Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 2nd 2015 Contents 6 Friday, January 2, 2015 • Issue 166
Arvinder 'Winer Boy' Rampersad took an ex-
tensive liming habit and turned it into a busi-
ness. From wining on stage during a Machel
performance he has taken his good time spirit
on road and has been the man behind a series of
successful events. His story is about timing, con-
fidence, perseverance and luck. As a teenager he
was never one for parties as he was more inter-
ested in sports and he rarely ventured out of the
house at night. But when the liming bug bit him
he found in himself the ability bring people to-
gether through brilliant party ideas which has
kept him occupied throughout the year.
"I like to put myself in the patron's shoes. For ex-
ample I wanted to go lime after a T20 game, the
game is only three hours. I was feeling to lime after
but I wasn't up for driving, so I thought All Out
would be a good spot for an after cricket party. It
was so successful that by 5pm on the Saturday
we had to close the doors because the place was
rammed full. The Sunday people were partying till
1am. Cricketers were coming in, especially the
Trinidadian cricketers came after and lime. So that
whole event came about because I wanted a lime
after cricket. I like to feed off my vibe of what I
would want or what my close friends would want
and go brave," said Rampersad.
A series of public wining displays set the stage
for Arvinder to become a well known party man.
"I went to ladies first and Machel was perform-
ing I went on the stage and wine, two weeks later I
was in Trini Posse he called up on stage and I
wined again and nickname came about. I started
thinking about how I could use the popularity to
start a business. So my friends were like since you
know so much people why don't you do an event. I
went to dad who always told me he would help
with anything I wanted to do and asked him to fi-
nance the event. And Bumperville was born" said
Just when things were going well tragedy
struck. While walking to his car after a party he
tripped and fell under a vendor's tent causing a pot
of hot oil to fall all over his body. Just before he
passed out he told his friends to take him to West
Shore. He suffered first degree burns and his feet,
because his shoes were still on, were badly dam-
aged by the hot oil. By the time he recovered his
funds were depleted from his medical bills. So he
set out to throw a series of smaller events to re-
gain capital for his flagship fete Bumperville.
But even while still in the hospital he was churn-
ing out ideas from his bed. Using WhatsApp he
helped theme Machel's Pump Yuh Flag video.
"That was a year when Machel was getting real
fight down and I told him the only way you could
be bigger than the fight down is if you go on a na-
tional scale. So when he was performing he had
Trinidad flags, because the whole concept
was national pride. He featured me in his
Mr Fete show which was aired on TV6.
The year after Ravi heard about me, so I
also helped him with his presentation.
One thing just leading to the next and I
don't know who I will work with again
but I know who I want to work with,"
By the time he came out of the ho-
pital he already had a plan of action
and began putting things in motion.
"I started doing Fridays at 51 and
started branding Bumperville as the
first fete of the year, though it's not
within the same year it's still the
first of the season and it grew as
that. The last three Bumpervilles
were at St John's Ambulance
Hall and this year it moved to
Pier 1," said Rampersad.
Having no experience in party
promoting business the entire
process was new to him but he
keen on getting things off the
ground and through hard work he
"It was a new experience my
whole family are accountants and I
was studying ACCA, finished level one
and never continued. I never even did a
birthday party before I started throwing
events. I had to learn the whole thing from
scratch because throwing an outdoors
event is different from a boat cruise or a
club event. I have to go get licenses, I didn't
know which police station to go, I didn't know
which fire station to go to, I didn't know where
COTT was. So I learned everything from that first
party and documented it for future use. So now
it's a formula that I just follow now that is stan-
dard. It's still difficult, it's a learning experience and
it's really enjoyable and that's why I continue doing
it," said Rampersad.
On the whole Rampersad chalks up his success
to just being at the right place at the right time.
And his ideas just keep making things work out in
"I think I just got lucky, to be honest. I can't tell
somebody go out three times a week go on a
stage and wine. I think just fell into place for me. To
start this party thing is very hard right now if you
don't have a market, if you don't have a following.
To come into it now without a following is hard.
Every year you see hundreds of people trying and
failing. It's a very saturated market right now. You
really have to calculate your risk before you go out
there," said Rampersad.
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