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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 physical and hostile match between England and Colombia, fighting for a place in the quarterfinals.

  • Social laws of upward motion

    Of late, I have been reflecting on an interesting aspect of our social discourse.

  • Padmaavat

    History, propaganda or just a movie?

    For some time now, I have been resisting the urge to add my voice to the Padmaavat controversy.

  • Prioritising life's

    Prioritising life's choices

    Recently, I made an unusual journey—a journey of love to pick up old relationships and energise them.

  • The power of empathy

    Almost every day we come across positive news about Bangladesh's economic progress, and the individual achievements of creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative Bangladeshis.

  • Regenerating the Tree of Life

    Post-retirement is often advertised on birthday cards and in Art of Living books as the “golden era” of a fulfilling life.

  • A brave new world

    It is quite natural to be reflective during the final stretch of a year, tallying its low and high points.

  • When ‘them’ becomes ‘us’

    As one more year fades away into the realm of the past, it may be useful to reflect on the core aspects of our life.

  • The new wave of resistance

    When Donald Trump won the 2016 elections by brazenly exploiting the racial divide and targeting immigrants, he unleashed the primal roar of disaffected white working-class voters who felt abandoned by the Washington Establishment and the Democratic Party.

  • Crossing cultures through fashion

    The term well-dressed has multi-layered connotations—especially in today's diverse world, where the concept of fashion is constantly changing and there are no fixed standards or norms.

  • 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 accusing him of all forms of sexual misdemeanour ranging from rape to verbal abuse.

  • “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 levels. Needless to say, the divisive issues mostly relate to world affairs and politics, with conversations rotating in circles!

  • Reweaving a lost past

    It is not always easy to travel back in time. For, we have a tendency to block the memories that generate emotional turbulence of some sort.

  • 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.

  • 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 innocent pedestrians going about their business…

  • 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 laughed, relishing the quaint nomenclature for a samosa—a South Asian

  • 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 was not fixated on “doing”.

  • 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. What struck me most was the image of a young protester in a wheelchair struggling with the security guards trying to forcefully evict her.

  • 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, not just your mind. In our fragmented world, it's important for people not only to comprehend adversity with their minds, but also to feel it emotionally and spiritually. This might motivate some of us to turn compassionate thinking into compassionate actions!

  • Is this the “tolerant society” we wanted?

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

  • 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.

  • Coping with 'otherness'

    Some years ago a South Asian friend shared an interesting anecdote with me. When she landed her first job in the corporate banking sector in London, she bought herself a new wardrobe of business suits and dresses.

  • The bell also tolls for you

    The Pahela Baishakh festivities bring out the best in us Bangladeshis. Apart from its creative and cultural aspects, Pahela Baishakh

  • Being Muslim – a pre-existing condition?

    Recently, I have started reflecting on the implications of being a Muslim in a world that is predisposed to think that Islam is a religion of violence and hate.

  • Love – the best revenge

    There is no silver bullet for raising a child since parenting is a complex task with uncertain outcomes. Perhaps the hardest part of parenting is imparting a value system to children. It's hard because values are often subject to cultural, ethnic and social biases.

  • What's in a word?

    Nelson Mandela aptly said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.

  • “Then they came for me”

    In his bestselling book, The Black Swan (2007), Nassim Nicholas Taleb developed an interesting theory.

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