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The Hindu: More than a mere kat!

More than a MERE kat! AREFA TEHSIN  Cute and cuddly though they may seem, they are actually competitive and mean! No, meerkat is not a cat, even though its young are called kittens. It is a mongoose. With an attitude and an upright posture. Also called suricates, meerkats are social animals. Always alert and on... Continue Reading →

The Hindu: Up in Arms

March 12, 2015 Up in arms AREFA TEHSIN Neocapritermes taracua termites: Double up as suicide bombers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.   Turkey Vulture: Guess its defense Mechanism. Photo: Wikimedia Commons In this concluding part, we see how the creatures have some really cool techniques to ward off trouble. Shield of poop. Blood squirting eyes. Anal attack.... Continue Reading →

Four talks in Delhi

Four talks in the Delhi chill on the chilling Mysteries of Nature in Pathways School, Gurgaon, Shiv Nadar School, Noida and Mayoor School, Noida

My Column in The Hindu: Piercing Porcupines

FEATURES » YOUNG WORLD December 11, 2014 Piercing porcupines AREFA TEHSIN Prickly: The pocupine's main defence mechanism is its hair-like quills which are tough to remove. Photo: Nagara Gopal Illustration: K.G Rangarajan Porcupines are sharp animals... literally so! That’s why even tigers and leopards walk away from them. There are some animals you don’t mess... Continue Reading →

Book Launch & Panel Discussion in Delhi

A charming address by the charming Dr. Shashi Tharoor during the launch,"You must read this book to your children. And if you do not have children, borrow someone's child and read this book to him..." A fable on how the clever coppersmith helped the hornbill, who'd used cement instead of mud to build his nest,... Continue Reading →

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