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A judicious husband and a devoted wife, the congenial, gratifying and inspiring couple make interesting conversationalists, says MUBIN SULTAN.


WHAT DOES it take to fill a marital life full of bliss? One can find the answer just by talking to this pleasing couple of L.Venugopal Reddy, the Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University and Dean of Commerce, and his lovely and genial wife, Vasundhara. The couple graced the resplendent hotel DV Manor with their presence and savoured the creamy Vegetable soup, Chicken Kofta, Mixed Spring Rolls, Chicken Butter Masala, Butter-nan, Mushroom Masala and Curd rice, in a tete-e-tete with the Metro Plus.

Vasundhara, a native of Nellore district, is a homemaker who prefers to keep herself busy with the household chores and her two young children, Sarath and Sindhu. A reserved and quiet woman, her motherly devotion radiates through her warm and affectionate smile while the lady stands as a perfect example of a dutiful wife. A woman with an insight and an ability to analyse even the subtler of issues, she strongly believes that a woman holds in her the ability to make or break a house. According to her, men get more apprehensive by the idea of sharing a life with a new person because women easily adjust themselves to the temperament of their husbands and can always find a shoulder to lean on. "But, men are more egoistic and tend to suffer more if they are not compatible." One of Vasundhara's striking qualities is that she never misses to take note of admiring people around her. Her mother-in-law, she says, is a very inspiring lady, ever in the service of her son and his family.

Venugopal, a true academician and a very busy person though, doesnft find it difficult to take time off for his family. Nor does he carry home his eofficialf temperament. In spite of a busy schedule, he manages to hop to a cinema theatre at least once a month, with family. An NTR fan, he finds it difficult to remember the names of the actors and actresses of the present generation most of whom are one-film wonders. An inspiring teacher himself, Venugopal confesses that it is not easy to be one. g Only a teacher knows how to handle the students and mould them into good citizens. But, a lot depends on the studentsf ability to understand the teacher and extend his co-operation, h says he. Hailing from the district of Chittoor, he did his PhD on Small scale industries and authored books like, eConsumer Behaviourf and ePersonal management.f

Travelling is a hobby that the couple share in common. They have been to the land-locked Asian country where Buddha was born and where the tallest peak stands gracefully-Nepal. A holiday in the valley of Kathmandu in Nepal is bound to enlighten tourists, which is probably why tourism is the second largest industry of that country. Another of their holidays was spent in the richest African country drowned in gold and diamonds-South Africa. Their next destination for the summer is America and they hope to make the most of their holiday in each otherfs company.

Venugopal envies the youth of today. He feels that unlike in the past, they have enormous access to communication modes like the Internet, the world of knowledge where any kind of information is only a click away.

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