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Sun and dawn, made for each other

Bhaskar Murthy, who took the name of the Sun God, and Usha, who is named after the dawn, are an interesting couple who chose a novel cause for social service, says Mubin Sultan


BLESSED IS he who has found his work, let him ask for no other blessedness. Bhaskar Murthy, proprietor of `Sonovision', has never known that he is a workaholic. His immense hard work doesn't seem hard to him at all, for he looks at it as his work and is here to do it. Managing an extensive chain of showrooms with names of `Sonovision' and `Panavision', Bhaskar Murthy is better known as the `King of home appliances.'

The `Queen' Usha fills in for him at home and is his driving force to continue his endeavours with ease. "I was working at the show-room earlier, but I think my kids need me more than the shop does," she acknowledges. "I have a great respect for working women who can manage their work and home efficiently," says Usha who feels that it isn't as easy to maintain the profile, as it seems to be.

After completing his engineering from Sidhartha College of Engineering, Bhaskar continued the family business, which his father had set up in Vijayawada. "My father was the first person to introduce Television to the people of Vijayawada," he says while relaxing over a non-vegetarian Hot and Sour soup and crunching upon the crispy French fries and Peanut Masala in Aroma's-DV Manor, their favourite place for hangouts.

Bhaskar spends a great deal of his time at his showroom and likes interacting with his customers, to understand them and help them with finances, if need be. Usha is busy most of the day with her kids who are students at Sidhartha Public School. Discovering the wonders of the `Art of Living,' Usha is all praises for the practise, which helps her relax and interact with her inner-self.

On the go to keep his family business flourishing, Bhaskar succeeded in starting many showrooms all over the State. Even while toiling hard to reach the top of his career ladder, Bhaskar can't help but continue his appreciation for art. His interests revolve round music and books that are indigenous to India and the State in particular.

From the latest reading of the book Amma ku Jai Jai... Bhaskar has made an interesting study of the many celebrities who have contributed to the book by describing their own mothers. "It made a very interesting study," he stated. The couple shared rotis accompanied by the spicy Indian curries of kadai chicken and baby corn masala, as they spoke for each other.

Appreciating her culinary skills, Bhaskar mentions that her soufflés, desserts and the cakes are particular favourites at home. With a wonderful company in the form of a `kitty,' Usha has well established herself as a socialite and has participated in many fund raising programmes to help cancer patients and struggling students, financially. She now plans to work for the welfare of the children of Naxalites and their victims, extending a helping hand to Ms. Kanunji, who conceived the idea of the project.

The couple has made several trips across the globe and is impressed by the United States of America. "Europe is beautiful for its history and geography, but there is something about the US that is very interesting," says Bhaskar. "The attitude, disposition and the perfection of the people is pleasing and adds to the dynamic panorama of the country that has the most remarkable and brilliant technological developments," says Usha.

Usha and Bhaskar, the Vijayawadites with decorum that pronounces simplicity are extremely happy with their city and its developments.

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