Born in Cochin and raised in Bangalore, Balagopal Varma is a heritage and travel enthusiast. He has a degree in Engineering from MSRIT Bangalore. He has worked in various roles in the Technology and Travel industries over the past decade. He is passionate about Storytelling and has been organizing heritage walks in Tripunithura and Ernakulam. His work on heritage conservation and travel is focused on the erstwhile princely state of Cochin, which is slowly disappearing from collective memory along with its built heritage. Bala loves art, history, architecture, philately and food. He is part of a dying breed of Test cricket romantics. At Storytrails, as the Head of Product & Partnerships, Bala manages strategic alliances and oversees the audio tours app and other technology initiatives.