As a young Suva Kid, his love for music saw him join a High School Band known then as 'RED FINK'.
It was also during that era of the 1970s, that the cultural shock-wave known as 'Hip Hop' emerged from the economic paralysis of New York City, especially the neglected black and Latino neighborhoods in the Bronx.
The craze had greatly influenced the Music Industry in Fiji, and soon, the energetic and inquisitive music minded Vimal found himself joining Henry Foon's Ulysses and eventually as a Lead Guitarist and Vocalist at Lucky Eddies, one of Suva's top nightspots then.
In 1978, Vimal attended the Oxford Air Training School in the United Kingdom before joining Air Pacific in 1980.
In the 1970' tourism became the nation's leading industry, which made the airline even more important to the Fijian economy; and the government of Fiji acquired a controlling interest in Air Pacific in 1974. A Young and enthusiastic Captain Vimal was part of Air Pacific'c development and transition then.
After making a significant contribution to the Aviation Industry in Fiji during those post Fiji Independence era, Captain Vimal finally decided to move abroad, and as of today, continues to enjoy his many thousands of flying hours as a proud Fijian in International Airspace.
During his flight-time off, Captain Vimal would be seen trading his Cockpit Yoke for his electric guitar to jam with Anil Kumar's Deja Vu and singing his favorite song; "Listen to the Music' by Doobie Brothers.
Captain Vimal is married to Pratima Prasad and they have two children.
Photo: Captain Vimal Raj Prasad
Story: Talanoa Pasifik.