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Mauritius is not yet ready for Q&A web sites

If you are wondering what exactly a Q&A (Questions & Answers) website is, it's a website where users ask questions and other users answer. The most popular Q&A website is without doubt Yahoo! Answers, which, as far as I am concerned, is the only Yahoo! product we should all still be bothering about. You can find out more about Q&A websites on Wikipedia.

Since I'm bothering to write about Q&A websites on this awesome Mauritius blog, it is to express my concerns that Mauritius is not yet ready for such websites. While Q&A websites are plentiful on the Internet and range from general websites to more specific topics (some of which are downright dodgy but I will refrain from linking to these), there are actually only 2 Mauritius-related Questions & Answers websites.

The first Q&A website about Mauritius is Answers.mu (note: as pointed out in the comments section, Answers.mu actually came well after Clever Dodo -- by "first Q&A website about…

The public transport system and quality of buses in Mauritius

The transport system in Mauritius and the state of its buses are important topics because many Mauritians still rely almost exclusively on public means of transportation. With the huge tax imposed on vehicles, a huge portion of the population in Mauritius is still finding it tough to purchase a car, even with the advantages of leasing. Moreover, even car owners will often use public transport means during weekdays to go to work either because of a lack of parking space or because of the huge traffic congestion, especially if they work in Port Louis (rumors have it that the traffic problem will be "eliminated" by moving it to Ebène instead).


$10 says the blue bus will win.

The bus transport system in Mauritius is comprised of four main companies regulated by the National Transport Authority along with numerous individual operators. These four easily recognizable companies are:

Rose Hill Transport
National Transport Corporation (mostly known as CNT)United Bus Service (commonly kno…

Another Mauritius news and online newspapers roundup

The first post on this blog was a list of the newspapers in Mauritius along with a little resume of each newspaper's popularity and website. If you've already read it (highly recommended if you have not done so), you will have noticed that it was posted in May 2011. Obviously, there have been some changes in the Mauritius news landscape since and this was then pointed out in the comments section.

This is consequently my second roundup of the Mauritius newspaper websites currently available. Since the original post is already quite detailed, I am only going over noticeable changes on these news websites and additional notes I may have missed the first time. The biggest change that has since occurred is a revamp of the Le Mauricien website, which is a huge improvement over the previous horrible website.


He got good news!
Le MauricienThe old Le Mauricien website was by far one of the worst Mauritius newspaper websites (which you can find here) when the first post was published. Howe…

The main book stores in Mauritius

The relationship between books and Mauritius is a dying one. Bookstore owners keep complaining that Mauritians are not into reading and that sales are steadily declining. Of course, with competition from the Phoenix beer, horse racing, and the lotto, it is clear that it is somewhat difficult for books to compete with these important foundations of the Mauritian culture.

Note that I am talking about novel and casual reading - educational books obviously do not have this problem, proven by the fact that a primary school student's bag is often 5 times heavier than his own weight. I could also start rambling about the fact that the book stores in Mauritius are sometimes spectacularly ill-equipped and that the staff are often unable to help a prospective customer.

For example, around three months ago, I went around the main bookstores in Mauritius to purchase the legendary Heart of Darkness novel by the equally legendary Joseph Conrad, a literary classic and a must-read book for anybody …