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The Quality Man(or) !

The initial reluctance of Rajesh and Anju for the spicy food, hot climate and the tongue-twisting language gradually faded to give way to fondness that has developed into a strong bond with the city, says MUBIN SULTAN.


A DELIGHTFUL and a cheerful gentleman in the pleasant company of a beautiful and charming lady ambled into the favourite jaunt of Vijayawada junta, the Blue Fox Bar and Restaurant. Rajesh Berry, General Manager of Quality Inn DV Manor, and his wife Anjali, walked in flashing an infectious smile which defined affability.

Anjali's sparkling black ethnic stone necklace from the north and Berry's extraordinary sociability brings to mind the zealous Delhi from where the lovely couple hails. Products of the Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, the pair has been a part of the hospitality industry for the past 30 years that took them around the globe and taught them lessons that are now put to practice to offer the people of Vijayawada, the best of the industry.

Talking about the industry, Berry says, "it's an extremely challenging field where you are expected to care for the comfort of consumer, understand his needs and also satiate his whims and fancies." However, he believes there can be no other industry as rewarding as the hotel industry provided one has proper guidance from a reliable mentor and undying patience. Rajesh had worked with many multi-national and international chains in Delhi, the United States of America and Canada.

Cultural brilliance

Describing modernisation of Vijayawada as a transition, he feels that the city might emerge as an authentic metropolitan, retaining its cultural brilliance, in the next couple of years. He is glad that DV Manor has been a key player in bringing about this change, arousing the taste buds of the denizens to try various cuisines of other lands. "The on-going Chettinad festival is a huge draw. You must not miss it," says Berry to the many acquaintances calling on the couple during the course of their meal which included rotis with chicken tikka, kadai vegetable and dal fry.

As a housewife, Anjali likes trying out new recipes and also inventing a few. She also conducts cookery classes for women, besides helping her husband keep up with his 24x7 job. She being a Maharashtrian and he being a Punjabi, the couple celebrates festivals of both the cultures. "We enjoy Telugu festivals with people here whom we have befriended in the past five years," says Berry. Though he misses the lively balle-balle stuff but hastens to clarify, "no regrets, whatsoever."

Old is gold

The couple enjoys music. For them, old is gold. They find the cocophony of the so-called remix culture off-putting. "Old stuff in a new bottle is good if only the bottle is clean enough," says Anjali indicating her strong dislike for the present music trend. Though not regular movie-goers, they try not to miss meaningful films. The latest Bollywood flicks Munna Bhai MBBS and Lakshya enchanted them.

Looking back at the past 30 years, Berry and Anjali fondly recall the many friends and places they visited. "After traveling wide and far, given a chance, I would like to settle here," says Anjali, illustrating the bond and intimacy that the city has offered them. "The spicy food, climate and the language might be an initial threat to a stranger but there's no place as wonderful and unique as Vijayawada," they say in unison.

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