The Maldives: Another Atoll Heard From

The Maldives sound like something that belongs in a salad. Actually, they are an autonomous British protectorate in the middle of the Indian Ocean, consisting of some 2,000 palm-shaded coral islands and reefs, 215 of them inhabited, and they are not quite real. Auld Lang Syne used to be the national anthem,*the Mother Hubbard is the prescribed dress for women, and the primary means of transportation are outriggers and baggalas, which resemble a cross between a Chinese junk and a Spanish galleon. Crime in the Maldives (rhymes with bald wives) is virtually unknown, and once a year...

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