The Hindu: Loud and Proud

Loud and proud AREFA TEHSIN The animal kingdom is full of fascinating creatures. Let’s look at a few that could possibly split your eardrums! “Shhhh… Not so loud!” Your mum would have warned you time and again as you laugh aloud, cheer when a batsman hits a six or just have a heated argument. Loudness... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Terrific Talkers

TERRIFIC talkers AREFA TEHSIN Popular pet:And great mimic.Photo: Special Arrangement Quick learner: Loves to imitate. Photo: Special Arrangement Not just birds, there are a few animals too who can mimic us. Take a look at them. “Never miss a chance to shut up,” Will Roger advised. And so have the sages and wise ones over... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Fabulously Flightless

Fabulously flightless AREFA TEHSIN   Strange as it may seem, some birds don’t fly. They have wings but it’s not possible for them to take off! So, what use are the wings? “If I were a bird, I’d sing a song And fly about the whole day long And when the night comes, go to... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Our wings are not for flying!

My Column in The Hindu Our wings are not for flying! AREFA TEHSIN Cormorant: Looking out at the ocean. Rhea: The wings act lke a sail and rudder. Waves soar, babies cry, lions roar and birds fly. Well, not all the time! It is interesting to note that some of the most fascinating birds that... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Ingenious and Intelligent

Column in The Hindu's Young World Ingenious and intelligent AREFA TEHSIN Dive in: Triple treat for your eyes! Photo: Wikimedia Commons Artistic elephants, musical pigs, dancing dolphins and more… meet some smart cookies from the animal world. By Arefa Tehsin: Author & Ex-Honorary Wildlife Warden, Udaipur Elephants can paint, ants can farm, pigs can sing... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Who’s the Smartest of Them All?

Who’s the smartest of them all? AREFA TEHSIN The Hindu Smarty ants: They are smarter than you think. Photo: K. R. Deepak If you thought humans were the most intelligent species on Earth, you will change your mind after reading this. Oh yes, although we share 94 per cent of our DNA with them, we... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Driving Through Middle Land

At Spiti Valley PHOTOS: ADITYAVIKRAM MORE  Travelogue in The Hindu: Driving Through Middle Land   The beautiful captures by Adityavikram More     Driving through Middle Land AREFA TEHSIN   Gurgling rivers, crunchy apples, breathtaking views…Spiti Valley turns the writer into a storyteller “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto... Continue Reading →

Business Standard: Demystifying mysteries of nature

Do Tigers Drink Blood and 13 Other Mysteries of Nature in Business Standard And The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/demystifying-mysteries-of-nature/article7046993.ece Demystifying mysteries of nature Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  March 29, 2015 Last Updated at 15:02 IST Do tigers drink blood? No, says a naturalist duo who seeks to demystify the popular perception about big cats and... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: In the fine company of flying frog

Travelogue in The Hindu: In the Fine Company of Flying Frog The interesting clicks by Adityavikram More     CHENNAI, March 6, 2015 Updated: March 6, 2015 19:42 IST In the fine company of flying frog HERE A CROAK, THERE A CROAK In the forest with frogs for company Photos: Adityavikram More   HERE A CROAK,... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Self Appointed Sentries

Column in The Hindu: Self-appointed sentries TODAY'S PAPER » FEATURES » YOUNG WORLD February 20, 2015 Self-appointed sentries BY AREFA TEHSIN  Just as we have armies and weapons to guard us, small animals have their own protective mechanism to ensure their safety. You can’t afford to be casual when your life is at stake. We... Continue Reading →

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