Aafaq Hameed

Aafaq Hameed is a class tenth student who writes prose as well as poetry. He hails from the Town of Chinars—Bijbehara. His works have been published by various online journals and magazines.

Aaliya Shalla

Aaliya Shalla is a bachelor's student of Multimedia & Mass Communication at the Govt. Degree College, Baramulla. She is currently an editorial intern at the Mountain Ink.

Aamina Altaf

Aamina Altaf is a photojournalist based in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Abrar Fayaz

Abrar Fayaz is a bachelor's student of English Literature at the Cluster University, Srinagar.

Adil Abass

Adil Abass is a visual storyteller based in Kashmir. He has done Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and was trained from AKS School of Photography run by ace Kashmiri photojournalist, Showkat Nanda.

Adil Hussain

Adil Hussain is a freelance photojournalist based in Kashmir.

Adil Amin Akhoon

Adil Amin Akhoon is the Managing Editor at The Mountain Ink.

Afreen Amin

Afreen Amin is pursuing bachelors in Journalism from Govt. Women's College, Srinagar.

Ahlam Yassin

Ahlam Yassin is a high school social studies teacher and a debate coach. She has pursued her Master's degree in Education.

Aijaz Ganai

Aijaz Ganai is a student of film making.

Aiman Khan

Aiman Khan is a Bachelors of Technology student and a writer based in Kashmir.

Amir Suhail Wani

The author is a Srinagar based Columnist, R&D Engineer, and a Comparative Studies scholar.

Amjad Majid

Amjad Majid is an art critic, teacher and IT professional. He is the founder of Inverse Journal; a journal of contemporary culture. He is currently concluding an art criticism book entitled "Waswo X. Waswo: The Outsider Within."

Anshuman Yadav

Anshuman Yadav is pursuing Masters in English Literature at the University of Delhi.

Arbeena Shah

Arbeena Shah is a graduate of Media Studies from Kashmir.

Areeb Ahmad

Areeb Ahmad is a Bachelors student of English Literature at the University of Delhi. He co-edits The Medley, a biannual literary journal.

Arif Bashir Wani

Arif Bashir Wani is a multimedia journalist based in Kashmir.

Arif Nazir

Arif Nazir is a Staff Writer at the Mountain Ink.

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, My Seditious Heart. Her forthcoming book is a collection of essays, Azaadi.

Asif Khan

Asif Khan is a masters graduate in Mass Communication from the University of Kashmir.

Asif Sultan

Asif Sultan is an assistant editor at the Kashmir Narrator magazine. He is the winner of the Press Freedom Award by American National Press Club.

Asim Qureshi

Dr Asim Qureshi graduated in Law (LLB Hons) LLM with a PhD in International Conflict Analysis, and is the Research Director at the advocacy group CAGE. He has published a wide range of NGO reports, academic journals and articles. In 2009, he authored the book Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance (Hurst, Columbia UP), a chapter in the 2017 book What is Islamophobia? (Pluto Press, Chicago UP) and in 2018 A Virtue of Disobedience (Unbound and ByLine Books). Since 2010, he has been advising legal teams involved in defending terrorism trials in the US and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Aurif Muzafar

Aurif Muzafar is a Constitutional Law & Human Rights lawyer based in Kashmir.

Badar Bashir

Badar Bashir is a Srinagar-based scribe who writes about travel and tribes.

Bashash Mahmood

Bashash Mahmood is a student of law at the University of Kashmir.

Basit Parray

Basit Parray is a bachelor's student of Journalism & Mass Communication at the Cluster University, Srinagar. He is currently an editorial intern at the Mountain Ink.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Kashmir.

Bisma Farooq

Bisma Farooq is a Staff Writer at the Mountain Ink.

Chitra Rajpal

Chitra Rajpal is pursuing Masters in Public Policy at the University of Delhi.

Danish Hassan

Danish Hassan is a Kashmir based poet. He is pursuing bachelors in English at the University of Delhi.

Darsh Dawood

Darsh Dawood is a bachelors student of journalism at GWC, Srinagar. He is currently interning with the Mountain Ink.

David Barsamian

One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape. His weekly radio program “Alternative Radio“ is now in its 34th season. His books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said sell around the world. His latest book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, the media, and the eco-crisis. In 2017 Radical Desi in Vancouver presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and San Francisco. David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

Rabia Noor

Dr Rabia Noor is an academician, author and a media researcher. A journalist-turned-journalism mentor, she has over 12 years of combined experience in journalism, teaching and research. She has highlighted diverse issues through her writings since 2005. She has written extensively on business, politics, conflict, human rights, health, education, gender issues and various aspects of the society. She has also to her credit many national and international publications.

