Born on 10th February 1948 at Chhattabal, Srinagar in Kashmir,
Maharaj Krishen Raina (MKR) is a civil engineer by profession.
Having worked in his professional capacity at Baramulla in J&K Flood
Control Deptt, at Uri in Uri Hydel Project, at Kangan in Civil
Investigation wing of Power Development Deptt, and finally on Upper
Sindh Hydel Project – Phase-II at Kangan, MKR migrated to Jammu in
February 1990 at the height of militancy in the Valley. In 1995, he
shifted along with his family to Mumbai for a peaceful living and
for providing better education to his children. He is now settled in
Vasai, a northern suburb of Mumbai.
MKR has four children. Mansi is married to Nikhil Nagri, an entrepreneur and is settled in Mumbai. Vishal is a professional Animator and Web Designer. Shifali is married to Prithvi Malhotra, a flight captain and is settled in Mumbai. Ashwin is pursuing a career in Merchandise. MKR's wife Sonia, who has a Master's Degree in Education, has been a great support to MKR in his zeal for service to Kashmiri language and literature. Her abnormal patience has contributed heavily to the ambitions of her husband.
Born to Smt. Shamrani Raina and Shri Shamboo Nath Raina, MKR is the second child of his parents. He has one elder sister Usha Razdan (W/o Shri Jawahar Lal Razdan, settled in Mumbai), two younger sisters Lalita Koul (W/o Shri Maharaj Krishen Koul, now settled in Mumbai) and Sarla Bhat (W/o Shri Ashok Bhat, settled post-exodus in Jammu) and a younger brother Rajinder Raina (settled post-exodus in Mumbai).
MKR lost his father in 1959 at a very young age, when MKR himself was only 11 years old. Left without any regular income, mother Shamrani took up the challenge and worked hard for bringing up her children against all odds. The courageous lady did not allow her children to think even for a while that they were without father. And she succeeded in providing good education to them and bringing them up at par with those in the close relations and neighborhood. MKR considers all his assets as a consequence of his mother’s will and hard work and above all, her great motherhood.
During the tenure of his service in Kashmir, MKR spent most of his time at various scenic places, on snow-clad mountains, in dense jungles, at lakesides and the like. He got used to live a camper's life for most part of his service at the places like Booniyar (famous for heavy snowfall and Mahaseer fish), Mount Hatam Mir (famous for Budloo pine and birchwood), Nav Baalan (the high altitude snow-clad mountain between Uri and Gulmarg, Mount Viji (the high mountain separating Uri and Handwara), Bandi Brahmana, Wangath, Narain Naag (a Hindu Tirtha with old temple ruins on the banks of sacred Krenka Nadi), Mahalish (a vast meadow at the top of mountain range below Harmukh), Koul Sar, Brahma Sar, Nundakhol and Gangabal (all sacred lakes at the base of Harmukh, Gangabal being the largest about 3.5 Kms long, half a Km. wide and more than 80 meters deep at the centre), Sonamarg and other places of tourist interest. This brought him closer to the charming scenic beauty of the Valley and also provided him the peaceful atmosphere to write. He is as comfortable with Nastaliq as he is with Devanagari script.