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CultureShock! Mauritius

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CultureShock! Mauritius contains all the information you will need to assimilate into life on this island where the dodo once roamed free. Mauritius has often been called a paradise on earth because of its picture-postcard beaches and idyllic resorts; but that image is just one facet of this small nation with a multi-racial heritage. In this book, you will discover more about the different ethnic groups that live side-by-side and the local customs such as what to do when invited to an Indian, a Muslim, a Creole or a Chinese wedding. Learn more about the local Creole language, the traditional dance know as séga, the difference between a bazar and boutique as well as what to do at a tea hotel. Let CultureShock! Mauritius introduce you to the wonderful people of Mauritius and guide you through the ins and outs of the country so that you get the most out of your stay here..

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of Mauritius
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2 ‘Mauritius Welcome You’
    1. The Nine Districts
    2. Wildlife Conservation
    3. When the Dodo Roamed the Land
    4. Rodrigues: The Other Mauritius
    5. Big Brother Mauritius
    6. New Developments
  11. Chapter 3 As One People, As One Nation
    1. Indians
    2. Muslims
    3. Chinese
    4. The ‘General’ Population
    5. Communalism
    6. The Family
    7. Religion
    8. Superstition
  12. Chapter 4 Socialising
    1. Foreigners
    2. Socialising with Mauritians
    3. Visiting
    4. Conversation
    5. Making Friends
    6. Causes for Celebration
    7. Divorce
    8. Cohabiting
    9. Children’s Rites of Passage
  13. Chapter 5 Settling Down
    1. Arriving In Mauritius
    2. What to Bring
    3. Accommodation
    4. Around the House
    5. Safeguarding Your Valuables
    6. Transport
    7. Public Phones
    8. Shopping
    9. Public Toilets
    10. Education
    11. Personal Finances
    12. Medical Care
    13. Cyclones
    14. Culture Shock
  14. Chapter 6 A Taste of Mauritius
    1. Ethnic Cuisines
    2. The Melting Pot
    3. Fast Foods
    4. Drinks
    5. Food Taboos
    6. Food Shopping
    7. Eating Out
    8. Entertaining
  15. Chapter 7 Enjoying Mauritius
    1. Fun in the Sun
    2. Beach Culture
    3. Outdoor Fun
    4. The Arts
    5. Gambling
    6. Clubs
    7. The Night Life
    8. Festivals
  16. Chapter 8 Language and Communication
    1. The Official Languages
    2. The Real Mauritian Language
    3. Mother Tongues
    4. Language as a Status Symbol
    5. Body Language
    6. The Media
  17. Chapter 9 Doing Business with Mauritians
    1. Opportunites
    2. Setting Up
    3. Business Meetings
    4. Women in Business
    5. Business Ethic
    6. The Work Ethic
    7. Labour Unions
  18. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
    1. Writing Numbers
    2. Famous People
    3. Acronyms
    4. Helpful Hints from A to Z
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index