Zarine Balsara was born in Karachi, India in 1934, which later became Karachi, Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. There, she owned a ballet studio and was trained in education before her immigration to the United States in 1975. She stayed in Moraga, California for only a few months before coming to Houston for her husband's business. In Houston, she has spent most of her time teaching in her own Montessori school. She is also involved in the Theosophical Society and the Zorastrian Association of Houston's senior group.