Elisabeth Mehl Greene

Elisabeth Mehl Greene is a Visiting Researcher at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

Eqbal Ahmad

Eqbal Ahmad (1933 – 11 May 1999) was a Pakistani political scientist, writer and academic known for his anti-war activism, his support for resistance movements globally and academic contributions to the study of Near East. Born in Bihar, British India, Ahmad migrated to Pakistan as a child and went on to study economics at the Forman Christian College. After graduating, he worked briefly as an army officer and was wounded in the First Kashmir War in 1948.

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Faiz Ahmad Faiz MBE, NI, was a Pakistani poet, and author in Urdu. He was one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan. Outside literature, he has been described as "a man of wide experience" has been a teacher, an army officer, a journalist, a trade unionist and a broadcaster.

Faizan Akbar

Faizan Akbar is a Political Science student at Aligarh Muslim University.

Faizan Habib Wani

Faizan Habib Wani is a poet from Pulwama, Kashmir. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Technology from SSM College of Engineering & Technology, Parihaspora.

Farukh Naseem

Farukh Naseem is an avid reader and award-winning Bookstagrammar.

Faryaal Darakshan Banday

Faryaal Darakshan Banday is a graduate in English (Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She is currently interning with the Mountain Ink.

Furqan Khurshid

Furqan Khurshid is the founder of Big Frames Entertainment, a multimedia production house based in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Garsha Sai Nitesh

Garsha Sai Nitesh is a student of journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

Gayatri Aich

Gayatri Aich is a poet and a dancer. She is a student at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. Her performative works are based on the lives of people living in the borders.

Ghulam Mohammad Khan

Ghulam Mohammad Khan is an Assistant Professor in Higher Education and writer based in Kashmir. He has been previously published by many national and international journals.

Gowhar Geelani

Gowhar Geelani is a journalist, political commentator and author of the book, Kashmir: Rage and Reason.

Gowhar Yaqoob

Gowhar Yaqoob is an independent researcher and writer based in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Dr Hammudah Abd al Ati

Hammudah Abdalati graduated from Al-Azhar University of Egypt. He received an MA in Islamic studies from McGill University and a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University. He was appointed in 1960 the first full-time director of the Canadian Islamic Center of Edmonton, Aberta

Hana Vahab

Hana Vahab is a writer and freelance journalist based in Kerala.

Hirra Azmat

Hirra Azmat is a Srinagar-based journalist covering Health and Environment. Her works have appeared in many local and national publications.

Hirra Sultan

Hirra Sultan is a Srinagar-based writer. Her works have appeared in many regional publications including The Indus Post, The Counsellor Magazine, Kashmir Observer, among others.

Huzaifa Pandit

Huzaifa Pandit is a writer and poet from Srinagar. He has produced his Ph.D. thesis on Resistance Literature, and is the author of the poetry collection Green is the Colour of Memory.

Idrees Mir

Idrees Mir is a Anantnag based freelancer.

Iqbal Mehraj

Iqbal Mehraj is a Srinagar-based writer. He is currently working on an anthology on the prowling behemoths, Dark Knights.

Ishaq Bhat

Ishaq Bhat is a Multimedia Producer at the Mountain Ink.

Mahmood Gami

Mahmood Gami (1765-1855) introduced in Kashmiri the Persian forms of the Masnavi and Ghazal. He is noted for his work Yusuf Zulaikha, a poem which is a major contribution to Kashmiri literature. It is the first and the most popular masnavi in Kashmiri. It comprises 700 verses and has also been rendered into the German by the famous 19th century European scholar Fredrich Burkhard. 

Maroof Riyaz

Maroof Riyaz is a Journalism & Mass Communications graduate from the Galgotia's University, Greater Noida. He is also a graduate of Production & Post Production from Reliance Entertainment.

Maruj ul Muntaha

Maruj ul Muntaha is an artist and confessional writer from Srinagar.


Maya is a poet and has been published in many journals.

Mehak Ayaz

Mehak Ayaz is a bachelors student of English (Hons.) at Amar Singh College, Srinagar.

Meher Qadri

Meher Qadri is a staff writer at the Mountain Ink.

Mehnaz Wani

Mehnaz Wani, hailing from Sopore, Kashmir, is a Bachelors of Technology student.

Mir Yasir Mukhtar

Mir Yasir Mukhtar is a visual storyteller from Srinagar. His works have appeared in many vernacular publications.

