Mauritius: Day Eleven

Sunday 26th July:

Another Sunday and another time to relax and go see the family.

On this day it rained like no other day, it rained non-stop but I felt so happy being a pluviophile (someone who loves rain).

I woke up quite anxious because I was meeting family I didn’t really know, I love them dearly but I just struggle to come out of my shyness.


We spent time inside the house catching up and enjoying the beautiful moments. I asked if I could be excused to take a walk outside and they accepted. I saw the fog and immediately grabbed my camera (Rolleicord V) as it was the only camera I was equipped with is on this outing.

I put a roll of Portra 400…just before leaving I realised that it was time for salah at the local masjid. I asked my auntie where the local mosque was (she gave me directions). I made my way to the mosque admiring the landscape of the jungle and the fog, as I approached the entrance I noticed that the time for congregational prayer was 12:45 and it was 13:05.

I went back disappointed and prayed in the house.

I took a few pictures that I knew were going to be nice.

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Food was being prepared and I just couldn’t wait to go out so I left again and took a walk through the village that boasted the typical beautiful African red soil. Well they didn’t name this area of the island for nothing “Terre Rouge” (Red Soil in English).

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The rain was just so beautiful and soft. I am a pluviophile and I felt so alive in that rain.

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Satisfied with my adventure I decided to head back to the house after my mum had called me to tell me that food was ready.

We enjoyed incredible food. I had rougaille crevette with rice and dhall.

We finished the meal and we went to visit quickly other family in the area for a few minutes then went back home.

The night came very quickly after we arrived back at the campement. I can still taste the prawn in my mouth three months after coming back. It was that good.

It was truly different to just shoot 6×6 on this day. I was going through in my head what I had done earlier on. All this whilst sharing a beautiful moment with my mum drinking green tea and watching the rain fall as the sun was setting. It reminded me of when I was a kid. A memory I will not forget.

Author: Nadeem Karim

| London / Paris Photographer - Mu'min |

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