ONWARDS TO VICTORY: KNOWING THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT
The youngsters who were once labeled the degenerates of society are now the working population and the once notoriously rebellious generation X has now taken up an integral role in society. Kathmandu’s working environment has become unbelievably fast paced and attained a certain level of professionalism that surpasses the previously established benchmark; which let’s face it wasn’t so high to begin with.
Regardless, there is a major chunk of the young population that puts in a lot of effort into their careers, making sure that they work at full capacity. Growing up on the notion that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, we also know how to have fun. It has become customary to finish a difficult week with a night of merriment, which has definitely given rise to the city’s nightlife.
The Victory Lounge is currently on the forefront of the number of clubs that have been mushrooming in the heart of the city. Packed to the hilt every weekend, this is one of the most happening spots to be in in Kathmandu. And to think, it’s being run by the very same generation that the oldies used to say were worthless. We catch up with the young team behind one of the most popular go-to places in Kathmandu.
How do you run a successful business?
Nepal demands young hands and fresh brains, not just in the political scenario but also in all forms of businesses. In the contemporary working environment having a young team will definitely set you apart. Victory is no exception, and we believe having a young team has played a big role in Victory’s quick rise to success.
What does it take for 6 people from different walks of life to work as a cohesive unit?
All it takes is to understand the importance of having a shared vision. We realize each other’s individual goals in life, and we respect that until each of us respect the organization’s vision as well. For instance, Nagma, who is currently tied up with her travel show called ‘Steps’, wants to dedicate a few years into traveling, and we absolutely support that- we’ve categorized her part of the task accordingly.
Not just that, we have pretty much figured out, who is best in what department and we have allocated the tasks accordingly. Out of all of us, Prinsha takes care of the proposals, legal documents and sponsorship handling, because she is apparently good with words and bargaining, while Nira looks after the day-to-day business.
Bipin, who sets the crowd on fire as a DJ also looks after outsourced events, because he has a strong base in event management. Mayenk looks after all the sports related events, while Jayan looks over the technical aspects.
We’ve understood our differences and accepted them in a positive way and that’s probably why we are now a family.
THE VICTORY LOUNGE IS CURRENTLY ON THE FOREFRONT OF THE NUMBER OF CLUBS THAT HAVE BEEN MUSHROOMING IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.
What were your expectations when you started out with Victory?
Prinsha: When I started out, I was offered a job to look after the marketing. I was thoroughly impressed with the interior of the place, the location, the Royal Palace view and the team; hence, I took it. After three months of burning my head to pre-plan the opening, I was offered a partnership, which I very much liked. For me, Victory has been a ladder of opportunities, and it’s not true only for me, but everyone, who is associated with us. Take for instance the cab drivers who now have a great time working at night. Because there is no off-night their pockets are never empty
Why would you say is victory so popular? What’s different?
The only thing that has changed is- everything. Sounds familiar? Yup, we borrowed it from Apple. But we can definitely relate to this. Victory is like the rest, but with little twists in everything. In other clubs, anyone can enter by paying a certain amount of money, but you need a Membership Card to get into Victory, or at least be in the guest list. So, we are more focused on providing a comfortable ambience to our customers, rather than being totally money-oriented. We respect our clients so much that we work till 3 AM in the morning with the same level of energy in sound and in service. And we have the best clients in town which has played a crucial role in Victory’s popularity.
How did you guys come up with the idea for Victory? Who are the people involved?
Victory went through a lot of legal hassle when it was still under construction. All we wanted was to change the pattern of people’s lifestyle that was limited to 8 o’clock, and we wanted to make Durbar Marg, a street with abundant business potential. When we won the battle, we couldn’t think of a better name than Victory, because Victory truly signifies the victory we had after such a struggle.
Currently, we are about 2500+ Victory members including the 6 of us making this place a hit. We also have Pepsi, Bacardi, CTV, Dial a Driver family with us. And the numbers are definitely growing.
ALL WE WANTED WAS TO CHANGE THE PATTERN OF PEOPLE’S LIFESTYLE THAT WAS LIMITED TO 8 O’CLOCK, AND WE WANTED TO MAKE DURBAR MARG, A STREET WITH ABUNDANT BUSINESS POTENTIAL
What’s in store for Victory’s future?
We’ve always dreamt of making this place a hit in Asia, if not the world. That way our dream is not just big, but is achievable as well. At this, we are pretty much sure to make our names registered in ‘Top things to do in Kathmandu’ very soon.