From `bhujia` to Kareena, India shines in Maldives
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Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011, 17:18
  
Addu: India may be miles away from Maldives, but its food, culture and films have won many hearts here.

The first thing that one notices after landing in this picturesque island nation is that the people here look like any other regular Indian. Except for the traditional dressing style, everything seems to be just the same.

Bollywood is popular here and this can be gauged by the fact that most of the taxi drivers listen to a mix of latest Hindi film numbers and western music.

"The younger generation seems to prefer more English songs but for us, we enjoy Hindi songs," says Salim, a taxi driver.

Asked which film star does he like, a Maldivian interpreter with the Indian High Commission here said, "Saif's gal, Kareena."

Many of Maldivian cuisines have an almost South Indian flavour to it. The standard food item that you can find here is the Maldivian chapati, similar to the one cooked in India, but a little larger and thinner.

It seems the predominantly Muslim country also loves to munch Indian snacks.

A visit to the supermarket here gives you a proof of that. From Haldirams' 'bhujia' to mixed mixture, one can find everything.

On the bilateral front, India and Maldives have been taking forward their cooperation in various areas.

India yesterday gifted to Maldives four lions made of bronze.

Military cooperation between the two countries is also growing. The Indian navy has put in place a security ring deploying warships around the tiny Island nation, which is taking no chances with the security of the assembled SAARC leaders.

The Indian Navy has also been extending help to Maldives to combat piracy.

India recently deployed a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in Male. It has also gifted a fast attack craft to the Maldivian maritime forces.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011, 17:18


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