The Barefoot Brigade

ISBN Number : 978-93-5097-448-3

Student Price : Rs.230

Student Dollar Price : 9$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2013

No. Of Pages : 148

Book Weight :206

About The Book

A nation which is consistent force of life, vibrant, incredible beautiful, extraordinarily spiritual, extremely colourful, covering all shades, hue, tones and styles; projecting deep within a solid, stable, peaceful spirit and soul of India which collectively makes India − A truly amazing place. Life goes on in India − We quarrel, fight, love, trust, hate, But, India will go on, always making its own styles, its own spicy and zesty living, always improvising.

In many dimensions, today the industrialised (urbanised) world has a tremendous influence on the direction of development in developing countries. And as our economies grow, the exploitation of resources continue at a tremendous pace. Governments (politicians and bureaucrats) do get their bonuses from the corporate houses overseas, while Cronies of Capitalism does what it does at its best and in turn exploiting economies and hammering the nail on small and medium local businesses, deplete the natural resources to the fullest and later again bring in the concepts of organic and eco friendly products into the markets at premium prices and then boast themselves as a social responsible organization. Amidst of all this competition, the younger force rattles among themselves in the rat race while the bourgeoisies tries to maintain their standard living. Hardly any social welfare scheme or actions of the capitalist society takes cares for the downtrodden and it is shocking to see when most of those unfortunate ones at the bottom of the pyramid go unnoticed in the voter list of the country. And then finally Countries like India or Brazil or Senegal would have noted film makers from Hollywood like Danny Boyle to make a documentary or a movie that becomes an Oscar winner. Remember Slumdog Millionaire. So, the question − where have all the leaders gone?

The Barefoot Brigade is a compilation of 25 experiences from the 30th batch of IRMA spanning villages scattered across the country. The journey takes us through the villages of Deccan to the Western Ghats and from the footsteps of Himalayas to the forests in Jharkhand and from the Rann of Kutch to the desert in Rajasthan. All they share is a dream of inspiring and collectively bringing a sustainable change and thereby making lives better. As we are known to the world as Incredible India, let us first make our Indian lives incredible.


Contents -

1. Introduction
2. Fieldwork
3. The Journey
4. Princess in the Mountains
5. The Gods Own Village
6. 23 Years of Bhadreshwar Waiting
7. EUREKA! I did it
8. King of Koraput Times
9. From Bangalore to Bihar
10. Bhilwara ki Gudiya
11. The RAT Eaters
12. BIHARI Baboo
13. Simplicity the Name “Godda”
14. Amchi Andhra
15. Yeh Dhaulpur hai mere Yaar
16. The Angels Journey
17. Paradise
18. Correct me, If I am Wrong
19. Stairway to the Seas
20. Bihar ki Sana Rita
21. Meri aankhein khul gayee!
22. The Nightingale of Nandurbar
23. The best Gift of my Life
24. Uttarakhand Calling
25. Bhavnaon ko Samjho!
26. My Village − My Story
27. Mera Hindi accha hai!
28. Mr. Emotional Thinker
29. The Reflection
30. The Last Word
31. The State, the Economy and Society
32. Where have all the "Leaders" gone?
33. Summing up for the Leaders of the Future
34. Wake Up

About The Author

Burra Naga Trinadh, called "BNT" in friends circle is an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management Anand, IRMA. As a young management thinker his paper titled "Druckerism" was rated in the world top 40 by the Peter Drucker Society Europe, Vienna in 2011. He writes for the Hindu Businessline on development and rural issues. Currently he works in the development sector and also an advisory member to the board of Hyderabad Business School. Hailing from the city of destiny "Visakhapatnam", he was passionate about writing and public speaking from his school days. He wrote short stories, articles, essays and poems from his school days and one day his Professor at college gave him a compliment for his article by calling him "Mr. Emotional Thinker", which eventually became his pen name. He aspires to become a Statesman someday and wants to reach out the people, especially the Youth through his writings and thus there is "Barefoot Brigade".

Book Reviews

THE BAREFOOT BRIGADE ... We too share a dream... here is our Journey! By Bura Naga Trinadh of Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) is a bold attempt by the student community to share their first hand experiences of fieldwork in rural India `the real India`. Fieldwork is always an eye-opener and instills life skills. I wish readers will be inspired by the real stories of these city-bred youth. With one of the highest GDP growth rates in the world and an array of recent achievements technology, industry and entrepreneurship, India strides confidently towards the future. But, in the world`s largest democracy, not everyone is equally fortunate. The divide urban and rural still exists. What will it take to bridge this great divide? When will rural India enjoy the fruits of development? How should this be ensured?

Trinadh`s collection is one right step in response to these questions. I hope this will stir and encourage many to move beyond their set thinking orbits....

By Neeta Baporikar
Professor (Stragegy & Entrepreneurship)

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