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Manasuna manasai...

Being a ray of hope for the visually-challenged, this workaholic doctor is a true family man and his wife is his eyes and ears, says Mubin Sultan


"THE HEIGHTS great men reached and kept were not attained by a sudden flight; but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." Such is the story of Chakravarthy, ophthalmologist and his wife Nagamani who helps this gentleman find pleasure in his toil by absorbing all his fatigue with her sweet smile.

Simplicity and compassion for the poor is what the family shares in general. Feeling comfortable at their favourite haunt `Blue Fox Bar and Restaurant,' the couple takes no time to mention that it's this restaurant where they can relax after a tiring week for a pleasant evening with family.

Helping themselves to the familiar dishes for a sumptuous meal of Spicy chicken soup, Grilled Chicken, Chicken Wings, Sezwann Chicken, Chicken Biryani ,Chicken Tikka and Qurbani-ka-meetha for the dessert, Dr.Chakravarthy and Nagamani talked of their daily activity and their family.

Discussing his job as a leading ophthalmologist and the responsibility as a son of a bigger name, Dr.Sivaramakrishna, Dr.Chakravarthy believes that it is his father who has imbibed in him the values that are important for a peaceful and healthy life. A postgraduate from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences; Dr.Chakravarthy did his Fellowship under the guidance of leading doctors from U.S.A at Sri Kiran Eye Hospital at Kakinada. "Its this Fellowship that has taught me to take pleasure in hard work," confesses Dr.Chakravarthy with a smile.

Hailing from a comparatively lesser-developed area of Sitaramapuram, Nagamani could do her B.A in spite of the poor transportation and communication facilities. A sole manager of a joint family, Nagamani enjoys spending time with her family and spends her ` not-so-often' free time, reading novels and magazines. "She makes it up even for my part of attention to the kids," says Dr.Chakravarthy who never fails to find time for his boys, no matter how busy his work might get.

Even with a personal clinic, `Sri Devi Eye Hospital', Dr.Chakravarthy is busier on his charity assignments and has comparatively free eye checkups and cataract surgeries for the poor than his regular patients. With as many as 15 to 16 free surgeries per day, Dr.Chakravarthy has served many villages in the vicinity around Vijayawada.

"At times, after entering the operation theatre for my evening job, I come out only to find the sun rising," says Dr.Chakravarthy who holds his father responsible for cultivating the urge in him to work for the under privileged. There is no compromise with regard to the quality of work offered for charity and he uses world-class technology for each one of his patients. "It is when I reach out to these people of very limited means, that I feel satisfied and the purpose served," says Dr.Chakravarthy who does not regret his busy schedule.

Nagamani has nothing to complain about or she feels happier and blessed when each time any patient visits the house to pay his gratitude in fruits or vegetables and accepts them with as much happiness. A perfect example to taciturnity, Nagamani manages to say that she felt extremely happy when her hubby was felicitated by Lions Club International and received the `Best Service' awards from various organisations working for a noble cause. " It feels good when people ask me if he ever finds time to eat and sleep," says Nagamani with pride.

After playing good kids, it's time for them to play good parents to their kids Kalyankrishna and Sivaramakrishna. Dr. Chakravarthy and Nagamani hope to pass on the values of simplicity, understanding, compassion, discipline and loyalty to their next generation. Observing and enjoying the joint family culture, Dr.Chakravarthy says, "My family is always in harmony and peace and we do nothing extra-ordinary. All that we love is to live together and have a memorable time."

With their unadorned attitude and artless approach, the couple win hearts by redefining simplicity.

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