Bala Kanda (The book of the childhood) is the first book of the Valmiki Ramayana, which is one of the two great epic poems of India, the other being the Mahabharata.
The book consists of 77 sargas (sometimes translated as chapters or cantos) of Sanskrit verse. The Bala kanda begins with the ascetic Valmiki questioning the famous sage Narada if there is any man who is truly virtuous. Narada replies that there is such a man, and that his name is Rama. He then goes on to briefly describe Rama’s physical characteristics and to briefly summarize the story of the Ramayana.