Guys of Male’ – Taxi Driver

It was a very warm afternoon and I was sweating in and out, standing under the heat of the Maldivian Sun, waiting for a taxi to take me for a ride to the ferry terminal.


I just finished a meeting with my client, a Maldivian gentleman, and he was nice enough to help me get (wait for) a taxi. Their office is in the weirdest of locations in Male’, a one way street, almost like a dead end. It was almost near the pier area, a place that looks more like for cargo and shipments than for people.

It took us about 20minutes to get a taxi. A lot of taxis passed by but none were vacant until finally, one stopped. I bid my client goodbye and sat on the front passenger seat, which I don’t usually do.

The driver was talking in Dhivehi (Maldivian language) and I thought maybe he has a blue tooth on his ear talking on the phone. Until I realized he was talking to me.

“I don’t understand Dhivehi,’ I said. But he kept talking. He was smiling. I thought he was just friendly. So as he kept talking, I asked ‘Ehentha?’ which is almost similar to “Is it?”

He looked at me, surprised that I was able to utter one word. He was very happy and he started talking in Dhivehi again laughing, waving his hands in excitement and then finally his excited hands landed on my knee. I was shocked. I couldn’t say anything. He removed his hand and he started talking in a mix of Dhivehi and English. He was asking questions but I never answered. It was a very uncomfortable feeling and I felt like I just wanted to jump off the taxi. I could have but these are the times when I panic and I couldn’t think clearly.

A few minutes more I saw a lady waving a few meters away from the taxi and he stopped. The driver asked me in his broken English if I would be willing to share the taxi with this lady and even though I never liked taxi sharing, that day, I said yes.

It was the longest 15min-taxi ride I ever had in Male’ and I hope it would never happen again.

Author: aysabaw

Aysa is a stubborn island girl, drinking more than 3 cups of coffee a day, swimming with the reef sharks, turtles and parrot fishes almost everyday. If she is not reading her books, writing something comical, leaving rubbish comments on your posts or strumming her guitar, then she's up to some mischief.

14 thoughts on “Guys of Male’ – Taxi Driver”

  1. Pwede pala ang taxi sharing dyan? Next time sa likod ka na lang umupo para hindi na uli mangyari yun. Hindi naman siguro uso ang sleep-spray modus operandi dyan noh?

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    1. Bawal talaga yong makishare, usua;;y di ako nakikishare, aba nagbayad na ako ng buong fare which is MVR 25 flat rate kahit saan ka magpunta tapos magsasakay sila at kukuha ulit ng magbabayad ng buong MVR 25. Buti sana kung sharing din ang bayad.

      Di ko alam bakit nung tima na yun sa harap ako naupo haha usually sa likod…pero mas madalas talaga naglalakad ako dahil ayaw ko magtaxi. Masyado lang talagang malayo yung lugar at di ko kabisado kaya ako nagtaxi HUHUHU

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      1. Pero sabi nila mas safe daw umupo sa unahan kapag sasakay ng taxi. Not really sure though. Di bale, next time lakarin mo na lang kung di naman kalayuan. Or pwede rin lumangoy ka na lang siguro pauwi. Hahah..

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