Abdul Raoof Siddiqui grew up in Hyderabad, India but now lives in a suburb of Chicago, United States. He visits India often. He was always attracted to poetry from a very young age, his love affair with poetry started with his admiration for good Hindi songs. He always found himself fascinated with songs that had meaningful lyrics, though tune and music are important but for him lyrics still remain the soul of the song. He slowly drifted towards ghazals and started reading the works of Urdu poets. He still considers himself a student of Urdu. He pursues this passion of Urdu Poetry in his spare time to stay in touch with his Indian roots & culture.