Shahid Ali was a multi-faceted personality and appears to be a sensitive soul. He was born in Srinagar and studied in Delhi. Later, he migrated to America and served in various colleges and universities. Shahid was a fine scholar and a brilliant teacher which was reflected by the love and respect shown by his student. Shahid was a profound lover of good poetry, music, clothes and food. He always thought of Kashmir and was hurt by the mounting violence in the valley. Though he was not a political poet, his finest work relates to writing about Kashmir. He was a firm believer of not mixing politics and religion. Even cancer could not break his spirit, which showed he never lost the courage in the face of misfortune. He refused to take the help of the wheelchair in the hospital.