Arefa spent her childhood visiting the jungles of Aravalis with her naturalist father. As a child, she was often found trying to catch a snake or spin a yarn. She grew up to be a story-spinner and was appointed the honorary wildlife warden of Udaipur for a term. She is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and writes columns and articles for various dailies and magazines. To know more about her writing, visit www.arefatehsin.com.