About Arefa Tehsin
With her exam essay “Autobiography of a Dustbin” being read and applauded in the school assembly began Arefa’s writing career. She realized it wasn’t just treading the jungles, playing with snakes or exploring jungle caves that she loved but also recycling words.
She hails from a multicultural and multi-religious family.
She has contributed articles and features to Newspapers (like The Times of India, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Rashtradoot, Dainik Navjyoti and Jansatta), edited school and college magazines, co-authored research notes with her father in scientific journals like Bombay Natural History Society and wrote as a Columnist (column Different Outlook – Jan 2005 to Jan 2006) for Sri Lanka’s largest national weekly Sunday Observer. Her poems have got published in largest Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News and in the poetry anthology “Colour of My Dream” (2007).
She also Initiated and Coordinated the project “Lost in the Desert” on one of her father’s discoveries funded by Australian Geographic in 2006. She is co-producing the Documentary “Daughter of Saraswati” on this project with Director Himalay Tehsin. She has served as a Resource Person for Eco Trekking and Excursions organized by Rajasthan Government’s Forest Department.
She has participated in organising Surveys and yearly Aquatic Bird Census, Ornithology Course Packages, yearly Wild Life Week, World Environment Day, Wetland Conservation Day, Bird Watching Programs, Quizzes, Talks and Seminars. Travelling from rainforests of Sri Lanka to desert safari of Dubai, from castles of Germany to villages of Mewar, from farms of Austria to backwaters of Kerala, from arid forests of Rajasthan to tulip fields of Netherlands, Arefa has got the travel bug. Rather she feels it is a chronic disease!
Working with her father on his herbal innovations, wildlife researches and conservation endeavours, Arefa is also co-producing documentaries at present. Her documentary Rediscovery of Buddhism in India – Contribution of Sinhala Buddhists (Director/Producer – Himanay Tehsin) was released on three national channels of Sri Lanka (Rupavahini, Channel Eye and The Buddhist) and shown in India and UK (2006). It was screened in Vesak Film Festival, Sri Lanka (May 2009) where it won a Merit Award. Her Books - The Flying Lamps – An Edutainment book co-authored by Raza H. Tehsin and her released in Aug 2011. Steed of Jungle God, co-authored by her and Dr. Raza H. Tehsin, is scheduled to be published next year.
Iora & the Quest of Five, first book of a children’s fantasy series written by her and the short story anthology Urban Shots – Bright Lights - in which she has contributed a story, are both scheduled to be published this year.
A non-conformist by nature, Arefa Tehsin the daughter of naturalist Dr. Raza H. Tehsin, fondly known as the Vasco de Gama of Mewar jungles.
Her future plans? “If doctor told her she had only six minutes to live, she wouldn't brood. She’d type a little faster.”
About Dr Raza Tehsin
Co-author of the book: Fondly known as the Vasco de Gama of Mewar jungles, co-author Raza H. Tehsin is the initiator of Wildlife conservation movement in Southern Rajasthan. Besides his lonely crusade for wildlife protection, he has been instrumental in the establishment of game sanctuaries like Phulwari-Ki-Nal, Sitamata & Sajjangarh and has reported for the first time around 14 species from this region, as well as India. He has to his credit more than 60 research papers and notes published in national and international journals and hundreds of news items/articles in national and regional newspapers. He is mentioned in the Limca Book of Records too. Amongst his other honours and memberships,
Raza is the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Udaipur district, Former Executive - WWF, Former Member - Wildlife Advisory Board, Govt. of Rajasthan and holder of Honorary PhD from Jyotish Mahavidyalaya, Roorkee.