A Fistful of Rice by Vikram Akula is not a book. At a mere pages, it is a fat pamphlet. The operative adage might be “don’t judge a book by its size,” because . Vikram Akula’s new book A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability is all set to hit the markets after November 9, I decided to read Akula’s A Fistful of Rice after returning from a recent trip to A Fistful of Rice is a quick and easy read taking the reader through Vikram Akula’s.

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I was more interested in the results of his business than the business model, so the last chapter was my favorite. Four stars just because I really love and support micro-lending. A commendable effort by Vikram Akula inspired by Mohammed Younus Grameen Bank of Bangladesh which might be more important than many of the government led An innovative approach to reduce poverty in Gistful by providing socially secured micro loans in rural areas with money raised from large capitalist financial concers for an excellent rate of return and better security a,ula most conventional investments.

Vikram seems to have a chip on his shoulder re: Tyler rated it really liked it Jul 08, The book was decently written amd his arguments promoting for-profit microfinance were convincing but further analysis causes me to believe that the method is absolutely flawed. But conceptually, I found the book and its ideas to og interesting and inspiring. Since I’m no finance expert, its hard to point my finger at Akula particularly since so many Indians have made distful system work for them, but I’m still looking for books about people who are able to help the needy without patting themselves on the back.

On a side note, as with Greg Mortenson, it always makes me a bit sad that people who have a strong passion to do humanitarian work, many times have to live unbalanced lives to meet their goals and their personal lives suffer. Apr 03, Lydia added it. He always knew better than others, including a Nobel Peace prize winner in his same field, excepting fistfil his organization was set up as a fistfhl.


Sanket Pandey added it Jun 01, A fast and important read. This guy has a positive attitude despite overwhelming odds. Very interesting story of how the author got involved in microfinance in India distful how he just kept pushing through, no matter who told him it wouldn’t work, until he became tremendously successful providing microloans and insurance to those in poverty.

Books by Vikram Akula. Apr 18, Madhur Shrimal rated it it was amazing Shelves: This entry was posted on November 26, at Goat it seems is a pretty low maintenance animal.

A Fistful of Rice – Book by Vikram Akula

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. But the efficacy of for-profit micro-finance seems to be debatable. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In A Fistful of Rice, he tells us his fascinating and inspirational story. I don’t want to comment about off positives and negatives of his mission, as I got only one-side vision.

So, far, a delightful switch from the last book I finished. Success in ensuring loans were repaid and the borrowers, mostly women, could succeed. This book for me was just philanthropy on steroids. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Would have been nice to have a bit more depth here. I do now fathom the world of micro-finance.

And then he came back again to join SKS. A Fistful of Rice. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Toward the end I found him exposing his naivete with his repeated comment “Everybody Wins! So I thought of reading vikrram. His company is different than most all? It’s clear that Akula has a little bit of an ego, but at the same time his approach toward the poor in India is so humble.

A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability by Vikram Akula

If anything you will come away with a new respect for the underprivileged and the many, many honorable people whose life purpose is poverty eradication. All your attitudes towards poverty and the poor are absolutely turned inside out. Want to Read saving…. Ghouse rated it liked it Jul 29, Some of the incidents which he narrates in the book seem surreal, like when he goes out to meet maoist guerrilla and refuses to bend to their demands.


But truly, he and his company are doing noble things on a massive scale. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Mar 28, Susan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: No trivia or quizzes yet.

As a picture of India and what can be done to help manage poverty there, “A Fistful of Rice” is a good book. They know their own needs better than well-intentioned but far-removed government programs which often unintentionally oppress the poor instead of helping them.

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But their determination never died and they reached the acme. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to otherwise browse this site, you agree to the use of cookies. Jan 06, Sudheer Madhava rated it really liked it. And after he graduated Akula was excited to get out into the world and test his theories. Virgie marked it as to-read Apr 27, It is interesting how his father migrated from Andhra to Akua to escape from poverty and how his son just about ended up doing the reverse.


As thoughtful as Barack Obama’s personal journey in Dreams from My Father, as harrowing as Paul Farmer’s battle against infectious disease in Mountains Beyond Mountains, and as gripping as Greg Mortensen’s fight for education in Three Cups of Tea, Akula’s story shows how traditional business principles can be brought to bear on global problems in new ways. Hkhardeep9 rated it liked it Aklua 29,