I stood in the sun while the jyotishi measured my shadow. Shuffling through the bunch of parchment-like leaves, and finding what he was looking for, he read out: Ignoring me, he continued to read out some details about my family and childhood which kirien out to be absolutely accurate.


He then asked me if he should read me my future. By this time I was rather intrigued so I agreed. Among the many things the jyotishi told me, a particular detail remained firmly stuck in my mind: The government ought not to get into businesses. It verhese inevitable, therefore, that when the government tried to run dairies — as in the Delhi Milk Scheme or the Calcutta Milk Scheme or the Bombay Milk Scheme — they turned out to be utter disasters.

In those days, however much milk was produced, we had to send it all to Bombay or it would spoil and be lost. Dara Khurody, the Milk Commissioner of Bombay, was displeased with the fluctuation in supply and decided that we must send the same amount of milk the year round. This is when my legendary run-ins with him began. I cannot take the milk. I believed that since there was adequate liquid milk available within the country, the practice was both unnecessary and unfair to our farmers.

Never one to shy away from battle, I confronted him: Khurody refused to take the surplus milk and continued to import milk powder from New Zealand. For some it meant a trip abroad, for others inflated invoices and other devices about which the less said the better.

Kurisn and again they have revealed to me that they exist for their own power and pelf; they do not exist for the good of the country. The greatest repercussion of the government hhad into business is that instead of safeguarding people from vested interests, they themselves become the vested interest.

Naturally, because along with our freedom we had inherited a bureaucracy, which was designed by the British to rule, not to serve. The British way of doing things had always been to get things done through a government department and after independence we Indians merely continued this system. Any sensible government must learn to unleash the energy of its people and get them to perform instead of trying to get a bureaucracy to perform.

Keep in mind that all your usual, unscrupulous procedures that bring you success everywhere else will not work here.

His first wife is the dairy. Gad never, never try to snatch your husband away from his first wife. Without exception, technical experts from England and New Zealand told us that buffalo milk could not be converted to milk powder.

We showed them how it could be done.

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