Hello world, I am back! 😀 Yes indeed, I have been laptop deprived for almost a month, but now my dear old Sony Vaio is back and feels like new, and it feels so good to have my window to the world restored back to perfect health! You only realise how much time you spend in front of your computer screen when you can no longer do it! Yes I have to thank my sister who has generously granted me a few minutes on her Dell to check my facebook from time to time, and I have managed to fill up some of the time with good old TV. I have been amazed once more at how my 17 year old Sanyo TV set still works and marvelled at the uselessness of most of the channels on Mauritius MyT, or how they got several utterly boring Indian channels for free and gloriously added it to the “Bouquet MyT”. I did enjoy YogaCity on NDTV Good Times and a nice movie with young Brad Pitt with long blond hair on TCM last night though. And I put some of the spare time I had in testing my cooking skills (Yesterday I made a smoked salmon quiche which miraculously earned myself a 7/10 on my sister’s scale of appreciation) and I courageously continued on my mission to educate the youth in my backyard to watching some good movies. Actually, considering that I did not have a laptop, I needed my cousin’s DVD player to watch some DVDs and at the same time thought that the youngsters could do with some award winning inspirational movies to add to their repertoire of Bollywood, Fast and Furious, Hanna Montana, and some more Bollywood. Verdict: I at least managed to convert one of the four little brats to intelligent animated movies and I for one enjoyed How to Train your Dragon, even if it was dubbed in French.
So what else happened in April? We went to see My week with Marilyn, Michelle Williams was brilliant, I already thought she was pretty great in Blue Valentine, but this time, for someone who does not know much about Marilyn Monroe except that she was an iconic blonde diva in an age when I was not yet born, she really made Marilyn re-live for me. Just watching that movie, I could capture at least some of the essence of the icon, the sultriness, the innocence, the pretty blondeness charm that made generations succumb. There is no one in the current generation of stars who can come close to that kind of charm. It was to say the very least, magic.
And then today the French go to vote, and all the polls say that Sarkozy is going to lose. Only time will tell us what a Hollande Republique will bring to the world. I have to say that I will personally miss Mr Sarkozy, who had solid charisma, and who has been trying so hard to be one of the rocks behind the Euro.
No comments on May 1st in Mauritius, just the same faces bickering at each other, not real sustainable solutions, just the same music.
This week is going to be decisive for Mauritius Offshore Industry. At long last the Minister of Finance, according to the newspaper article I read today, seems to be waking up to the threat and how India keeps using Mauritius as a scapegoat for all of its fiscal problems. This is a sticky situation because everything relating to a country’s taxes is highly political. If the Indian government continues to ignore the billions of rupees of taxes it loses due to the DTAA with Mauritius, it will lose popularity and hence votes from the general Indian population. No government in its right mind will ever take a decision favouring capitalists over the general population. So I think GAAR will prevail, investors who used to invest into India through Mauritius will chose Singapore as conduit in the short term, and the bigger investors who can afford to do so will try to build greater substance in Mauritius by opening offices and actually employing staff. The way of doing business in Offshore in Mauritius will definitely have to change. It is a time for change in the Industry, Mauritius Offshore has to become Mauritius Expert Professional Services instead of mere double taxation exploiters.
And winter has definitely come in Mauritius. My university hoodie is out, I have already had my first change of season cold, the winter rains are here, days are getting shorter, and it’s becoming harder to wake up in the mornings. And it will certainly be hard to drag myself out of bed to face another week of deadlines at work tomorrow. But hey, two more weeks before my birthday week! 😀 :O