In the late eighteenth century, Pittoo Fernandes and his
immediate family, along with about 70,000 other Catholic Christians are taken
prisoner from their native Mangalore and surrounding areas by the armies of
Tippu Sultan of Mysore, and transported to the capital Srirangapatna, with
almost a third of these prisoners dying en route due to illness, hunger, gross
ill-treatment and torture. It was the Ruler’s intention that the
whole community be exterminated, for what he considered high treason committed
by members of the community, and the whole community was to be punished for it.
Pittoo, an ex-seminarian, escapes from captivity after about six
years’ incarceration, and though meek and very timid by nature, having had led
a sheltered life till then, has to face the unforgiving and demanding realities
of the savage and real world.
being the last of his immediate family in captivity and after his escape, with
the threat hanging over him of his feet and one hand being amputated if caught
and brought back, has to use every bit of ingenuity, innovating and improvising
to stay free and not be taken back into bondage. Dogged
determination and his basic, survival instincts, coupled with absolutely raw
courage, which he did not even know that he possessed, is all what he can fall
back on, to take him further away from certain torture and death, and onward to
This book, “A Victor of Circumstance”, is the Author’s second
book, the first being “The Anonymous Birthright.” The Author took to writing - after an
unfortunate vehicular accident resulted in injuries that confined him to his
house - just to help pass the time and keep him occupied.
Various occupations initially in the marine and shipping fields,
and later in aviation, through his working life had enriched the Author with
numerous experiences, the memories of which he was able to recall to help him
in the writing of these books.
The Author lives with his wife, Flossy, in Bangalore, India, and
has four children.