Christmas Interview – Pooben Narayanen

Today, my guest is Pooben Narayanen. He has some very exciting news. His first book is published on amazon outlets. Since Pooben lives on Mauritius, he knows a lot about the island and has been able to use this exotic place for the setting of his book. You’ll soon be hearing more about Pooben and his first published book. 

Welcome, Pooben.

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Christmas Interview

1. Do you celebrate Christmas?

We celebrate the festive side of Christmas, especially for the kids, with the Christmas tree, Santa Claus and gifts.

 2. Have you ever spent Christmas alone?

I spent Christmas Eve alone once. It wasn’t so bad. I was in bed early because I had to work the next day. After work I got to hang out with my friends which was nice.

 3. Have you ever had a non-traditional Christmas dinner? What did you have?

I suppose it depends on where I am. In Mauritius, we might have a BBQ. Lamb, shrimp, chicken and fish, with salad and baguettes. Back in Canada it would be a roast.

 4. What are your thoughts on gift giving?

I think it’s okay for children. But for adults? The whole thing has become so commercial now that it feels as if it’s only about money. 

5. What was the most fun activity you’ve done at Christmas?

Going to the beach. 

6. Do you have stockings either at Christmas, or on St. Nicholas Day?


7. What was the best gift you ever received at Christmas?

I would have to say my first bicycle! 

8. What is a gift you’d rather not receive? 


9. What was the best homemade gift you ever received?

Never received one. 

10. Have you ever given a homemade gift? Tell about it.


11. What would you change about Christmas?

Maybe make it less commercial. Is that even possible? 

12. What would you keep the same if you could?

If I could enjoy it like when I was a kid, I wouldn’t change a thing.

13. What is your favourite Christmas music or song?

The Nutcracker.

14. What do you like best about Christmas?

It’s another excuse to eat! 

15. Any additional thoughts about Christmas?

Merry Christmas to all!


6 thoughts on “Christmas Interview – Pooben Narayanen

  1. The one thing that amazes me about Christmas in Mauritius is how much money people spend. I guess it is the case in most countries with high levels of consumer consumption. But here it can be mind-boggling because you have the malls, then mom & pop shops and then street vendors and they all seem to be selling stuff. Whether it is cheap toys or designer labels. I think last year they ran out of iPads and Samsung Galax(ies). And they ran out of the generic tablets also which are sold in the mom&pop stores. I am curious to see how it goes this year. I will try to get some pics for your blog Anneli. Just to give you an idea…


    • I think more and more people feel that way. We haven’t done gifts at Christmas for about five years. For our family’s sake we do stocking gifts so it has to be something small. But it sure takes the stress out of Christmas and it takes us back to the real reasons to be celebrating this holiday.


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