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Smitten by the city


FRESH FACES, fresh mindset and a fresh outlook on life are always welcome. Looking fresh enough to kick-start their lives with the wonderful support of their bundle of joy are Anil Prasad and Prasanna.

Anil is the Managing Director of Aditya TVS, a combination of a showroom, a workshop and a shop of spare parts for automobiles; his wife Prasanna, though a post-graduate, has for the moment, confined her role to a doting mother of the chirpy Aditi Shalini and a supporting wife. On a mission to sketch and comrehend their lives together, the duo recently moved into the city from the happening Hyderabad. "When compared to Hyderabad, I feel Vijayawada offers a healthier work environment and better opportunities to zealous workers like me," says Anil.

"The best part of this city is the warmth of the people who are absolutely lovable and extremely friendly," says Prasanna heaping praises on her neighbourhood who take care of her little princesswhen she is at work. Seated beneath the `Indian-bungalow' kind of wood work on the ceiling of Haveli restaurant and sipping the Vegetable Cantonese soup, the couple's eyes light up whenever they speak about their 13-month-old Aditi, an infant music-lover. "She is having a blast grabbing everyone's attention at home. I am only too happy to sit back and watch her do the cutest things," says Prasanna while savouring the crispy delights of Chicken spring rolls and Cashew rich crispies.

Anil is not all that fortunate. "My work keeps me busy for most part of the day and so I miss her childish gestures," he regrets but treasures each moment spent in the company of his child. When Aditi was born, he was not allowed to see her for 21 days as the elders in the family believed that it would be inauspicious. "That probably was the toughest period of my life. I was dying to see my daughter and spent those 21 days in the company of my friends in an attempt to divert my attention," he recalls fondly. Anil is a good traveller and food is never a problem for him. " I have no hang-ups on the food front. Except sea food, I relish everything," says he while pleasing himself over the Chicken schezwan rice with diced chicken cooked in the Singaporean style. Prasanna, meanwhile, is a home bird. "Movies can be a good option at times. But they could also be unbelievably disastrous," she says referring to a recent Telugu flick.

Quiz them about the most memorable moments of their life and Anil roles his eyes towards his darling daughter while Prasanna endorses his views. Being a meritorious student throughout her academic life she hardly had to face an occasion where she was subjected to embarrassment. "I was more focused on my academic performance, " she says while relishing the Malacca fried rice and the Kadai vegetable. Anil was an athlete and vividly remembers having suffered from stage phobia. Once, he found his name included in the list of participants for a singing competition. Interestingly, he ended up entertaining the crowd completely `forgetting' about his phobia. Putting into practice the values inculcated in him by his parents, he is not only a successful businessman and a proud father, but also a godfather to two young boys, Rakesh and Singh whose studies are taken care of by the former.

MUBIN SULTAN

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