The traditional saying of “age is just a number!” started making complete sense for Amit “Sunny” Jindal when he moved to Australia and gave wings to his passion. Hailing his roots from Chandigarh, Jindal moved to Australia in 2005 and ever since then, there has been no turning back. He lives in Australia with his wife Tanu Jindal and son Quinn Jindal.
Why and when did you leave Chandigarh?
I left Chandigarh and moved to Australia in 2005. I had finished university and was looking for opportunities to broaden my skills and the global outlook, so I decided to move overseas. It was a bold step for me as I was just 20 years old and had no exposure to the western culture. However, I was determined to start a new chapter of my life. My family was very supportive of my move as they also wanted me to explore the world and succeed in life. Here I am, 15 years later, fulfilling my dreams and looking for further opportunities. I am thankful to God for guiding me through and also to my family & friends who have been part of this turbulent journey.
What is the best thing that you like here which is not there in Chandigarh?
Honestly speaking, I love the Australian way of living – the lifestyle here is very chillaxed. You can attend a meeting, conference or even a wedding in just shorts and thongs. Isn’t this a relaxed culture! No one cares what you do or interfere in your personal life. Additionally, I once heard a saying that “Age is just a number”, well I can say now that it is true especially if you are living in Australia as talent and skills are valued more than the age of a person, which is something I believe is still missing back home.
What is the one thing that you miss here which was there in Chandigarh and is not here?
Hands down it’s the Punjabi tadka in food. Sometimes I wish I was living in India and enjoying the yummy “Dhabe Wali Daal” or ” Butter Chicken with Rumali Roti”. You just can’t get those flavours or that authenticity in food here – doesn’t matter how hard you try. I remember those days when my friends and I used to go to Panjab University just to eat “Canteen Wale Rajma Chawal” because they were the best “Rajma Chawal” in town and not to mention, everyone’s favourite “Kulche Chole”, absolute lusciousness! Those were the good old days. Miss our beautiful Chandigarh.