Desert storm A new book sheds light on Sahara, India’s most mysterious financial firm

FEW lives straddle the badlands of Uttar Pradesh, a vast, lawless, dirt-poor state in India, and the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York, with its champagne bar and view of Central Park. One such rarity is Subrata Roy, an Indian tycoon who was jailed this year by India’s Supreme Court and who over the years has been snapped glad-handing Bollywood stars, famous cricketers, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, David Cameron and the Dalai Lama, among others.