‘Dodor Dex Mauritius’ or ‘Dodo’s Land Mauritius’ by Reena Devi (2010); is a mirror image of Mauritian life, culture and people. It has got an insight into the social, political and historical condition of Mauritius. As the author picks up to visit Mauritius, she decides to compact her splendid experiences into a book. She accumulates every minute detail about her journey and illustrates her experiences in simple and conversational manner. With gracious use of wit and humour, the book offers a narrative technique that appeals the reader with all refreshment and smile.
The book has been very systematically synchronised and every inch of it is written with the view to offer the reader with some information about Mauritius, yet is not didactic. The author gives precise detailing about the way people in Mauritius behave, their point of views, the cleanliness, the decency, the religious harmony and the social bonding. With excellent narrative technique the author elaborates the experiences that she collected in the wonderful land of Mauritius, experiences with the Indian Ocean, Submarine trip, feeling peacocks, lions, turtles upfront and above all the realisation of Nature so close and pristine.
As Reena Devi visits every corner of Mauritius, she cannot stop herself from thinking about all those things that makes Mauritius, what it is today. She makes the reader realise the colonial experiences of that were led over the people who were brought from India and were turned slaves. Their pathetic conditions, sufferance and instances of mass suicides were so well narrated that the reader can really visualise the incidence in just a blink of the eyes. Influences of the French culture are so clear in the status of Mauritius that the reader literally learns a lot about the language from the book. As the author narrates about the Dodo, the national bird of Mauritius, she also adds the role of the Dutch in the extinction of this wonderful pretty bird from the world. The expression ‘Dodo is Dead’, really touches the reader deep and the heart feels the pain for Dodo that was killed just for being guileless.
The best thing about this narrative piece is its comprehensiveness and flights of romantic imageries. There is a trend of come-and-go to the past and present and that makes the approach so very vivid. The photographs at the end of the book add an extra edge to the romanticism of the book. The book has been divided into ten chapters. These are entitled as Jatra (The Journey), Mauritius Bhramanor Araambhani (Beginning of the Tour to Mauritius), Mahasagoror Bukut Urmimala (Splendorous Experiences with the Ocean), Port Louise aru Taar Aaaxe Paaxe (Port Louise and Areas Around it), Dolphin Bisari Khalu Habathuri (In Search of Dolphins), Casela Nature Parkot Singhor Xote (With Lions at Casela Nature Park), Durlov Abhigyota (Rare Experience), Mauritiusor Shiksha Byowostha (Education System of Mauritius), Samu Itihaash, Mauritiusor (Brief History of Mauritius) and Biday Mauritius (Goodbye Mauritius). All through the book, the reader feels the experiences shared by Reena Devi and as the book ends, saying ‘Adieu’ gets difficult.
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