A young Sherpa, whose family has welcomed Maldivians in their house for years, is about to embark on his first Everest summit bid.   Springtime is in bloom in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, as days get longer and warmer. But spring is not only a time to spot rhododendrons, the national flower, it is

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Maldives at present is renowned for seven star resorts, safaris, private sea plans and various modern day luxuries the world has to offer. But 40 years ago, the island nation was relatively unknown to the world and “paradise on earth” was yet to be discovered.   A 38 year old German photographer embarked on a

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Many Nepalis have never seen the ocean. What are their thoughts when they see the sea for the first time? A Nepali worker recently spoke to me about the sun, sand, and sea, and what she really thought of the Maldives. I first met Ramita in a cafe in Male, overlooking the Indian Ocean, and

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“Male’ was a very quiet place then. The streets were unpaved and there were very few vehicles. The houses of high-status families were low and cool with large swingbeds inside or in the verandah. Most had silent courtyards shaded by large trees. People were very calm in their demeanor,” he recalled.   I first heard

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