Reflections in a Mirror is a collection of fifty-one poems by Dharam Vir Taneja, who has been a banker, economist, writer and poet. These poems were composed until 1961 and were initially published in New Delhi in 1963 and were subsequently published in the USA in 2014. The strength of these poems lies in their vigour and sincerity. The verse comes straight from the poet’s experiences, events that have had an impact on him, conflicts that he has had to face, and ideas that he has had to contend with. The feeling and passion behind the poems give them a sharpness of phrase, an identity of tone, and a clarity of diction. There are no detracting influences, no spectres haunting the lines: “Who is there to stop the songs of my heart?”
Dharam Vir Taneja, a man of varied interests, rose from a very humble position as a junior clerk in Punjab National Bank, Lahore [undivided India], to Chairman and Managing Director, Central Bank of India. The author's international experience in banking included his heading the branch of Central Bank of India in London. He was one of the first victims of the infamous Emergency in 1975 in the banking world when he was unceremoniously terminated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as Chairman and Managing Director. He also worked as a Consulting Adviser to Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai from 1976 to 1982. He was an Advisor to Abdulla Al Futtaim and Omar Al Futtaim of Al Futtaim Sons, LLC, Dubai, between 1991 and 2001. Dharam Vir Taneja passed away peacefully on 15 January 2018 at the age of 93 years. His family comprising his wife, Kamal Taneja, and his daughters, Rashmi Taneja and Ramni Taneja, have updated this book in his honour and loving memory.