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Amod Chopra

Amod spent the first 16 years of his life in India. He remembers telling his father around the age of 12 that he wanted to be a reporter. He was told to go find a profession that pays. So he did. After a stint in the Silicon Valley, before it was cool to be Indian there, he took over the family’s Chaat business. Naturally he is a big proponent of ethnic, earthy and unpretentious cuisine. He is also a passionate traveller.

Apr 1, 2012

Travel Tales: Full moon rising over Yangon

As Myanmar heads into polls, the closed country is opening up more to tourists as well. In 2012, the annual Shwedagon Pagoda festival was celebrated for the first time since 1988 when the junta banned it. Here's what it felt like. #Buddhist pilgrimage #Shwedagon Pagoda #WanderLust #Yangon

Dec 29, 2011

Cheetahs, elephants and warthogs: Tales from a safari

Ever fantasised about going on an African safari? Here’s a diary from the Serengeti. #AfricanSafari #Hospitality/Recreation #NotJobsButPassion #Serengeti #The Wild

Nov 16, 2011

Bullfighting — all bull, not much of a fight

From 1 January 2012, bullfighting will be banned in Catalonia, the first in mainland Spain. Amod Chopra remembers his bullfighting experience and says perhaps a ban isn't such a bad idea after all. #bull fight #Catalonia #Ernest Hemingway #NotJobsButPassion #WanderingI

Oct 20, 2011

Notes from a Babymoon aka a leave-baby-at-home vacation

Blogger Amod Chopra writes a letter to his little one upon taking a "babymoon", that means baby stays with grandma while mom and dad get to spend some quality time; except the thing is you never really leave baby behind. #Babymoon #Buenos Aires #NotJobsButPassion #Patagonia #WanderingI

Sep 23, 2011

Mumbai meri jaan: This is home, this was home

An NRI wants to kiss the ground of his old janam bhoomi. But can you really ever go home again especially with a 21-month old baby, diaper bag and other paraphernalia in tow? #BEST buses #Globaltribal #Mumbai #NotJobsButPassion #NRI

Sep 3, 2011

Going to Goa with an elephant on my back

An NRI heads to Goa and finds himself stuck between scary tattooed Russian mobsters and obnoxious NRI families in the pool of the five star hotel. #Bali #Feni #Goa #Hippie #Morjim #NotJobsButPassion #shacks #WanderingI

Jul 11, 2011

Curry Bashing blues

The drop in Indian students in Australia, a loss of about 70 million AUD, has caught the government's attention. And it is moving pretty fast to provide security for its little cash cows. #Australia #Curry Bashing #NotJobsButPassion #Planking #Sydney #ToWhatEffect

Jun 30, 2011

Roti Murtabak to Ricotta Cheesecake – that’s Australian for food

A country's policy towards immigrants might be controversial. But immigrants also add diversity and richness to any local cuisine. And Australia offers, excellent Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Malaysian food. #Australia #NotJobsButPassion #South Asian cuisine #WanderingI

Jun 15, 2011

Shoe shopping in Florence and other Italian delights

Florence in Italy is fabled as the cradle of the Renaissance. But there is more fun to be had in the city as well from fabulous shoe shopping to truffle sandwiches. #Florence #Michelangelo #NotJobsButPassion #WanderingI