The other day I met this guy who was being a real pain in the ass at work. He was supposed to submit a letter in English but he had brought one in Dhivehi. When I told him that I couldn't accept the letter, he went ballistic on me. He started raising the roof about how we are all dhivehin and blah blah blah. Then he said something that ticked me off. He said, "We are 'raajje therey' people."
Why do people say that phrase whenever they don't get things done the way they want? I mean don't get me wrong I am a "raajjetherey" person myself, but I don't feel the need to rant about it whenever I don't get things done the way I want by others. I mean whats the point? Who isn't "raajjetherey" these days anyway? Most people in Male' are from some island or under dhaftharu.
Of course there are certain situations where it is appropriate to bring up that you are not from Male'. There is such a huge difference between the Maleans and the rest of the Islands because of the way things were in the past. The discrimination is slowly fading away but the roots have still got a hold. Understandably people find it hard to forget the past.
These people though say it like we are supposed to bend the rules for them out of pity just because they aren't "Maleans". Well I don't care whether you're from Thimarafushi or Thailand, I can't differentiate between people.
There is so much hate and resentment between Maldivians in the "My island/Atoll is better than your Island/Atoll." way. I should know since I classify as an "Addu Goobadda" myself. Ever since I could remember I have been hearing from others that Addu people are the sluttiest/greediest/snobbiest people in the Maldives. Heck, its not just Addu, there are people like that everywhere.
One girl once bitched about Addu people to my face and I was like, "Ahem...".
She looked at me and said, "Oh don't worry, you don't classify as one of them since you grew up here."
I asked her, "Oh so it's not me but my parents and my whole family eh?"
One other thing that upsets me is how Adduans accuse me of trying to be a Malean. Well helloo? My parents have moved here long before I was born. What do you expect? I'm sorry I cannot speak the dialect as fluently as you, but it's not what I was brought up with. I don't have any issues with being an Adduan. Whenever someone asks me I tell them I'm from S.Hithadhoo so and so. The problem is when people criticize me for talking like a Malean, living over here, being in a relationship with a Malean. etc
I'm sorry but I consider Male' to be my home. I grew up here, raised hell in Aminiya here and made what little friends I have here. I'm sure I have tons of relatives over there but they are pretty much strangers to me. It's a shame I know but that's the way it is.
P.S - Apologies about the terms "Adduan" and "Malean". It was just easier than saying Male' people or Addu people.