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Epicurean makes a perfect adjective to the pair of Murali and Sunanda, says Mubin Sultan

SEATING THEMSELVES cozy at the more than comfortable, green-and-orange patterned, cushiony sofa leaned to the creamy walls in the company of Feng-Shui's laughing Buddhas', the grand old men from Tokyo in wood and the native pottery and spice crushers, enjoying graceful positioning with resplendent lighting which presents each one of those familiar pieces as great works of art by local artisans, the couple of Muralikrishna and Sunanda enhanced the galactic pulse of Haveli, the restaurant, with their hospitable nature and amiable smiles.

Muralikrishna, the Director of Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts and his wife Sunanda, the Secretary of the same, share a psychedelic view of their profession, family and interests. Murali, a native of Vijayawada, entered the business of hospitality and trained himself at Hyderabad.

A product of Badruka College in Hyderabad, Murali's enterprising skills are quite apparent by the way he presents himself. Talking about the industry, Murali says, "It is a very rewarding field which can take you places and know people as long as they enjoy eating and drinking and you enjoy hard work."

The marriage of Murali and Sunanda is an outcome of a true friendship of two colleagues who worked on the same train, one as the driver and the other as the guard. Happily married for 16 years, the couple is still young and energetic and enjoys spending time with their children.

"Sunday evenings are strictly for them and we usually go out to dine," says Sunanda. Keeping in mind the prospects of the hotel industry, the duo has decided to rope in their son into the business. "We want him to be a world-class chef," say Murali and Sunanda who are king and queen in the kitchen themselves.

Their son Sidharth, who has just completed his 10th class and also successfully accomplished the mission of driving the car purely by observing his father switch the gears and play the clutch, is also quite happy with his father's plans for him. Alekhya, their daughter, wants to be a doctor. "We see doctors as living Gods," says Murali who believes that every person has a God in him and says, "The world can be a better place if every person respects the other as a creation of the Almighty."

Sunanda, with unbelievable taciturnity manages to say; "It feels great to be busy after being a house-wife for a long time." While she inspires her students by exemplifying grace, Murali is a dynamic leader who cares for the personality development of his students and feeds their souls with impressive lectures reflecting upon the philosophy of Ramana Maharshi and his preacher.

Taking pleasure in the Vegetable soup, Chicken Manchuria, Butter-nan, Paneer butter masala, Mushroom masala, Malacca rice, Vegetable Biryani, and Fruit salad for the dessert, Murali and Sunanda believe that food is divine. Murali, putting his deeply philosophical studies into practice has noble plans of donating the food made in his college to the deprived and underprivileged, each day and has also reserved five seats for the six-month courses to help the students of limited means and to give the unemployed youth a chance of brightening their prospects. "But one needs to earn simultaneously, to be able to donate," says Murali who wishes to bring up a one-of-it's kind hotel in Vijayawada where the food would be prepared and served to match the mood, desire and health of every customer.

Murali and Sunanda find Vijayawada to be a peaceful city and admire the people here for their encouragement and amicability. Interesting, simple and amiable are few words that best describe this passionate couple.

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