You must have read about the famous quote from Mark Twain:
“Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.”
Mauritius is a tiny island in the midst of the Indian Ocean. One thing that you might be unaware of, is that we have few islands surrounding us with endemic plants and animals. This talk is for another time.
Pieter Both (PB) was a milkman from the village of Crève Coeur, a place in the north of Mauritius. In those times, milk was still being delivered by hand in a special tin container. Pieter Both was among the few who had the will and energy to walk tens of kilometers everyday to deliver milk to the surrounding villages. There was no appropriate road infrastructure and the region was mountainous. It is one thing that the island being isolated, we neither have snakes nor any poisonous creatures.
During one of his delivery services, Pieter Both decided to take a shortcut through the mountains. He miscalculated the distance, felt tired and wanted to rest. The legend goes as follows that he fell asleep. The area he chose to rest was around a small heavenly-like lake and luscious forest fit only for supernatural creatures.
to be continued..