Ashfaq Saraf started writing at the age of 16 while in school. Born in the Baramulla town of Kashmir Valley, he pursued graduation from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. He gave up writing, which had primarily begun as Verse in Urdu, and did not write until after completing college. He began writing again when he started working (as a VLSI Design Engineer), seeking more meaning from what life had to offer. Poetry, for him is a medium through which one can impart a countenance to one's imagery and one's desire to see a change in what he sees as a normalization effort of an ambidextrously unfair affair manifested in all possible formulations of injustice in the world. 'The Harkening' is his first collection of poems. All the poems published in this collection have been written between July 2010 and December 2011.