R.M. Lala started his career in journalism in 1948 at the age of nineteen. In 1959 he became the manager of the first Indian book publishing house in London and in 1964 he founded (with Rajmohan Gandhi) Himmat Weekly, which he edited for a decade. His first book, The Creation of Wealth, was published to critical and commercial acclaim in 1981. 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 a Cancer Survivor (1999), A Touch of Greatness: Encounters with the Eminent (2001), For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata (2004)and In Search of Ethical Leadership (2005). His books have been translated into several languages including Japanese. Lala was director of Tata’s premier foundation the Dorabji Tata Trust for eighteen years. His book The Heartbeat of a Trust is based on this Trust. He is co-founder of the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy and has been its chairman since 1993.