Milia Ali

SHIFTING IMAGES

The writer is a renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent and a former employee of the World Bank.

December 4, 2019
December 4, 2019

The Age of Alternate Reality

Common sense tells us that life’s experiences should help us acquire a degree of certainty about most issues. However, I seem to be the exception to this conventional wisdom.

October 15, 2019
October 15, 2019

The ‘seditious heart’

I often wonder about the psyche and motivation of people who choose to resist unfairness, inequity and tyranny at a great personal cost. And I don’t mean luminaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson...

September 22, 2019
September 22, 2019

Revisiting our social structures

In the midst of all the political chaos and confusion reigning in our world today, we are perhaps overlooking an important issue—the basic fibre of our social structure is going through a tectonic...

August 22, 2019
August 22, 2019

Seeing life anew

As some of you may have noticed, I have been absent from the writing scene for about six months. No, I haven’t retired from column writing—rather it has been a forced hiatus. Forced by an eye...

January 24, 2019
January 24, 2019

When being wrong can feel right

I never imagined that most of the values and precepts I learned while growing up would become dated and rendered almost irrelevant during my lifetime. In particular, the lessons in humility that...

December 2, 2018
December 2, 2018

The Rise of Hate

In the “long 18th century” (1685-1815), European politics, philosophy, science and communications were radically reoriented during the course of a movement referred to by its participants as the...

October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018

America's moment of self-reckoning?

The past week has been tumultuous and agonising for most Americans. A week of speculation, media hype, and political and personal

September 16, 2018
September 16, 2018

A champion in triumph or defeat

Years ago, when I first migrated to the United States, I was asked to read Robert Ringer's Winning through Intimidation as part of my acculturation process.

August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018

Something to reflect upon

Today, I choose to address an issue that has generated years of soul-searching resulting in an inner struggle to draw the line between right and wrong.

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

Nationalistic competition or cosmopolitan carnival?

While I cannot claim to be an avid football fan, the World Cup bug does attack me every four years. I write this column on a sleepless night, disturbed and disenchanted after watching the rather...