Category Archives: Tradition & Lifestyle

The private home for learning

About 30 years ago, every morning I went to a house in my district to learn Quran. Children of my age group gather at the house where “Dhatha” (meaning sister) tought us how to read and learn Quran. We all sat on a cement platform built in the household next to the yam fields. Dhatha… Read More »

Courageos living

Long ago, collecting rocks (gal– corals or limestone) from house reef was widespread throughout the islands. As there was no aggregate to build houses, people mined corals. Taking and collecting corals was an extremely difficult and daunting work. Men spent hours and hours under the blistering sun. People gather in the beach to collect corals. The extensive work… Read More »

The gracious koel

Koel, locally knows as koveli, is the most gracious bird that i have ever seen. Among the birds of Maldives, this is among the actual residents of the Maldives. I remember the calls of the koel before it landed on the hands of my cousins. First, it was the calls- k..aau..kaau. Then it will be… Read More »

The unique hair bun of Maldivian women

Women have always had an important role in the family and community. In the early history of Maldives, Maldives witnessed woman as a Sultana or ruler. Several historians have confirmed that female rulers have reigned over the islands up until the 16th century. Ibn Batuta who came upon the women of Maldives in the 1300s saw it… Read More »