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Noted Chiang Mai resident Mo Tejani passes away


A characteristic photo of Mo Tejani,
a man who lived life to the fullest.

Mohezin Tejani was a regular and unmistakable fixture on the Chiang Mai social scene, with his infectious laugh and larger than life personality Mo was one of those people who made an impression on every person he met.
Living the life of, as he termed it, a global nomad, Mo has literally travelled the globe; working in refugee camps in Asia, educating native tribes in Canada, training rural farmers in Central America, ]and coordinating poverty-reduction projects in Africa.
Born in Tanzania to Indian parents, he grew up in Uganda but was expelled at the age of 21 in 1972 during Idi Amin’s reign along with 80,000 other fellow Asians. He first moved to England and then to America during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Mo spent the next forty years on the road, picking up eight languages in the process and producing three books, including his book “A Chameleon’s Tale: True Stories of a Global Refugee” which was a 2007 PEN Book Award Finalist. Mo’s books have chronicled his experiences and his extraordinary life.
He was the author of short stories, travel essays, poetry, and the books “Global Crossroads; Memoir of a Travel Junkie” , “Thank You Idi Amin: A Memoir of the Asian Exodus” (Global Vision Press, 2010) and A Chameleon’s Tale: True Stories of a Global Refugee (a three part series) (Paiboon Publishing, 2006)
He passed away on New Year’s Day, 2013 of a sudden heart attack and is survived by his loving partner in travels Lisa, son Zubin, family and many friends.
“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
You, Mo, laughed, lived, wrote, loved, shared your exuberance, compassion and kindness with so many of us. Your light remains. Rest in peace, Mo.

Akha Ama Coffee takes top Northern Barista

Janjira “Jenny” Yokruji gets ready to do her barista magic at the Indy Barista championships on January 6, 2013.

By Shana Kongmun
Janjira “Jenny” Yokruji, the lovely and talented barista with Akha Ama Coffee stole the show at the Indy Barista Championship held over two days at Central Airport Plaza on January 5, 6, 2013. Jenny faced off competition from quite a few baristas but her performance and connection to the audience as well as her obvious love of coffee won her first place. Not only that, but she also won signature drink, the quality and uniqueness of which was evidenced by the judges approving nods.
Jenny now moves on to the Indy Barista semi-finals to be held in Chonburi and, from there she could face baristas nationwide in the finals in Bangkok later this year. The winner of the Indy Barista challenge will travel to Melbourne and the World Barista Championship in May.
Akha Ama coffee is the brainchild of Lee, who brought Jenny onboard from the village to help run the coffee shop. Akha Ama coffee sells the locally grown and roasted beans from their village, enabling villagers to reap the profits of their own labor without going through middlemen. Be sure and visit their coffee shop in Santitham, on Hussadhiswawee Road, Soi 3.

Jenny prepares the beans for her signature drink which won her the Best Signature Drink prize and 3,000 Baht. She won 10,000 Baht for her first place win as Best Northern Barista and will travel to Chonburi for the semi-finals.

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Noted Chiang Mai resident Mo Tejani passes away

Akha Ama Coffee takes top Northern Barista