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Nuvveedarinee... nenaadarinee... Krishnamma kalipindi iddarinee...

MUBIN SULTAN discovers the hidden talents of globe-trotter Suri and art-loving Sandhya


THE FIRST bond of society is marriage. And, enjoying each other's best company all along their journey of life are N.V.Suryanarayana Rao and his wife Sandhya. Suryanarayana, in a kurta-pyjama and Sandhya, in an exquisite saree of local artistry, titivated the grand ambience of D.V.Manor with their indigenous dress code.

As the Deputy General Manager of State Bank of India, Suryanarayana Rao, came back to his city after his stay in Bhubneshwar and Chandigarh. Sandhya belongs to Guntur and is a product of Andhra Christian College.

Taking pleasure in his vegetable clear soup and chomping the vegetable gold coins, Suryanarayana Rao described his job. "He was adjudged the best manager in the country by the Bank," says Sandhya, speaking for her unassuming and humble partner.

Suryanarayana Rao is on the lookout for pearls of wisdom and the secret to his success are a set of management principles he formulated himself. "It is very important to respect every individual as a unique personality even while you are the boss," says he.

His attitude of working light and effective has helped him nail his colours to the mast.

The couple is inclined to art and Sandhya had been a classical dancer before she committed herself to the art of painting.

She took formal training from Kaladarshini and her work is exoteric. The couple recalls the beautiful Chandigarh and the many concerts and operas, which the city offered to its people.

"We had the opportunity to listen to Pankaj Udhas, Shubha Mudgal, Bala Murali Krishna, etc., besides feasting our eyes on the best of classical dancers," says Suryanarayana Rao. The mercuric Sandhya remembers best the art galleries that housed the paintings of M.F.Hussain, her favourite artist.

While she makes herself good as an artist, Sandhya regrets the indifference the city shows to creativity. "It is very important that children be introduced to some form of art at the earliest possible age, so that their hobby becomes a passion which will always be an asset to their personalities," she says savouring kulcha.

A fun loving person that she is, Sandhya enjoys traveling and is usually busy making cracks and learning about places by interacting with locals and fellow travelers.

Though a wonderful cook, she hates cooking. But, she chose the delectable mutter malai masaala and sabzee milee-julee for the couple at the dinner. They complemented the dinner with a glass of butter milk.

Suryanarayana Rao has a remarkable ability to compare the Indian cities with the cities of the West, which he had visited.

While London, with its population and an amazing concentration of Indian people, reminds him of Mumbai, Ludhiana with most number of Benz cars on its streets reminds him of New York.

He fondly recollects his trip to the Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, which offered him the spectacular vision of the merging of the Indian, and the Pacific Oceans.

A staunch votary of vegetarianism, Suryanarayana Rao, found it extremely difficult to manage with food in South Africa initially. But, he was lucky to find a South Indian restaurant later.

He takes pride in being associated with the country's biggest bank. He proudly says the personal banking operations of the SBI are a big hit with the people. Taking long walks together is the favourite pastime for this enthusiastic couple

He found the ceilidhs of Ireland amusing. Reading relaxes him and is currently reading `The Last Jury' by John Grisham.

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