Vijay Balan grew up in India and has lived and worked in many parts of the world. An avid history buff, he enjoys weaving insights and nuances from his wide travels and readings into evocative story-telling. He believes in making history enjoyable and relatable to readers by focusing on how global events affect the lives of people. His historical fiction novel The Swaraj Spy unveils the Indian National Army`s (INA) secret espionage wing and is based on true events in the life of his grand-uncle, T.P. Kumaran Nair.