Innes and Islands
Hammond Innes is the only author to have written a novel based in Addu atoll…but when did he visit, and what did think about life in the United Suvadive Republic, 1963?
Birds of a Feather
Trouble in paradise can transform a dhooni into a kaalhu, but people and crows in the Maldives go way back
Seventy-four years ago, thirty-nine men from Addu sailed for Colombo, but only two would come home
Redi or Not?
The Dhivehi dark ages stretch back through most of Maldivian history, but the mysterious glimmer of the Redhin remains
Life on RAF Gan was often nothing to write home about, though that depends on what stationery you use
Long before the Maldives hit it big with tourism, coconuts and fished lubricated the economies. Could the kaashi theyo craze create some new cottage kunfuni ?(VIDEO INCLUDED)
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
Clues Over Koattey
Following clues left by HCP Bell 94 years ago, we set out to discover the secrets of Hithadhoo’s cultural reserve (VIDEO INCLUDED)
Cleaning the well is a vital part of island housekeeping. Here’s our guide to keeping the fresh water fresh.
Tales From Port T
Before Suvadive became Seenu or Gan became Coral Command, Addu was Port T, and Peter Doling’s fabulous book tells many tales
Hassan the Unlucky
Sultan of the Maldives; lord of the twelve thousand isles; surely one of the best jobs in the world. Isn’t it?
The lights dimmed and the moon took over. The creatures of the island shuffled for cover, and there he was
A Tale of Two Islands
Even in the Maldives’ pristine isles, feuds tend to fester, but could Hulhumeedhoo’s environmental challenges have elevated its fighting into folklore?
Hulhumeedhoo is unique for a number of reasons, though a declining population isn’t one of them
Swimming is key for life and leisure in the islands, though modern developments mean people are increasingly confined to the land
Secrets of Seenu
Firaq’s cave of wonders waits for a time when history and politics can find space to co-exist in the tiny islands
Pariah of Paradise
Revered in Tamil Nadu and eaten in parts of Polynesia, Maldivian fruit bats are regarded with disdain – neither sacred nor snack
Keeping Time in Meedhoo
Ibrahim Didi keeps watch in the Maldives’ oldest cemetery as the sun and history still burn brightly
While Male’s cramped cars dream of what 15mph feels, Addu’s drivers can take the long road
The Seenu Fairy
Truth is usually stranger than fiction, but this is a bird with more than a whiff of myth
While Abu al Barakat is said to have converted the Maldives to Islam, a competitor for his title lies below the equator
Water, Water, All Around…
The pleasure of plentiful fresh water in the Indian Ocean is a privilege enjoyed by a select few
The stillness of a Maldivian night is perfect for reflecting on life, both on earth and further afield
If any man was likely to introduce Addu atoll to English literature it was Hammond Innes