Ranjit Lal is the author of over 35 books – fiction and non-fiction – for children and adults who are children. His abiding interest in natural history, birds, animals and insects is reflected in many of his books: The Crow Chronicles, The Life and Times of Altu Faltu, The Small Tigers of Shergarh; The Simians of South Block and the Yum-yum Piglets, The Tigers of Taboo Valley, Bambi, Chops and Wag; Birds from My Window; The Birds of Delhi; Wild City etc.

His book, Faces in the Water , on female infanticide, and for which he was honoured by IBBY in 2012, won the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing 2010 and the Ladli National Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2012.

Our Nana Was a Nutcase – on dementia and Alzheimer’s – won the Crossword Raymond Award for Children’s Writing in 2016.

Other books with social themes include Taklu and Shroom (shortlisted for the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing 2013), Miracles, Smitten (on child abuse in the family), The Secret of Falcon Heights, The Dugong and the Barracudas, and The Battle for No. 19.

As a journalist he has had well over 1500 articles and photo-features published in the national and international press and currently has a column – Down in Jungleland – in the Indian Express ‘Eye’.

His other interests include photography, automobiles, reading and cooking. He lives in Delhi.

(Photograph by Shyam Madhavan Sarada)