22 August 1928 – 19 October 2012
Editor, publisher, author, Russi M. Lala graduated with History Honours from Bombay University. At the age of 19 he took to journalism and entered book publishing in 1951, From 1959 to 1963 he established and managed the first book publishing house from India in London. In 1964 he became co-founder of Himmat Weekly, which he edited for the next decade.
His first book,The Creation of Wealth – The Tata Story was a bestseller, followed by Encounters with the Eminent, The Heartbeat of a Trust, In Search of Ethical Leadership, Beyond the Last Blue Mountain – A life of J.R.D. Tata, which was also a bestseller, The Joy of Achievement – Conversations with J.R.D. Tata, Celebration of the Cells – Letters from a Cancer Survivor and A Touch of Greatness – the updated version of Encounters with the Eminent. The Romance of Tata Steel. The Thread of God in my Life – An Autobiography with a Difference and Finding a Purpose in Life. His books have been translated into other languages including Japanese.
He was also the Director of Tata’s premier Foundation, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, for 18 years and is the co-founder of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, and its Chairman from 1993 to 2008.