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Full of beans

Gregarious, easygoing and sociable, Honey and Ruby have learnt to use these traits to brighten up their lives in the city, says Mubin Sultan


FLASHING SMILES and waving hands, the lovely couple of Honey and Ruby entered the grand lobby of DV Manor, lifting the spirits of people in the vicinity. Honey, a businessman who owns `Tractor House,' a famous store for automobile spare parts shared the pleasant company of his wife, Ruby. While Honey is born and brought up in Vijayawada, Ruby is from Delhi. It was, however, not very difficult for him to convince her to move with him to a strangers' land. "Honey told me that Vijayawada was a city with no traffic lights. Little realizing that he was pulling a fast one on me, I believed him instantly," recalls Ruby. Reminded of her innocence, she is forced to smile every time her car comes to a screeching halt at the traffic lights.

The extremely friendly couple with a typical Punjabi dialect sent their companions into peals of laughter every now and then. They were indeed a pleasure to spend an evening with. A product of Montessori School and Loyola College, Honey is very attached to home. "I can't go on a holiday for more than four days. Vijayawada keeps reckoning," he says munching the tasty starters that included crunchy cheese rolls and paneer majestic. Ruby is a graduate in fashion technology from an international fashion school in Delhi. Ruby's vivacious and sparkling personality reflected in the colourful orange salwar-kameez designed by herself.

The freshness on their faces makes it hard to believe that the couple is married for 12 years. A favourite with farmers, Honey is usually busy with his family business, set up in Vijayawada nearly 35 years ago. The family, which is complete with their two kids, enjoys travelling. Amazingly, Ruby who had never heard Telugu until she descended on this city is a movie buff now and enjoys the comedy in Telugu flicks. `Manmadhudu' is her favourite. She loves to live in the past when she was in school. "I don't remember carrying loads of books and spending restless nights for an exam two weeks away," she says asserting that sports and other co-curricular activities should comprise an equally important part of a child's school life. Honey loved food and Ruby is a superb cook, "She is popularly called `Tarla Dalal' by her friends, says Honey savouring the Chinese delicacies, vegetable soft noodles and baby corn masala.

Apart from his busy hours at the store, Honey takes time to read biographies of world famous personalities. He has read Gandhiji's struggle for freedom through non-violence and the book has left a deep influence on him. They live in a Punjabi colony, which is always bubbling with activity. "Apart from the frequent partying sessions, collective service through the Gurudwara which includes poor-feeding programme every week, helps us further strengthen the family bonds," says Ruby who as a member of Ladies Circle, Vijayawada, an all-women's body actively involved in social work. "I believe in education through entertainment and fun," says Ruby. Beautiful and amicable, the delightful wife and the affable husband are truly made for each other.

Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

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