What really bugs me: Starvation

It maybe be less dramatic than war. It maybe scattered over several countries you've never heard of. It may not get much media coverage. It maybe a long term, amorphous, complicated problem. But what really gets to me and makes me depressed and literally tear up, everyday, is that about 25,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related issues, most of whom are children.

Imagine kids going for weeks without a decent meal, that they feel weak, confused and tired like you've never ever been, that they can't get proper sleep and hallucinate when awake, that they constantly feel cold and shaky, that their immune system is so shot that any minor disease or illness is a major threat, that their organs start to shutdown and bring about agony like you've never ever felt until they finally die. That's what starvation entails.

What do I think is the biggest injustice? That the world as a whole produces enough food that starvation should be history. But greed and lack of political will, among others, mean that starvation sustains and remains an ever present threat in many places across the Earth.

Where's the outrage?

Fucked up world we live in.

Dhives – A free Dhives Akuru font

Earlier this year, Nattu and I took a break from work to work on something fun and different. The result: A Dhives Akuru font. We published this a while back at the Semicolon blog, I'm posting it here just for reference.

I admit the font is very unpolished. I should have spent more time cleaning it up but I had to spend a whole lot of time reading up, learning how Dhives Akuru works, finding sample characters etc. I read pretty much everything I could find on Dhives Akuru on the web and learnt a whole lot about Dhives Akuru along the way. And it is a complex beast.

Dhives Akuru is the script used in the Maldives until it was replaced officially by Thaana as the official script for Dhivehi.


Using Dhives with the font is pretty straightforward. We have mapped the characters phonetically like the popular Thaana keyboard mapping. Except for the several scenarios involving conjuncts and combinations requiring the use of ligatures when designing and building the font, which has been skipped, it is just like writing Thaana (or so we believe!).

- Dhives – A free Dhives Akuru font