Mountain Ink

Mountain Ink is an online & monthly print of literary journalism that explores literature in compelling narratives, examines events from multiple perspectives and translates complex ideas into authoritative & engaging stories.

Mufti Mudassir

Dr Mufti Mudassir teaches in the Department of English at the University of Kashmir.

Muhammad Abbas

Muhammad Abbas is a freelance journalist based in Kashmir.

Muhammad Raafi

Muhammad Raafi is a desk editor at the Mountain Ink. In about eight years of his career, he has reported for FT, Vice News, Al Jazeera English, TRT World, New Frame, The Wire and Article-14 among others.

Muhammad Nadeem

Muhammad Nadeem is a reader and writes about what he reads. Among his writings are reviews, poetry, and short stories. He also works with translation and criticism, and has previously been published in Prachya Review, Cafe Dissensus Magazine, Kashmir Lit, Sheeraza, Inverse Journal, AGNI, Poet Lore, 32 Poems, Jaggery Lit among other literary magazines and journals. His poems have been translated and published in several anthologies. His reading interests are diverse, and he has reviewed hundreds of books for literary publications. He is also a former editor of the Mountain Ink.

Mumin Gul

Mumin Gul is a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in Kashmir. His focus mostly lies in long-term photo projects. He is currently a multimedia intern at the Mountain Ink.

Munawar Hussain

Munawar Hussain is an Anant-Fellow at the University of Ahmedabad.

Mushtaque Barq

Mushtaque Barq is a senior writer and social activist. He is the author of a poetry collection, Withered Petals, published by Global Fraternity of Poets.

Nageen Rather

Nageen Rather is an Assistant Professor of fiction at lUST University, Awantipora, Kashmir. He is currently working on his debut novel.

Nawa Fatima

Nawa Fatima studies Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Nour Soubani

Nour Soubani holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree with High Honors in International Studies, Arabic, and American Studies from the University of Michigan.

Omer Farooq

Omer Farooq is a Sopore-based scribe whose works have appeared in many local publications.

Peerzada Muzamil

Peerzada Muzamil is a Delhi-based journalist.

Perveiz Ali

Perveiz Ali, born in Pampore; the famous Saffron town of Kashmir, is a poet-educationist. He writes both in verse and in prose. He is the author of Fractious Mind (Poetry collection). His poetry has been widely appreciated, nationally as well as internationally.

Press Trust of India

The Press Trust of India Ltd., commonly known as PTI, is the largest news agency in India.[5] It is headquartered in New Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers and has more than 1,000 full-time employees, as of 22 January 2016.[6][7] It employs over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country.[8] A few correspondents are based in major capitals and important business centres around the world. It took over the operations of the Associated Press of India from Reuters after India's independence in 1947.[9][10] It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi. Its corporate office is located at Sansad Marg, New Delhi and registered office in D N Road, Mumbai.

Rupsa Dey

Rupsa Dey is a poet. She has been awarded the Bal Shree honour in Creative Writing in 2015 and has been a creative writing fellow at Scottish Universities' International Summer School. She is working on a compilation of personal histories and stories of refugees and the displaced diaspora.

Saba Zahoor

Saba Zahoor is an engineer by profession. Born and raised in Kashmir, she is currently living in Saudi Arabia.

Sadaf Masoodi

Sadaf is a Mass Communication graduate from the University of Kashmir. Chronicling events in narrative writing interests her.

Safiya Shah

Safiya Shah is an NIT professional. She writes short stories in her spare time.

Sahana Mukherjee

Sahana Mukherjee is currently pursuing research in contemporary Kashmiri English poetry as an M.Phil scholar at Jadavpur University. She is the 2017 Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Creative Writing. Her poems have been published in The Sunflower Collective, The Four Quarters Magazine, Galway Review, Café Dissensus, Vayavya, Voice and Verse Poetry Magazine, The Bangalore Review, Muse India, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Economic and Political Weekly, Northern Light, Kashmir Lit. Her poems were long-listed for the Redleaf Poetry Award, 2017. Her work has featured in an anthology of contemporary Indian poetry, A Map Called Home. Her first book of poems, August Ache has been published by Writers Workshop.

Sahar Aslam

Sahar Aslam is a UK based book reviewer with Kashmiri origins. She studied life sciences at the University of Warwick and currently works in healthcare.

Sahil Imtiyaz

Sahil Imtiyaz is a doctoral student at the University of Camerino, Italy.

Sajad Gul

Sajad Gul is an independent journalist based in Kashmir.

Saliq Parvaiz

Saliq Parvaiz is a JRF scholar of Convergent Journalism at the Central University, Kashmir.

