Soaking all this, an individual unwittingly gets lost, gradually merging, becoming one with the city. Mind you, one doesn’t lose his identity, just assumes an additional one, that of the city, and it becomes a part of him, residing in a corner of his heart. Smiling and dancing in Mumbai’s happiness, empathizing its sorrows and wiping its tears, remembering the good things about the British Raj and preserving the ‘Bombay legacy’, raising a toast to a bright future, and finally rejoicing all things that make and give the Bombay its unique identity.
Although lacking formal education in creative writing, Victor has been scribbling since he was thirteen years old – when his first hand scrawled fortnightly magazine found its way into his kiddo siblings’ hands. Followed by scripts/stories that were devoured by his school mates, skits that made it to school/college stages, and articles/flash fictions that featured on competitions
His debut novel Bombay, Decoded has released in December 2014. Four years in the writing, after countless attempts to “novelize” the story, Victor eventually decided to make it a ‘young adult’ genre. Not only due to the fact that the main protagonist is 22 years old but also due to the lack of books in this genre in India. This was very glaring while growing up in Mumbai, as he had to resort to ‘imports’ to satiate his reading thirst. His debut novella, a first of its kind fiction for young adults, is a fitting tribute to the city of Bombay, its spirit, its will and its heart.