Other people's art and other people's craft, as seen in/on Mauritius...although this could be from somewhere else. Mysteries make life interesting...or not?
I tend to believe that over-sized body parts, often surgically enhanced, were a thing of our modern, hedonistic age. Television, artificial celebrity, social media fads, etc. have produced grotesque facsimiles of humans, who seem to think that they are beautiful people. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the person willing to pay for something they don’t have and believe to be attractive. When I was younger, the only aspect of the human body I recall hearing about being modified was the nose of young women with wealthy fathers.
I was wrong (happens often!), as evidenced by figures I discovered in a garden in/on Mauritius. They were imported from Asia/India/Indonesia. Someone must have liked what they saw or imagined something that they did not see but wanted to have to have crafted such figures. Fat lips are not a thing of the collagen era, but a someone’s beauty ideal of the past.
After leaving Mauritius, I traveled to Dubai. In the mall, I spotted several women (most assumed to be of Russian origin), whose lips looked as though they had been modelled after the statues. I am sure that they were inspired by something seen in western magazines or television programs.
Other people's art; other people's craft: spotted on a wall in/on Mauritius...
Someone with a twisted imagination might see this as the artwork for an advertisement or brochure of a children's summer camp that offers horseback riding, tennis, swimming, and making things with gimp.
Keen followers of this wonderful blog might have noticed that I recently spent some time at a hotel in/on Mauritius. This property belongs to an Indian hotel chain. I had heard good things about this chain and was not disappointed. You would not be wrong in choosing Oberoi, although the locations are mostly not the kind of place I want to visit. ie. India and Africa. To date, only the hotels in/on Mauritius and in Dubai come in questions. I have tried both and both are excellent. I have not had better food in any hotel in the world, with the possible exception of the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, where restaurants are considerably more expensive.
The decoration of the hotel in/on Mauritius was a mix of local and Indian/Hindu/Buddhist. This is not the kind of decor that one would find North America or Europe. Hotel chains worry too much about being sued or submitted to demonstrations and boycotts. Negative press is something all try to avoid.
To date, no women's group has noticed or complained about the portrayal of women as servants, as seen in the figures decorating the pool showers. Imagine this at a pool in Florida...
With a bit of imagination, one can see this scene as metaphor for old meeting new: modern technology side-by-side with superstition.
The garden of a hotel in/on Mauritius is guarded by the latest video surveillance equipment, while ancient figures watch over the spirits...or the spirits watch over the garden and anyone passing by. Who knows...
This is about fish (as the title might suggest)...
I have heard that people travel to Mauritius to snorkel and scuba dive because to the abundant sea life. I spotted one decent size fish (it looks better in profile, but the bloody thing turned!) and one school of minnows during my 9 day stay. In the Maldives, fish were abundant every time I peered into the water and more-abundant each time I stuck my face in the water wearing a diving mask.
That said, I enjoyed the best tuna of my life caught in the water off Mauritius. That says a lot, because I have eaten very expensive tuna in Japan and in top Japanese restaurants. Those folks are supposed to know a thing or two about tuna. I hope that they do not discover Mauritius.
Anyway, I spoke with a local man fishing off the beach of the hotel (all beaches are open to the public in Mauritius). I commented on my lack of sightings and asked about his luck. He had had none that day. He explained that fishing had declined and the reefs been shrinking for years. This man has first-hand knowledge of the effects of climate change that US politicians deny. Guess who’s smarter: the one trying to feed his family or the ones bought off by lobbyist?
Mauritius has a very nice airport, which has been only ten months in operation. Being uncrowded, due to the small number of daily flights, the atmosphere is uncrowded and pleasant. Long lines do not greet departing passengers upon entering the door.
The most-interesting aspect is the world’s largest toilet sign.
Another day, another ship. Although, yesterday, was a slow day for ship off Port Louis.
The oil tanker seems to have unloaded part of its load, because it’s riding high in the water. I watched a life boat being dropped, manoeuvred to a set of steps running down the ship’s side (I’m sure there’s an appropriate nautical term for side), and then depart in the direction of the port. Some lucky sailors must be having a chance to sample the pleasures of land. The tender has returned and is tied to the side of the ship.
This second ship appeared, and I have no idea about its function. The towers in the middle give a clue, but it’s indecipherable. Another of life's mysteries...
There is a book title, I believe, called The Old Man and the Sea. Well, I spotted the lone man and the sea.
This provides a contrast to the large ships plying the waters off Port Louis.
For anyone that cares…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.