Sameem Wani

Sameem Wani did his bachelor's in English literature from the Jamia Millia University, and is currently enrolled for a master's programme at the Ashoka University.

Samia Mehraj

Samia Mehraj is a poet and development professional at IIC, University of Chicago Trust. Her work has been published in Scroll, Kashmir Lit, Hindustan Times, The Bombay Review among others.

Sangbit Samaddar

Sangbit Samaddar is a film-maker and photographer based in Kolkata. He is also a Marketing Communication Professional.

Saqib Ali

Saqib Ali is a photojournalist based in Srinagar.

Sarib Yousuf

Sarib Yousuf is an English Literature graduate from Srinagar.

Sayan Aich Bhowmik

Sayan Aich Bhowmik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Shirakole Mahavidyalaya, Kolkata. He also edits the blog Plato's Caves, a semi-academic platform for discussions on life, culture and literature.

Seerat Wani

Seerat Wani is a student, currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

Shabana Qazi

Shabana Qazi is a staff illustrator at Mountain Ink.

Shabir Ahmad Mir

Shabir Ahmad Mir is a poet and writer based in Kashmir. He is the author of the novel The Plague Upon Us, published by Hachette India.

Shah Umar

Shah Umar is a multimedia reporter at the Mountain Ink.

Sharafat Ali

Sharafat Ali is an independent photojournalist based in Kashmir. He is the Ian Parry Award (2017) recipient along with many other awards and honours to his credit.

Sheezan Muntazir

Sheezan Muntazir is a Srinagar based video creator. He is currently interning with the Mountain Ink.

Shuja Hamid

Shuja Hamid is a Srinagar based commentator. He is a doctorate in political science.

Sibtain Hyder

Sibtain Hyder is a Multimedia Producer at the Mountain Ink.

Sidra Nazir

Sidra Nazir is a poet from Kashmir. She has pursued her Masters in English Literature from the Islamic University of Science & Technology, Awantipora.

Soumi Ganguly

Soumi is a postgraduate student of English Literature at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Subhajit Pal

Subhajit Pal is a Masters students of Global Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi. He has previously worked with the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Kashmir.

Syed Tajamul Imran

Syed Tajamul Imran is a Kashmiri columnist and story-teller.

Tabish Haider

Tabish Haider is a Kashmir based artist.

Tahil Ali

A Mass Communication graduate, Tahil has worked as a Multimedia Content Creator for various local and national developmental projects. Previously, he worked with the Communications team of ActionAid India.

Takbeer Salati

Takbeer Salati is a PhD Research Scholar. Her research is based on Manto and his representation in Mathematical Literature.

Tanveer Magrey

Tanveer Magrey is a Tangmarg-based scribe whose works have appeared in many vernacular publications.

The School of Life

The School of Life is an educational company that offers advice on life issues. It was founded by Alain de Botton in 2008 and has branches in London (headquarters), Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, São Paulo, Sydney, Seoul, Taipei and Tel Aviv. The School offers a variety of programmes and services covering finding fulfilling work, mastering relationships, achieving calm, and understanding and changing the world. The School also offers psychotherapy and bibliotherapy services and runs online and physical shops.

Ubaid Majeed

Ubaid Majeed is the Editor-in-Chief at the Mountain Ink.

Ubair Fayaz Fazili

Ubair Fayaz Fazili is the Staff Writer at The Mountain Ink. He is the author of the poetry collection, Pain(t).

Umm Zakkiyah

Umm Zakiyyah is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of the 'If I Should Speak' trilogy and 'Reverencing the Wombs That Broke You'. She has written more than twenty books, including novels, short stories, and self-help. Her books are used in high schools and universities in the United States and worldwide, and her work has been translated into multiple languages. Her work has earned praise from writers, professors, and filmmakers. Her novel 'His Other Wife' is now a short film.

Yash Daiv

Yash Daiv is a senior copy editor with Pune Mirror, Times Group. His essays, features and reviews have appeared in many publications.

Younish Ahmad Kaloo

Younis Ahmad Kaloo is a writer and journalist based in Kashmir. He is the former Delhi Correspondent at the FORCE Magazine.

Zaid Nazir

Zaid Nazir is a bachelors student of political science at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Zubair Arif Shah

Zubair Arif Shah was born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, raised in Kashmir, and currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey. He was inspired towards writing especially in the years he lived in New Delhi and discovered great Urdu poets. He loves to constantly travel and is influenced profoundly by the thoughts and ideas of Sufism.

Zubair Chisti

Zubair Chisti is a Srinagar-based freelancer who writes about politics and society.