How about a few flats also for the resort workers?

Hulhumale is the only "planned" island in Maldives. It’s an advanced version of Male which is designed to replace Male’ as the preeminent city in Maldives. At the present count Hulhumale is a little bit more populous than Addu, has a couple of cows, an area designed for workshops, 2 mosques (1 rather beautiful) and all roads paved! that’s a big improvement compared to any other island. Plus there is a direct road that leads to airport which is especially beneficial for the islanders. In future, there are all sorts of plans (some just make believe ones!) to connect Hulhule with Male’ via the proverbial bridge, to connect to Gulhifalhu and thence to Villingili etc. Its all nice ideas which usually surface in election time. However the fact that residents of Hulhumale do have advantages and a future cannot be untrue.

The problem is the same problem as everywhere: distribution of wealth. It may not be corruption or daylight robbery, but when an institution is unfairly being given advantage over others, one is right to point the inconsistency. In this context this is more specifically about the controversial decision by the govt. to give a portion of the real estate built in Hulhumale to the armed forces. There are already fingers being pointed at MNDF as benefitting from the change of power which may or may not be true. But the question to ask is why not the others? Are the health sector workers less important or the education sector workers insignificant? Why do the musclemen have to get sweets and the resort workers toil unloved in far flung islands all their life? If its a matter of productivity then the fishermen are more productive than the MNDF. if its about earning foreign currency resorts and resort workers contribute more to this sector than anybody else. Political mistakes cost parties their positions and this seems just like another mistake by the current administration, effectively giving lots of ammunition to the opposition to pelt them with. The criteria for housing benefits or any other such benefits shall individual eligibility rather than belonging to a specific institution.

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Eid Mubarak: May everyone has a blessed Eid.

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It’s that time of the year when the resort workers love to be with the families, to enjoy a little bit of communal fun in the eid festival. Traditionally eid (the smaller eid, {eid al fitr}) starts with the eid prayer in the island mosque which will be followed by visiting the houses for a snack. It’s perfectly acceptable in eid to visit houses of complete strangers and demand a ‘tea’! Nobody will be rejected in eid and everybody becomes everybody’s best friend for a day.

 

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Writing prose with a little bit of sweetener is normal for blog writers and historians alike, but in a small close knit island its pretty much the reality. People generally leave aside years of animosity and become friends for a day! But the day will be compact; no sooner does the people enjoy their invited or uninvited teas and snacks people will pelt each other with water bags! It used to be plain water in small plastic bags and basically no one can escape the water war! Even the village chief or Katheeb cannot escape despite his revered eminence! It’s a whole day of fun with the islands in a riot. The riot will continue to the noon with various games such as “mandi”, “hiru”, tug of war, football, volleyball and anything that can be played. The fun and games will continue till the evening, with nowadays stage shows being the norm. The show will most likely be presented by the village youngsters in the village school.

People in Male’ are more detached and live the city life, but in the last years more people make it a point of spending the eid with relatives or friends in islands to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

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