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They never miss their bus

Instead of creating fuss over scarcity of time, Rao and Ramasree make the best of the moments spent together, says Mubin Sultan


GRANDPARENTS ARE the best friends of Sasank and Arka whose parents are busy for most part of the day. "Outings are rare unless the kids want to have their favourite tomato soup," says Ramasree, the better half of S.A.V. Prasad, the Deputy Commissioner of Transport. He belongs to Narasaraopet while Ramasree, the Assistant Director for Vigilance, APSRTC, is from Anantapur.

Citing happy and delightful moments of the days spent in SSN College, Narasaraopet, Prasad Rao takes a stroll down the memory lane. Unlike present genre of the student community, Rao remembers being a tension-free learner.

Referring to his stint with the Indian Information Service, Delhi, a blushing Ramasree recalls, "he and I were batch-mates," dropping broad hints that the choice of being each other's life partners was purely theirs.

Love for school

Sasank and his younger sibling, Arka, both students of NSM Public School, make no bones in admitting that except for the `home works' the school is the best place to be in.

Relishing their favourite tomato soup, the boys churn out interesting episodes of their school life. "They want to start and end their meal with tomato soup," says Rao.

But for Sasank's love for singing and Arka's interest in reading, the boys have identical interests. Both of them love cricket. "Arka likes all that I like," says Sasank with a giggle. "We are fortunate that my parents are with us to take care of the children and guide them in our absence," confesses Prasad Rao.

Passion for reading

Prasad Rao's day starts and ends with a newspaper. Time scarcity in the mornings allows him to only browse through the headlines. But not willing to compromise, he lets himself absorbed in their content in the nights. "I enjoy reading all newspapers and can't sleep until I have read every paper," says he savouring roti with paneer butter masala.

Ramasree has a problem with this habit of her hubby dear. Reminding of the heavy work load in the office as well as at home, she complains that his reading habit often distracts her sleep.

"I was very active in school and took part in every debate and elocution competition but do not find any time now to indulge in such activities," she laments, partaking fried rice with paneer malai kofta.

Travelling to different destinations is their way of lelaxation. The very idea of it brings to their tired minds the refreshing beauty of Munnar.

Impressed by the warmth of people here, they observe in unison, "everyone knows everyone here." Rao is happy to be back in Vijayawada with his wife and children in toe, after almost two years of shuttling between Eluru and Vijayawada.

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