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'Naga'land, Krishna's Brindavan

Mubin Sultan finds them STRIVE in their quest for the best.


HE WALKED in with the poise of a gentleman and she was his graceful genie of tranquil composure exhibited through her smile. Krishna an army man for 22 years with his just-out-of-high-school kind of appearance and Nagalakshmi, a post-graduate in pharmaceutical sciences and an affectionate house-maker, illustrate the idea of marital bliss in dazzling colours. Feeling more at home under a luxurious blanket knit with exquisite details of fine tints of eye-catching works of art and the lighting from the grand chandeliers, the couple exchanged their avant-garde ideas while relishing the best creations of the chef with magical fingers, Brijesh Thakur, which include Crunchy cheese rolls, Baby corn Majestic, Triple Decker and Ginger -Capsicum rice, Vegetarian Hoi sin curry, Vegetarian Chow-Chow for the main course at DV Manor.

Nagalakshmi, an ebullient businesswoman, now, has the company of her husband to help her manage the huge process of marketing the products of her company, Emis Pharmaceuticals. An interesting person to know, she belongs to `Nagaland' in Vijayawada, you read it right, `Nagaland' in Vijayawada and it is no separate political entity, but her house named after each one of her four sisters who share a common prefix of `Naga'. A loving and demonstrative mother of two girls she is a woman of substance who can play the role of a tender wife, caring mother and a responsible professional with passion. A product of Atkinson High School, Nagalakshmi hardly finds time for any relaxation and takes time out for family to chill out at trendy food joints.

Unlike Nagalakshmi, who is a native of Vijayawada, Captain Krishna, as he is popularly known, had his schooling at Hyderabad. "I was a commander in the Defence, but people find it convenient to call me Captain and that is how I came to be known as Capatain Krishna," says Krishna with delight. Krishna has fond memories of his college days in Hyderabad and recalls a few friends with whom he formed a team and called it `Wordsworth's World'. It was more of a club with no hierarchies of President or Secretary or no boundaries for any expression of thought. All that these Wordsworthians did was to conduct elocution, debate, quiz competitions etc. each week. "I think young people must be enthusiastic enough to come up with such innovative ideas and clubs to help themselves grow," expresses Krishna.

Krishna has traveled extensively as an army man and rates Dubai as his favourite of all the countries he visited. He believes that Dubai has the best of the east and the west and discusses the subtle cultural amalgamation in U.A.E which is unique for a country where there is little scope for inference of the ideas of any other religion or nation, while retaining its originality through strict authority and exercise of power and law. A savant person that he is, Krishna has a brilliance, which shows in his ability to indulge himself in a conversation on just any topic. With the parlance of a dynamic personality, Krishna finds it easy to steal hearts of the people in the city topping it all with the young and energetic way he carries himself.

Similar in thought, deed and action, Krishna and Nagalakshmi are active members of the Vijayawada Club and a group called STRIVE which works for the welfare of the people. They also share an analogous perspective and look at Vijayawada as a place that is peaceful, diplomatic and serene and never far away from the city.

An inspiring couple ,Krishna and Nagalakshmi are Vijayawadaites with a difference.

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