Balakumar Somu is an IT professional, businessman, social activist, animal rights activist, freelance photographer and an active blogger. He has written several articles in English and Tamil for newspapers and online magazines. He is also the founder of Activists for Righteous Harmony of Animals Movement (ARHAM), an organisation striving for the harmonious co-existence of Man with Nature. Balakumar Somu was born in Karur. He lived in Singapore for several years, working as a consultant for a top IT firm. He has now returned to India for good. He presently lives in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.