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; Bambi, Chops and Wag; Birds from My Window; The Birds of Delhi; Wild City etc. His other books deal with social issues including female infanticide, child sexual abuse, riots, dementia and teenage relationships. His book, Faces in the Water won the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing 2010 and the Ladli National Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2012. His book Our Nana was a Nutcase won the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing 2016. His book Taklu and Shroom was shortlisted for the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing in 2013. As a journalist he has had well over 2000 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.