Born in Mumbai (Bombay), India |
While in the United Kingdom, Mayank and his wife Mahrukh decided to emigrate to secure a better future, outside of India, for their son Che. After weighing their options they chose Canada for its multiculturalism.
“Toronto was our only choice. It is a vibrant, tolerant and accommodative, encourages enterprise and gives everyone a chance to live their dream.”
These were all qualities that reminded him of his hometown of Bombay. Mayank explained that Toronto welcomed him, accepted him, and helped him create a space for himself as a writer. Currently he works at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, writes fiction and runs a literary blog.
Toronto as Home
Mayank wanted to be photographed in the Toronto Reference Library, a place that was important to his development as a writer of fiction. Although he worked in journalist and communications for many years in India, it was in Toronto that, for the very first time, he wrote fiction.
Connection with the Past
The photo he is touching is of Eros Theatre in the 1950s. The theatre is an example of the Art Deco architecture that defined Bombay’s western worldview and shaped its commercial vibrancy and cultural diversity. Mayank bought this photograph during his last visit there in 2011.
Mayank is also a speaker with the Passages Canada storytelling initiative. Check out his profile here.