Bal Sethi was born, raised and educated in India. He lived most of his life in the hills of the Himalayan mountain range. Love of nature came ingrained in him starting in his childhood. After finishing post-secondary school in India and receiving his MA in English, Bal became the vice-principal (and later on acting principal) as well as head of the English department in a high school in India. In 1972, Bal came to Canada to take a one-year study leave and fell in love with all that Canada has to offer. He began teaching English as a Second Language and Literature classes at the College of New Caledonia. He then worked as a real estate agent. He is now retired and focuses his time on his family and writing.