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The American who eats all Indian

That his surname sounds like ‘gulabo’ is not the only connection Chris Guillebeau has with our beautiful country. The American entrepreneur- author, who has travelled almost every country in the world — many free of cost and others on an unbelievable

art and culture Updated: Dec 20, 2012 01:51 IST
Soumya Mukerji

That his surname sounds like ‘gulabo’ is not the only connection Chris Guillebeau has with our beautiful country. The American entrepreneur- author, who has travelled almost every country in the world — many free of cost and others on an unbelievable budget — and inspired young people with his book The $100 Startup, mostly cooks dal makhani, shahi paneer and naan at home.

“My connection with India started a long long time ago, and ever since, my wife Jolie and I have made many trips here. India inspires me with all its ideas that stem from a meeting of tradition with the contemporary,” says the 34-year-old, who was in the city for his book while his wife explored the lanes of Connaught Place.

His startup book, that’s making many a young mind trade their cubicle for unexpected and more meaningful living, cites examples of many small but sparked up businesses that went from garage to global. Indian examples too, but he thinks the search-soul-and-set-up-something-of-our-own revolution is not about country at all. “It is not about geography or background or money. It is about ideals, creativity and passion,” he says.