Syed Ali Hamid was born and brought up amidst the decadent Avadh aristocracy in Lucknow, a city known for refined manners and extreme politeness in conversation. He has published three books of poems: Autumn Rainbow (1993), No Man’s Land (2003) and Desire, Ultimately (2013). His other publications include, in addition to research articles, a book on the short fiction of Ernest Hemingway, and translation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea into Urdu which was awarded by the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy in 1990. His translations of Urdu poetry into English and English poetry into Urdu/Hindi have appeared in various journals. He is 60 years old and lives in Almora, the spiritual and cultural capital of Kumaun, where he is Professor of English at the Almora Campus of Kumaun University in Uttarakhand, India.