Elest Ali is a writer, reforming goth and literary pervert with cats. Once the food editor at Time Out Abu Dhabi, she abandoned the high life of haute cuisine and cowering restaurateurs in a bid to suffer for her art. Now a scraping freelancer by day and eccentric author by night, she is labouring with love over various personal projects including Pixi and the Boy That Never Was, which is a kind of novel. Elest is also a closet film buff who has contributed to both volumes of Intellect Publishing’s World Cinema Directory: Japan. London born and bred, she currently resides in Turkey.
What’s under my headscarf matters to me, say Muslim women with alternative haircuts and fashion styles.
Elest Ali dedicates this one to folks who, whether by choice or circumstance, eschew the social norms of the festivities.
How whittling away at the excesses in our lives can create space and give us strength for the inner process to begin.
Do we go through the motions of religion but only truly invest in what benefits us?
Speculation about the removal of the Prophet's tomb in Mecca highlights how this austere ideology can destroy Islam’s sense of human value.
When you believe, not even a mash-up of faiths at home can muddle yours, as Elest Ali has found.
Art: can’t live without it, can’t live off it in most instances. Elest Ali ruminates on the edge of a perpetual wave.
In an era of negative portrayals of Islam, Alchemiya aims to shift the discourse by sharing content they love, which evokes grand memories of a positive past for Elest Ali.
Come along with Elest Ali on a whimsical ride of self-exploration from the comfort of a couch.
Brains, beauty and even brawn abound in this alluring assortment of six single princesses.
Paying our respects to the dead is simply another way of remembering God and reminding ourselves of our own mortality.
Certain to set your day a' dreamin', our list of princely heartthrobs is presented in a tongue-in-cheek style to bring joy to even the most cynical singles.