The set of instructions for windows pretty much worked except for a few changes again. Have archived those pointers for reference.
1) There are no perl addons as such available with Xampp for mac os x. But, the xampp installation itself has perl with some basic modules packaged in it.
2) Also, the developer package for xampp also had to be download for building some of the required perl modules (download location - http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-macosx.html#849)
3) The mysql installation included in xampp is configured to expect the include files at
4) The DBD::mysql perl module has to be installed on the perl installation used by Movable Type.. Movable Type on my machine was using the base perl installation from my Mac (at /usr/bin/perl) as against the perl installation on xampp (this can be confirmed from the data that is dumped at http://localhost/cgi-bin/mt-check.cgi
Confirm the perl installation you are installing the modules to is the same as the one used by Movable type. Here are the steps to install the mysql perl module.
> perl -MCPAN -e shell
Choose 'yes' for automatic CPAN configuration if this is the first time. Automatic configuration worked fine for me.
Now in the CPAN shell, type
> install Bundle::DBD::mysql
That downloads and installs the correct versions of the perl module and its dependencies from the internet.
Once that is done, just ensure that the DBD::mysql module shows up as installed at http://localhost/cgi-bin/mt-check.cgi If yes, then proceed with the Movable type installation.