Milia Ali

SHIFTING IMAGES

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

October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017

Testing the limits of sexual harassment

Earlier this month, The New York Times published an explosive story on allegations of sexual harassmenagainst Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The report was based on accounts of multiple women...

October 8, 2017
October 8, 2017

“We the people”

Of late, I have started avoiding social gatherings. The reason? Friends and acquaintances have become somewhat edgy and contentious, so that even civil discussions quickly rise to high decibel...

September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017

It's all in a word

“I'll miss you… may God be with you, etc.” Her response? A text with a single emoji, that of a crying face.

August 26, 2017
August 26, 2017

Long walk to coexistence

Who would have thought that a car could be employed as an instrument of terror? Only twisted minds, demented spirits, and agents of evil can harness a seemingly innocuous vehicle to mow down...

August 13, 2017
August 13, 2017

Redefining cultural borders

Some years ago, at a tea party in our home, an English friend devoured five samosas and exclaimed: “I just love these "triangular starters"—you must share the recipe with me!” The guests...

July 30, 2017
July 30, 2017

Time to take a pause

The truth is that taking a break from the routine activities frees our mind to perceive the sights and sounds that are often hidden by the noises in the system. Thank God that Rabindranath Tagore...

July 16, 2017
July 16, 2017

We need activism more than ever

Recently, I watched a TV news clip of protesters in the United States demonstrating against the Health Care Bill that, if passed by the Senate, would deprive millions of basic medical benefits....

July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017

Expanding the frontiers of connectivity

The debate about “art for hedonistic pleasure or art for a greater cause” is ongoing and will continue. But there is broad consensus on one issue: a good work of art can connect you to your senses,...

June 11, 2017
June 11, 2017

Is this the “tolerant society” we wanted?

Is this the “tolerant society” we envisaged as the outcome of our independence struggle?

May 28, 2017
May 28, 2017

Bollywood, please spare us your Muslim stereotyping

Films are powerful tools that shape ideas, attitudes and social norms. But as any art form, the message can be diffused or even distorted if it's not presented in the right way.