“THE FIRST DAY I watched the news in America I knew I was going to make it. Everybody complained of the difficulty of survival . . . I remember turning to my bride . . . and saying . . . These people think they have problems.” In THE AMERICAN DREAM FROM AN INDIAN HEART: Living to Learn and Learning to Live by Krish Dhanam shares his journey from the humble beginnings as a boy in India to the pinnacle of success as a corporate executive in America.
AS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER each page exudes optimism, humility and common sense. He writes of attitudes – attitudes of I’m too good to do this” or I’m thankful for the opportunity. Mr. Dhanam makes some really good points and then at times his observations/reflections reveal subtle conservative stereotypes, such as, “What about the work ethic of an unwed mother?” These are “code” words and/or statements that can be inflammatory to the reader while unintentional by the writer.
IT IS EASY to view and make assumptions about a race of people because you view yourself as somehow “better.” The author states that “I learned a long time ago that success has no color but it does have some shades.” I beg to differ, it depends on who’s doing the coloring, who has the crayons and who decides what is acceptable.
SOME PEOPLE HOLD on to the notion that all immigrants (legal and illegal) only come to “take away jobs from Americans.” It is easier to blame than to take accountability. It is important to understand the writer’s viewpoint. He is an Indian immigrant who chose to come to America for better life, i.e. economic and/or social opportunities he felt he could not obtain in his native land. The feeling of a person who is free to choose is always more positive than those who have choices made for them.
MR. DHANAM SPEAKS of the things Americans take for granted – the choices, the opportunities, the liberties. Using examples of two Indian people who live in poor economic conditions compared to Americans. It is easier to reach the pinnacle of success when invited by the “in-group” whoever that “in-group” may be. (Yep, “in-group” is a code word). As he states, “Poverty has forced many people to abandon their independence and sometimes this is a blessing and other times a curse.”
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “In the pursuit of fame and fortune, we chase dreams of monetary excellence with a plan of limited intelligence.”
- “There comes a time in all our lives when we tire of what we know and trade it for what we think someone else has that is more valuable.”
PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS explain his optimistic view of life and success. He credits the love and respect from his parents, wife, son and in-laws for their unwavering support, as well as his faith; which have enabled him to achieve a successful, professional career. He acknowledges being at the right place, at the right time, with the right opportunities and it helps having Zig Ziglar as a mentor.
THIS IS ONE MAN’S LEGACY. Proof that he was here . . . that he mattered . . . that he was loved. He encourages you to record your own story and provides a template. Of course, there are obstacles and everybody comes with their unique challenges. No matter how difficult life may be, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates THE AMERICAN DREAM FROM AN INDIAN HEART as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs) . . . just the right mixture of pages and content.
Disclaimer: This book was received for free from the author for an unbiased review.