Tabagi Bambous

Mauritian in Mahébourg

Dark and dimly lit, tabagis (convenience stores) line the streets of every town in Mauritius. If you've yet to visit one, the unusually popular Bambous is the perfect place to lose your tabagi virginity. Proprietor Amrita dishes out her signature rotis while Bollywood heroines clink their bejewelled costumes on the TV screen.

Amrita herself is quite the anomaly – it's very rare for a woman to run her own business in the less developed parts of the country.