Russi M. Lal started his career injournalism in 1948 at the age of nineteen. In 1959, he became the manager ofthe first Indian book publishing house in London and in 1964 he founded (withRajmohan Gandhi) Himmat Weekly, whichhe edited for a decade. His first book, TheCreation of Wealth, was published to critical and commercial acclaim in1981. This was followed by other books, including Beyond the Last Blue Mountain: A Life of J.R.D Tata (1992), Celebration of the Cells: Letters from aCancer Survivor (1999) and A Touch ofGreatness: Encounters with the Eminent (2001). R.M. Lala’s books have beentranslated into several languages, including Japanese. He was the director ofTata’s premier Trust, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, for eighteen years, as wellas the co-founder and chairman of theCentre for Advancement of Philanthropy.