Milia Ali | The Daily Star
  • Milia Ali

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

  • 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 condition that struck without any prior warning. The affliction that stole part of my right eyesight came stealthily and silently—a white fog refusing to be dislodged obstructed my vision.
  • 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 our parents and teachers taught us seem to have simply gone out of the window.
  • 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 Age of Reason, or simply the Enlightenment.
  • 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
  • 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.
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