Arefa Tehsin is the author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books, both for children and adults, and contributes columns, features and travel articles to various publications like The Indian Express, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Outlook Money and TerraGreen. Her book Amra and the Witch was shortlisted for FCCI’s Best Book of the Year Award 2019. She was shortlisted for the The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017 for her book Wild in the Backyard (Publisher: Penguin Random House). The picture book The Elephant Bird was read at 3200+ locations in India from the slums to the Presidential library on the International Literacy Day, 2016 and translated in 30 languages. Do Tigers Drink Blood and 13 Other Mysteries of Nature is being translated in Chinese. A few schools in India and Sri Lanka have taken up her books as textbooks and supplementary readers. Daughter of the renowned naturalist Dr. Raza H. Tehsin, Arefa has spent her childhood days treading jungles with her father, exploring unknown caves and handling snakes. She was appointed as the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Udaipur district and has pursued nature conservation through her writings and columns.
The Hindu, July 2018:
The Asian Age, July 2018:
Shortlisted for The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Best Author Award 2017
Outlook: A Liar’s Journey:
A small message on World Book Day 2020
Episode on Snakes on School TV, Doordarshan (DD) (July 2020) – YouTube Trailer
Sweden TV: Interview (#JLF2017. Story starts at 32:20 minutes.)
Amra and the Witch Publisher: Duckbill
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.
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.