Renewal

I looked back to see a richshaw pull up from behind and stop by my side. It was a familiar face. I knew it right away. Especially the toothless grin. For as long as I can remember, he had never had any front teeth and always smiled with only his canines making him look silly. He had less hair and it was grayer.

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First Figr Scholarship

The first ever Figr scholarship was given to sister Malvi, a graduate of Delhi University and a professional in the travel industry. She has been actively pursuing knowledge and as the next step in her journey, has secured admission to the “Bridge Course for Almiyat” taught by Mufti Omar Abedeen and accredited by Al Mahadul Aali Al Islami, Hyderabad, India under the guardianship of Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani.

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Divine Disconnect

Giving more importance than is due to the material world leads to an obsession with what can be perceived through the senses: what cannot be seen, heard, smelt, tasted or touched becomes unreal. Materialism begets technology which begets a greater materialism. We pour our hearts out into heartless screens. Our words circle the globe a million times before coming back to us, devoid of the certainties with which we send them.

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Failures of the Invisible Hand (Part 1) : Self-interest as a virtue

In the film Jerry Maguire, when the hero shares a mission statement about how self-interest has replaced love as the reason to do business in the sports industry, he receives a standing ovation from his colleagues but is fired by the management later the same day. Many experience Maguire’s dilemma at the workplace where only the “converts” who can veil their innermost truths and align without flinching to the vector of capitalism are considered winners. Some of us resort to the unfortunate conclusion that cold selfish behaviour is “natural” for human beings in economic situations. This is false. The real reason for moral ennui at the workplace is buried in mainstream economic theory.

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