Under the shade of trees people walk up and down,
Elegant ladies confined within the home,
Look-out over the high walls,
Wearing long dress - like gown.
Smooth sandy surface on the roads
Lit-up by the lanterns at night,
Some nights, washed by silvery moonlight.
Countless stars above, in the sky,
On the sea, boats with lateen sails,
Only with favourite wind can sail to reach destnation.
Calmness of the environment,
With clean air to breathe, to your heart's content,
No cars, no bikes, no noise on the street.
Smell of flowers spreading with the wind, so sweet.
Modest houses some with thatched roof,
A common sight but leak-proof.
Vast area without settlement,
For housing plots under the plan of government.
Many dine at home, no good restaurants.
No places to visit for entertainment.
That was Malé yesterday,
After fifty years, what a different picture today!
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