A book by Mark Balla
During a business trip to India, the author made an unexpected discovery, a discovery that was to turn his understanding of our world upside down. He was so shaken by what he learned that he felt unable to simply walk away.
More often than not, when people are confronted by a major issue with global implications you will hear them say "What can I do? I'm only one person." Mark decided that such a response would be unacceptable and he made up his mind to get involved.
Rather than just sit on the sidelines, in 2014 Mark and a group of his friends took decisive action. As a result, Mark's inner humanitarian was awakened and the lives of tens of thousands of underprivileged children in India have been changed
for the better.
This highly inspiring, witty, cleverly narrated book tells the story of that awakening and its impact.
About the Author
After completing a degree majoring in linguistics in the 1980s, Mark took a job working for Lonely Planet Publications, first as an editor and later as a travel writer. Among others, Mark was involved in writing travel guides to various European, Latin American and Asian countries.
From there, he moved to the commercial shipbuilding industry with a particular focus on trade exhibitions and trade publishing.
In the early 2000s Mark and his wife Annie started their own business in the CD and DVD manufacturing industry. The business grew strongly and it was eventually sold to an Australian based supplier. The buyer established a joint venture manufacturing business in India and asked Mark to join the board. This is where his Indian adventure began.
Mark lives in Melbourne and is married to Annie. They have two adult children and a cat. Mark has a complicated relationship with the cat and his golf handicap. He is an enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central where he will be club president in 2020/21. He and Annie are avid travellers, both believing that the world is far too interesting a place not to have a good look at it.