About The Author
Mohezin Tejani developed a passion for books and travels during his early life in Africa. Born in Tanzania to Indian parents, he grew up in Uganda where he spent his childhood and late teenage years. Then in 1972, at the age of twenty-one, along with 80,000 other fellow Asians he was expelled during Idi Amin’s reign of terror, and first fled to England and then to America of the late sixties and early seventies. He spent the next four decades on the road as a political refugee and humanitarian aid worker. Fluent in eight languages, he has worked in refugee camps in Asia, trained rural farmers in Central America, educated First Nation tribes in Canada, and coordinated poverty-reduction projects in Africa.
In the first of his three-volume travel memoirs, A Chameleon’s Tale: True Stories of a Global Refugee (2007 PEN Book Award Finalist, New York), Tejani takes the reader with him on his globetrotting travels. Kate Webb from API calls him a “cross-cultural Kerouac,” and others have likened Tejani’s writings to Karen Connolly and Paul Theroux. Travel writer Tim Cahill says reading Mo’s stories “is like eating popcorn: you can’t stop devouring them.” Three of the stories in his second volume Global Crossroads: Memoirs of a Travel Junkie have won prestigious awards in the US.
- Thank You, Idi Amin: A Memoir of the Asian Exodus
- "Fruits of Childhood"
- "Childhood Games"
- Golden Girls of Isaan, Thailand
- Stalking V.S. Naipaul
- Complete Publications list ...
- TEDx DoiSuthep
- Singapore Writers Festival, 2012
- Ubud Readers & Writers Festival, 2009, 2011
- Byron Bay Writers Festival, 2010
- Melbourne Writers Festival, 2010
Tejani is a veteran of Writers Festivals on the Asia circuit, including Bali, Singapore, Bryon Bay, and Melbourne, as well as book tours in Australia and Thailand. His radio and print interviews in Australia with ABC and Victoria Writers magazine were distributed nationwide, and his videotaped panel sessions can be found on ABC 2 Big Ideas website. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is working on the third volume of his memoir trilogy.