After coming up from the deep where I had frolicked for an hour or two, I headed back to the Scuba Doo dive club. Louis and I got involved in a conversation about the caste system in India. “You see Anuj, you guys have a rigid caste system - the whole Brahman, the Kshatriya, Vaishya and the Chamar scene. My friend had a butler once who was thrown out by his family for marrying out of caste.” he said with amazement. ‘Surreal’ I thought being told about the caste system in India and all its attributes by a South African white man! But I knew where he was coming from and confirmed his feelings “I know I also married within my community because of family pressure and that marriage did not last long. She ran away with her lover and we got divorced. I am a Brahman and I was in love with a girl from Calcutta in the East of India who was not and well, my family was against it.”
“Here also in Mauritius, we have 52% Hindus, 24% Muslims and then the rest but the country has always been ruled by a man from the Vaishya community amongst the Hindus and that has been going on for ages.” The political overview of Mauritius from Louis made me hungry and I ventured out in search of food with Kaviraj - my new found guide, philosopher and friend.