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  • Reflections on 2012

    Reflections on 2012

    It’s the end of 2012 and what a year it has been. Almost one year ago I remember having a conversation with someone who wrote a daily blog for 365 days in 2011 – he wrote pieces on his wedding day and even during his honeymoon! I was inspired by his commitment and although my blogging ambitions were different to his, I had a lot of fun writing whatever I could manage in what turned out to be a very […]

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  • KalhuSai Bow Meehunge Ihthihard #KSBMI: 02 – jessun

    KalhuSai Bow Meehunge Ihthihard #KSBMI: 02 – jessun

    Thoughts. Constantly evolving in our minds, speculating on all around us.However insignificant a thought may seem to be, you never know what it can expand into unless it is shared. The unshared thought simply drowns in oblivion, taking along with it the plethora of other ideas and opinions that hearing this thought might have bred in other minds.Emmenge presents an excerpt from a conversation where one such thought is shared, and branches out into a myriad opinions . ‘Jessun’ – In […]

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  • KalhuSai Bow Meehunge Ihthihard #KSBMI: 01 – iru medhu jehun

    KalhuSai Bow Meehunge Ihthihard #KSBMI: 01 – iru medhu jehun

    *please refresh window if the player fails to load on your browser. [Ctrl R] or [⌘ R]   Thoughts. Constantly evolving in our minds, speculating on all around us.However insignificant a thought may seem to be, you never know what it can expand into unless it is shared. The unshared thought simply drowns in oblivion, taking along with it the plethora of other ideas and opinions that hearing this thought might have bred in other minds.Emmenge presents an excerpt from a […]

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  • A’ Nisa

    A’ Nisa

    A’Nisa in Arabic means ‘The Woman’. A chapter named A’Nisa in the Quran includes verses about women’s bodies and modesty. These verses are much quoted by religious preachers, who reinterpret it as the covering of all parts of a woman’s body, except the face and hands, or sometimes leaving nothing bare, not even the eyes. The concept or image of the naked woman often rules hearts. However this notion is much unacknowledged and “the good people” find ways to mask […]

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  • Evolution of hashtags #mvcoup & #mvprotest on Twitter

    Evolution of hashtags #mvcoup & #mvprotest on Twitter

    Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize message. A hashtag can be a reference to an idea, event, person, or it can even be a cultural reference that Twitter users can place in their tweets whereby providing a context for that particular tweet. The idea of using hashtags on Twitter was proposed by Chris Messina (@chrismessina) in 2007 when he […]

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  • Lightpainting. CC Flickr, By ABSattar

    Maldivians at a crossroads with religion

    I was once at a presentation where someone stated that ‘today, Maldivians are at a crossroads with Islam’. Coming from a country that likes to claim that it is a ‘100 per cent Muslim’ country and continues to believe and enforce the idea of religious homogeneity, at all costs, I thought it was a very interesting and daring statement to be said in the public domain. Whilst some of us like to deny the reality, these words hit home for […]

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  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Photo Gemima Harvey

    For those who say there is no room for discussion on the issue of public flogging in the Maldives – Here’s one for you

    13th July 2011 – Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Ahmed Naseem meets Hillary Clinton in Washington and states “Both the United States and Maldives have the same ideals, and we strive to create democracy in Maldives…. we have been successfully broaching the democratic transition (in the Maldives). I think that was the pivoting of the Islamic awakening … And we are working very closely on the – in the areas of human rights in Geneva”. (Source: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/07/168473.htm) 27th November 2011 […]

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  • walking to work cc flickr, By blindscapes

    Racism. Not a myth in the Maldives.

    One of the most appalling scenes I have witnessed in Male’ was when I saw a group of ten Bangladeshi men treated as second class human beings at the Hulhumale’ ferry terminal. In the waiting area at the terminal, everyone was waiting for the arrival of the ferry between Male’ and Hulhumale’. Once the ferry arrived, the ferry service officer asked all Maldivians to get on board first and commanded the Bangladeshis, in the rudest possible way, to wait until […]

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  • happy national day. CC Flickr,  By notsogoodphotography

    Historical view of Maldivian women!

      happy national day. CC Flickr, By notsogoodphotography A British ethnographer, T. W. Hockley, visited Male’ in 1935 and expressed his views on Maldivian women: “Of the women of the place I saw but few during my sojourn in Male’. Although it is a Moslem country women do not go veiled, but, nevertheless, they seemed very shy and timid as deer, and run inside their houses on the approach of a stranger. The women as a rule are fairer than […]

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