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THE ALL ROUNDER COUPLE

A rendezvous with this pair, indeed, made a delightful evening at Spice Inn, says Mubin Sultan


SHE, A responsible and optimistic doctor and he, an astute businessman and managing director of Minerva Hotels, walked into Spice Inn on Tikkle Road to add their own share of spice to the place. The flashing smiles of Dr. Madhavi and Surendranath, reflected upon the trendy walls of the restaurant, drawing attention from every possible corner. Waving at almost every entrant, the couple created an aura around themselves, thus exemplifying their grace.

Their day begins with tranquil walks and refreshing badminton sessions at the Vijayawada Club every morning. "It's more a time that we spend together rather than a workout session,'' says Surendranath who introduced his wife to the sport of badminton which has now become a passion. Every day is a busy day for a doctor. But, Madhavi finds it no difficult to manage her home and spend enough time with her daughter, Priyanka. With their son, Sri Harsha at BITS-PILANI, into his engineering, the couple feels that children should be given a chance to make their own decisions when it comes to deciding upon their future.

Enjoying the bubbly feel of the restaurant with the appetite-arousing-paintings and extra-hospitable staff, the couple dined over the thick creamy vegetable soup, Sezhwann Paneer, crisp stuffed vegetables, Pudina Parantha, Dal Makhani, Mixed Vegetable Korma and the yummy curd rice which stand as testimony to their simple yet varied taste. Travelling is what they adore and explored, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Europe. "Holidays are rejuvenating and take us back to regular work with heightened spirits and enhanced vigour,'' says Madhavi who cannot miss a tour to Switzerland, a place which she considers Heaven on Earth. Having covered all the hill stations in India, Surendranath considers Manali, the beauty of the country.

No historically important place interests them unless the history is as significant as that of Egypt - their next destination. Where there is a will, there is a way - in spite of their busy schedules, the couple find time for their interests. Madhavi takes time off her busy hours to read her medical journals and play the Veena. The family is never tired of celebrating her achievements. "She is the proud recipient of the President of India's gold medal for excellence in MBBS studies and also has 14 gold medals to her credit,'' says Surendranath with a grin of proud on his face.

Surendranath with double degree in MA in English literature and Law finds pleasure in creating skits and organizing cultural shows at their favourite Vijayawada Club. The family works like a team to conduct free health camps once in every four months at villages devoid of any access to specialty doctors.

"Health education is our motto," says Surendranath who arranges health exhibitions, playlets and quiz programmes for the village community. "We are only doing our little bit for the society'' - is the humble opinion of the down-to-earth couple.

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