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
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
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
“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
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.