About Arefa

Arefa Tehsin was shortlisted for The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017 for her book Wild in the Backyard.  Her picture book The Elephant Bird was read at over 3000 locations across India from the slums to the Presidential Library on International Literacy Day 2016. It has been translated into 25 languages. She is also the author of several fiction and nonfiction books on wildlife. She was appointed as the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Udaipur and has relentlessly pursued nature conservation through her writings and columns.



The Hindu, July 2018:

Sakal Times, Aug 2018:

The Asian Age, July 2018:


Shortlisted for The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017


Outlook: A Liar’s Journey:

Outlook - A Liar Journey

Siddhartha Sarma interviews for Duckbill Blog

Bookaroo, Srinagar 2018

Interview in The New Indian Express’ EDEX

#JLF2017 Rewilding a Rocky Desert: Pradip Krishen introduced by Arefa Tehsin

#JLF2017 Not Yet!: Nandana Sen introduced by Arefa Tehsin

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 

Sakal Times: Interview 

Sweden TV: Interview (#JLF2017. Story starts at 32:20 minutes.) 

Interview in Book Trotters Club

Bookaroo: Jaipur Women’s Blog

Interview in Jaipur Women’s Blog

Interview on WeAreTheCity 

Interview on Read Fingers

Interview on the Pratham Books’ Wesbite

Interview in The Lucknow Tribune

Interview in The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

Interview in Sakaal Times

Interview in A Thousand Wrongs, UK

Bookaroo in the City 2

Bookaroo in the City 1

Interview in The Asian Age

Chillibreeze – Interview

Interview in The Sunday Times

Interview in Chillibreeze

Interview in The Better India

Udaipur Times



The Globetrotters Publisher: Puffin (Penguin Random House)

Wild in the Backyard Publisher: Puffin (Penguin)

Do Tigers Drink Blood and 13 Other Mysteries of Nature Co-authored by Raza H. Tehsin. Publisher: Red Turtle, an imprint of Rupa & Co.

The Land of the Setting Sun & Other Nature Tales Co-authored by Raza H. Tehsin. Publisher: TERI Press

The Elephant Bird Picture Book in 6 languages – Hindi, English, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu. Publisher: Pratham Books

Iora & the Quest of Five First novel of a rainforest based fantasy series. Publisher: Fingerprint, am imprint of Prakash Books

The Steed of the Jungle God Co-authored by Dr. Raza H. Tehsin. Publisher: National Book Trust (NBT)

Tales from the Wild – Co-authored by Raza H. Tehsin. Publisher: Unicorn Books, an imprint of Pustak Mahal.

Urban Shots – Bright Lights Contributed a story in the short-story anthology. Publisher: Grey Oak

Articles & Columns in:

The Indian Express, The Hindu, Outlook Money, The Wire, Deccan Herald, Hindustan Times, JetWings (magazine of Jet Airways), The Times of India and TERI’s Terra Green.

Documentaries (Co-produced):

1. Daughter of Saraswati – on a project funded by Australian Geographic. Director – Himalay Tehsin

2. Rediscovery of Buddhism in India – Contribution of Sinhala Buddhists (Director/Producer – Himanay Tehsin). Broadcasted on Rupavahini, Channel Eye and The Buddhist channels (Sri Lanka) and shown in India and UK. Screened in Vesak Film Festival, Sri Lanka where it won a Merit Award.




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  1. Wow You have achieved what said about one and half decade ago……….hope you remeber I was the one who wrote to you about creating an issue regarding the identity of leopard…..Nissar Ahmad

  2. Hi Arefa,

    We are doing an event for kids at Asiad Vilage, New Delhi on the 31st Jan-1st Feb. The event has been sponsored by OLX and is being planned on a massive scale. Our team would like you to do a story telling session or something similar for the kids.

    Please let me know your thoughts.


  3. Hey mam ,
    I am also from udaipur just wants some suggestions . I am also want to explore our jungles , would you please suggest which one is good where we find many new species .

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