I am Rezoana Arefine. I was born in Chittagong surrounded by mountains and the sea. From my childhood, I was addicted to traveling in the mountains and the sea. This situation has given way to the mountains of my greed!
I have never faced gender discrimination in my family. This positive aspect has helped me to dream in life.
Since my school life, I have been working on extracurricular activities in between my studies. From school life, writing articles in the newspaper, recitations, and presentations are done by me. With that, I started my work as a vocal artist on national radio and a presenter on national television. Not only that, I am involved as an active recitalist. I learned photography in the meantime and started street photography because I am addicted to walking in the mountains. Even after all this, I never stopped reading books. As I love to read books, I am also involved in book editing. Apart from studies and extracurricular activities, I work as an audiologist for the visually impaired. I have an organization for this named 'Swapno Puroner Sarothy'.
How did I come to the world of snakes? Say so this time! I used to fear snakes and art like death. But in 2018, I felt that this time was the time to conquer this fear. After that, I started studying snakes in between studying zoology and started to overcome fear. Then it came to mind to raise public awareness about snakes by doing calligraphy on the streets. Thus conquering the fear of snakes and art.
In 2022, I started a foundation called the Kundali Foundation to conserve snakes and reduce human deaths from snakebite. There are 495 upazilas in all of Bangladesh. I visited these 495 upazila hospitals, took information, and put posters on them. I used to visit snakebite victims homes and conduct public awareness programs on snake and snakebite management. Not just snakes; I am also working on tiger-man conflict, scorpion bite, and spider bite. I have been running this completely on my own.
Needless to say, me and snakes are inextricably linked because my birthday and World Snake Day are on the same day. I want to spend my life focusing on snake-related research. I think every animal on earth has the right to live naturally. Let's build a beautiful world for everyone.