Rapid Fire With Maya Ali
What’s the best thing that happened this year?
When I moved in to my new house.
What do you love most about Lahore?
The food and the warmth in Lahore’s people.
What’s the best way to decompress?
Switch off my phone and give myself time.
What’s your life’s mantra?
Listen to everyone but do what your heart says.
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me is about choice; whether that choice is to get married, focus on your career, have children or do it all —whatever you choose, it’s your choice.
What are three things you look for in a man?
Respect for women; intellectual; his passion for his work.
Who are three people, alive or dead, that you would have dinner with?
Asim Raza, Uncle Munawar Alam Siddiqui, and my mother because I know I can learn so many things from them to live a better life.
What makes you smile the most?
When I see a smile and the satisfaction on my mother’s face.
What is your idea of a perfect date?
Ahh, lots of candle, flowers and the beach.
I can’t see anyone cry.
Music on a long drive.
One thing you still have from your childhood?
Lots of memories.
What was your advice to yourself five years ago?
Be strong no matter what, if you fall down seven times, stand back up the eighth time.
What angers you the most?
Lies, especially when you know the other person is lying to you on your face.
If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would it be?
Everything is already great, so I don’t want to change anything except one thing which I can’t tell.