She recalled how she was criticised for playing football but her father, who himself was a state-level player, beat the odds to help her realise her dream.
Bala recently scored her first goal for Rangers FC in the Scottish Women's Premier League in a 9-0 decimation of Motherwell FC. She signed an 18-month contract with Rangers in January.
Coming off the bench in the 65th minute, Bala scored her side's last goal of the match in the 85th minute.
Earlier this year, forward Bala Devi became the first woman player from the country to sign a professional contract with a European club as she signed for Rangers Women's FC, who play in the Scottish Women's Premier League.
Bala Devi returns to action in Rangers FC's 5-1 drubbing of Hearts Women FC in Scottish top-flight competition
Ace Indian footballer Bala Devi got back into action with Scottish Women's Premier League resuming on Sunday
Bala, who signed a landmark 18-month contract with Rangers in January, said after six weeks of intensive pre-season training, she is raring to go in the league which will be played behind closed doors.
Speaking about it at length on AIFF TV, Maymol referred to the period when she first introduced it in the team.
The 30-year-old Devi, who became India's first woman footballer to play in top-flight European league when she signed with Scottish giants Rangers in January, termed the continental event a tough test for her team.
India goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan says more women footballers will follow Bala Devi's footsteps to play abroad
Aditi Chauhan feels that with the growth in profile of the game in the country, more players will follow the footsteps of trailblazer Bala Devi, venturing out of the country in search of a professional career.
Trailblazing Indian woman footballer Bala Devi has joined a charity initiative to raise funds for child labourers who will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 30-year-old Bala Devi is also hoping for an Indian Super League-style women's league in the near future.
'You have shown the road ahead to budding footballers,' AIFF chief Praful Patel tells striker Bala Devi
AIFF president Praful Patel has asked the country's women footballers to take inspiration from Bala Devi, who excelled at Scottish Premier League club Rangers.
Acting on the Sports Ministry's directive to send nominations for this year's sports awards, the AIFF did not have much trouble in finalising the names
Her transition into top-flight Scottish football turned out to be "easier than expected" and Indian path-breaker N Bala Devi will next seek to "encourage" aspiring players back home to try playing in the demanding leagues abroad.
Coronavirus Outbreak: India women's football captain Bala Devi joins AFC's awareness campaign against COVID-19
Devi is among the latest players of the continent to join the AFC's #BreakTheChain campaign, raising awareness against the spread of coronavirus
Bala Devi forced to stay in Scotland despite women's Premier League postponement due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
Indian footballer N Bala Devi, the first to sign a contract with Scottish women's Premier League club Rangers, has been forced to extend her stay with the team in Glasgow owing to the travel restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian striker Bala Devi says match-time for Rangers FC adding 'immense value' in quest to become better footballer
Bala went to Scotland as the top scorer for the Indian team, netting an impressive 52 times in 58 games since 2010, which also makes her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region
Indian women's footballer Bala Devi looking up to MC Mary Kom for inspiration; says she is 'amazed' at how boxer manages life and boxing
Devi recently scripted history by signing up with renowned Scottish side Rangers FC to become the first Indian woman to play outside the country professionally.
'Everything's possible with passion and hardwork': Bala Devi on her historic move to Scottish giant Rangers
Bala Devi is the first Indian women's footballer to sign for an overseas club and she will be playing for Rangers in Scottish Women's Premier League 1
This will make Bala the first Indian woman to become a professional footballer anywhere in the world and she also becomes Rangers' first Asian international footballer.