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Cheers to MetroPlus! Lali and Teeny, the epicurean couple in the City of Victory, share the best of their moments with P. SUJATHA VARMA.


HE IS suave and affable. She is a petite beauty. It is easy to mistake him for one of the most eligible bachelors in the city while she can effortlessly pass on as a teeny-bopper.

Young, energetic and full of zest for life, they arguably make one of the most gorgeous couples in Vijayawada city. Manpreet Singh, popular by his nickname, Lali, and his lovely wife, Jatinder urf Teeny, are beyond all doubts, ek duje ke liye.

The first couple to dine with the MetroPlus at the city's most `happening' star hotel, Quality Inn D.V.Manor, where Lali and Teeny walked in as strangers, but parted as good friends, the duo spoke on a range of subjects from their family business to their passion for travel to their obsession for partying and most importantly, the key to their roaring business. "Success is like a nasha.

The more you indulge in it, the higher the kick is,'' he says savouring the `murgh lababdar' and `methi ka parantha' while sipping his Blender's Pride. Teeny loves Thai food. "Its delicious and nutritious,'' she says with excitement.

Pastries, ice-creams, mousses and scalloped souffles comprise their cuisine while travelling abroad. While at home, they have their menu chalked out.

Supper includes the irresistible South Indian sambar, rasam and the oh-so-hot `patchadi's of `dondakai' and `dosakai,' while dinner table is reserved for the typical Punjabi dishes like `kadhi, maa di daal, rajma-chawal' or the nutritious `makke di roti te sarson da saag'.

For the handful of those who are trying to figure out this enviable pair, they are the proud owners of `Tipsy-Topsy', the swanky showroom of trendy garments on Bundar road. Selling sweaters in this sweltering town, Lali's grandpa smelt success.

A migrant from Quetta (now in Pakistan) to Dehradun, he descended on Vijayawada in search of greener pastures.

There were umpteen knotty problems, which the family overcame, thanks to their unshakable grit and tenuous determination.

Learning the tricks of the trade at `Satnam Stores' on the Besant Road, Lali chanced upon a small premises, already christened as `Tipsy-Topsy', meant for a bar and restaurant, on the Bundar Road. Developing fancy for the name, Lali did not change it.

Yet, he opened a small outlet for garments which today has grown into a huge one-stop-shop. Despite the tremendous success, he is not the kind to walk around with a perennial smirk and has his head firmly fixed on his shoulders.

Teeny's exotic looks belie the simple and prudent persona lying beneath who derives pleasure in doing small household chores at leisure.

Their family is complete with their son, Damin, who is 11 and away in Ooty, studying in a boarding school. She does enjoy travelling across the globe with her hubby for a break.

But, curling up in bed for a sound nap remains topmost on her priority list.

"I love to sleep. That's my way of relaxing,'' she says flashing an infectious smile. An attempt to point out the drawbacks of Vijayawada could incur Lali's wrath, for he is passionately in love with the city and its people.

"The place is simply great,'' defends this turban sporting Punjabi who is very much a Vijayawadaite.

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