Alain Bertrand’s Top-10 Women of the Year 2013


MY TOP 10 WOMEN of  2013

While the curtains fall on 2013, I wish to reiterate my pleasure to list 10 women who have marked my spirits, here in Mauritius. This year, they are 11 to occupy 10 seats. Late, last weeks of 2013’s events have modified what I would have called an ordinary “cru”… an ordinary year. Globally, we mostly watched the awakening of Mauritian women being confirmed. There are healthy signs of them taking the lead with words, interviews and in one case, with silence. From my point of View, Mauritian Women will be decisive in 2014. Their role, in the coming year that could see snap elections being organized during late first semester, will be determinant.

Two foreigners stand in this year’s list. They could both have won the first place.

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En Marge d’une Fête du Travail 2013 sans Travaillistes…


Réflexion sur la Fête du Travail à l’Île Maurice, en 2013

Photo Credit : lexpress.mu

Un Labour Day sans le Labour Party, ça va faire bizarre, non ?

La fête du Travail sans les Travaillistes, c’est comme une omelette sans œufs, non ? C’est comme un rhinocéros sans cornes !

Bizarre oui, mais prévisible définitivement ! L’impopularité du gouvernement à majorité travailliste, justement, fait que l’impossible défaite aux prochaines élections (anticipées ou pas) prédite du Lion, se pose aujourd’hui, en réalité très peu probable.

Ne serait-ce pas là, un Act of God ou plutôt les Acts of God du 30 mars dernier, qui viendraient ainsi sceller le sort d’un parti Travailliste mauricien en pleine débâcle ? Bachoo l’expert aurait pu y répondre, non ?! Continue reading

Reflecting on Another Mauritius


My Mauritius is definitely not theirs!

Handicapped Children in cultural activities in a APEIM managed centre Mauritius

Handicapped Children in cultural activities in a APEIM-managed centre

I read sometime last week that 250 mentally handicapped young Mauritians will be denied free education as from January 2014.

I wake up almost every morning, since then, with that DAMNING thought banging in my head! In fact, I can’t sleep well…

250 most vulnerable of our citizens will be out of the Educational circuit, because the Government of Mauritius would only afford MUR 19,000 of the MUR 50,000 needed per handicapped child. L’APEIM is closing its 9 centres and their decision, presumably, will not be reconsidered.  Continue reading

Fairwell my 2011 Facebook Year… Welcome 2012


My 2011 Facebook year was a bright one…

Thanks to Mauritian Facebookers for making my year !

We have been almost 300,000 Mauritians to connect regularly as Facebookers. With enhanced Social Media Growth (+7.44%) and penetration (+23.09%), we are top of the hill, 2nd in Africa behind Tunisia. In fact, we stand proudly in the global streamline at a reasonable 97th position on 213, regarding population penetration.

First, my 2011 Social Media Awards

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En route for a White Christmas…


Ever danced on a White Christmas?

And Yes! Less than 50 days before Christmas.

While some are getting ready for their white one, we the People of Mauritius are still wondering how ours will be: Black, Red, Blue, Mauve…
One thing is sure, it’s gonna be another bitter one, politically speaking.

Dark, Filthy… and Yet…

If I ever wanted to see dark filthy political machinations in Mauritius, this last week made my very day, with obvious questions wiggling in my little head.
How can one mauritian digest such jingle jots from these MPs who think non-else than to stick to some sort of scientific communal gamble and to the power stations attached therewith? Continue reading

Managing a +21K members Facebook wall (pt 3)


Virtual WarfareDESTROY THE COMMUNITY MANAGER AND YOU DESTROY THE CAUSE!

Associated to a Cause, Community Management is a useful Weapon of Massive Awareness. It acts as a strategic ally in building, consolidating awareness around the foundations, values or the overall image of the Movement. Dynamic Community Management is a powerful catalyst and accelerator for the development of new objectives, events or achievements and can be the basis of the Movement’s success in the real world. WANTED’s September 10’s Port Louis successful Protest March is the perfect example! Fighting the basics of the cause becomes, then, futile! Continue reading

AZIR MORIS’ Caravan of Truth – 2nd outing


Assessing a Social Disaster in Vallee Pitot, Mauritius

The second edition of the Caravan of Truth took place on Sunday, 02nd of October 2011. It just unveiled another appalling piece of Modern Mauritius where in Vallee Pitot, We witnessed the slow slaughtering of our youth. Continue reading