Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Maldivian Dreams

Had been on a holiday to a paradise which is commonly known as Maldives... A place which one must visit if you want a real holiday or want to see another world... Its a world away from the world... The sea is absolutely clean, transparent... One can actually see the sea life, corals with naked eye... Nature is at its best here... Its a 100% Muslim country and very safe.. People are nice, warm, affectionate, polite.... The affair starts the moment you land there... The runway is built on the sea. Its an amazing feeling to land on a runway with sea on both the sides.. The view from the plane is just awesome...

I stayed at a resort for two days named Maafushivaru T-Club. Went to that resort by sea-plane and then by boat which called Dhoni in Maldives. Its a resort where only Italians stay... But I got a chance to stay there, coutesy my brother whose friend is working there.. Staying in a resort like this was something I had never imagined... You are away from everyone.. Dunno whats happening in the world.. Just enjoy the beauty of the place.. Go for water sports, snorkelling, diving, swimming... The only thing that I did was eat, sleep and relax.... Tried snorkelling but I realised there that I have forgotten how to swim... :-(( But there are always options available.. So took a life jacket and went.... Had never seen sea life before... Its a altogether different experience which I may not be able to describe in words.. Its a feeling which one needs to feel when you see those beautiful fish, corals.... The best thing about that resort was there was no TV in any of the rooms... Its just because that the management wants the tourists to enjoy the beauty of the place rather than confined to the rooms watching the idiot box.... The chef is an excellent one who knows how to make mouth watering Italian food...

Rest of the days were spent in Hullumale which is a part of Maldives... Everyday I went to Male which is the capital of Maldives.. Its a 20 min ride by ferry and very comfortable... Ofcourse the view is amazing.... Male is a small city which is spread out in an area of not more than 5 Kms... One shall prefer to walk rather than take a taxi to roam around... The two main shopping streets are Majeedhee Magu and Chandheenee Magu. Magu means Road in Dhivehi, which is local language of Maldives. Traffic is very smooth... People dont blow horns on your face if you walk around or cross the road.. Infact nobody uses horns there... They let others go by whether he is on a vehicle or on foot..... You get all the latest stuff that you want... Saw some real swanky cars, bikes... Infact even the taxis are luxurious cars... Very well maintained... Taxi fare is fixed - 15 Rufiya whatever the distance you want to travel....

People are crazy about Hindi films.. they all are big fans of Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta and others.. Name the latest movie and they would be aware of it... Infact Maldivian music is totally INSPIRED by Bollywood music... The music is the same minus the lyrics.... Weather is very nice... It is sunny but not at all humid... Nice cool breezy weather which allows to walk even during the afternoon....

One thing that caught my attention the moment I landed there was the Maldives' Flag... Its a huge red and green flag with a white moon on it hoisted near the Presidential jetty.. Very beautiful and eye catching colors.... Got a pic also clicked next to it.....

Whole week was just spent in eating, sleeping and shopping... Bought a lot of sovenirs from there... In all it was a very nice experience to be there... A world away from this world.... A paradise on this earth.... Its aptly called: Maldives- The sunny side of life.

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