(Some months ago I received the following words from a friend in MRU:)
.....your house smells like rougaille, briyani or carri poule.
When you tell your parents you got 98% marks in an exam, and they ask you what happened to the other two percent.
When your parents insist that as you understand Creole, you should get an A in GCSE French
You make the Bois Cheri, NOT PG tips
Your parents never buy bin bags, but use your saved grocery bags for it.
You turn up at terminal 3 at Air Mauritius check-in with everything but the kitchen sink
Your mother has a minor disagreement with her sister and doesn't talk to her for ten years.
You call an older person you've never met before "tonton"and then have to kiss him and his wife, "tantine"(coz she remembered you when you were this high)
You hide everything from your parents including the bottles of Green Island and bottles of Phoenix
You do all the housework and cooking if you are female and your Mum insists on singing your praises once you've graduated so she can marry you off or, worse still, puts your graddie pic in the newspapers
Your relatives alone could populate a small city. And we're not just talking Rose Hill
Everyone is a family friend.
You study medicine or engineering at university
But your parents came over in the 1960s to either do:
a) psychiatric nursing and then go on to own a nursing home
c) work for British Airways
d) work for London Underground
You were not that intelligent so you studied computer science or business instead. (hey!)
You went to a university as far away from home as possible and felt dead proud when you cooked rougaille for the first time
But you still came back home to live with your parents after you had finished.
You like the meat in your ladobe well done
You use chilli sauce (mazavarou) instead of tomato ketchup.
You say you hate Indian films(/songs) coz you're Mauritian but secretly watch(/hear) them with your parents.
On an application form, you state your ethnic origin as No. 39 "other"and put down Mauritian
You avoid public places when with a member of the opposite sex in case "tantine"sees you and tells your folks.
You're walking out of Customs with your trolley at the Sir Seewoogsagur Ramgoolam Airport and you see all possible members of your family who have come to pick you up AND because the guys at Customs are "famille" they let you through anyway with all your excess luggage as long as you slip them a bottle of Teachers
You get very upset when Air Mauritius refuses to accept your luggage which is just 80lbs overweight and so decide to bribe Vel with a pressie.
You go back to Mauritius and people treat you like a member of the royal family by stuffing your face with gateaux piments, dalpuri (from Dewa & Sons), Eski and gateaux Napolitan
You ask your dad a simple question and he tells you a story of how he had to walk miles just to get to school.
You are ALWAYS taking off and putting on your shoes wherever you go in order to not put dirt over tantine and tonton's new carpet.
Your parents push the concept of an arranged marriage on you and try to demonstrate how well it works whenever they're not fighting.
Your parents compare you to all of their friends' kids AND they are always doing better than you ("garcon la enna enn top job").
No one ever seems to call ahead of time to say they are coming over for a visit.
Your parents drive a car with a big red ribbon on the mirror to "tire moffin"
Your parents worry what other people will think if you're not going to be a doctor or engineer.
If you're good-looking, you are classed as "bien" or "Jolie", if you're dark you are either one of the following:
b) un peu brune
or the best:
"li ena un peu couleur MAIS le coeur la propre et claire"