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Two Thousand Isles: Re-Discovering Maldives
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(Re)discovering Maldives
(Re)discovering Maldives

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- Striking Oil -

After relying on the humble coconut for food, health, and wealth over the centuries, the modern #Maldives economy has left palm products in the shade.

But while dreams of bolstering national coffers by drilling for the black stuff persist, perhaps kaashi theyo could be making a real difference to household economies.

Photography: Naj


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- In the Shade of Gan -

Political tensions loomed over the return of foreign forces to Seenu Gan in 1957, casting a shadow that seems to have left a man's murder obscured in time.

Construction of the airstrip was halted by new prime minister, Ibrahim Nasir in January 1958, but before work was resumed one of the base's employees would be dead.

Photograph: Naj

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- The Undhoalhi -

What would the former #Maldives sultan think of an Englishman swinging on his undhoalhi, more than 70 years after his passing?

No doubt he’d be surprised by the activities thereon – football podcasts and online news – but not perhaps by the British presence, which had so swayed his reign.


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- All's Well -

For those lucky enough to still get drinkable water from their yard, the privilege comes with some responsibility.

Step One: Take two buckets (one large, one small), one scourer and one victim/volunteer. If the well’s annual cleaning coincides with the volunteer’s, more the better.

Step Two...click below for the rest:

Photography: Naj

#Maldives #Addu

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- Hassan the Unlucky -

It's surely a lucky man who can call himself Sultan of the Maldives. Isn't it?

Ask Sultan Hassan 10th. Betrayed, shipwrecked and banished...all before he turned 18!!

Lucky enough to live nowadays in #Seenu #Hithadhoo.

Photography: Naj

#Maldives #Addu

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- Baburu Kudhin -

The winding bike-ride through the Koattey area in Hithadhoo was an obstacle course of fallen palms, coconut-sized crabs, and coconut-sized coconuts.

As we turned off the engine, the orange of the headlight gave way to the blackness of the night. Our senses began to adjust, and the world slowly resurrected itself into the surreal silver of moonlight.

With the iconic silhouette of the palm trees towering 50 feet above, the last few crabs shuffled (like elephants) for shelter amongst the dry leaf litter. Or, we assumed that's what the noise was...

Then he was there. The dark figure hunched against the skyline, perched on a fallen trunk. Watching. Just as suddenly, he was gone.

Photograph: Naj

#Maldives #Folklore #Addu #Koattey

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- Maldive Fever -

Tropical islands without the tropical disease have contributed to tourism growth after centuries of infamous fevers in the Maldives.

But mosquitoes remain a part of daily life outside of the resorts, and it may be a little too soon for the travel agents to use 'Maldive fever' in their marketing campaigns.

Photography: Naj

#Maldives #MalariaFree #WHO

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- Magu Meals -

While the Maldives may never be famous for its street food, the gaadiya stalls of the capital offer authentic island eats for the inquisitive.

Fresh fruit and the inexplicable anatomy of the coconut wait on the southside of Male'. Who needs more coffee shops?

Photography: Naj

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- Gudugudaa Night -

The familiar figure of the island lady smoking the pipe - relaxed, confident and often wearing a traditional libas - has become an enduring emblem of Dhivehi culture.

It is even found on the pages of the recently-revamped passports.

Blending their own mixture of leaves, dried fruit, palm sugar and even tea, the Maldives' matriarchs still take comfort in the reliable flavours of tradition.

Photography: Naj
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