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Collective, yet selective

If Prabhakara Reddy derives contentment in the job he handles with great ιlan, Padmaja has found her oasis in the harmony of their home, says P. Sujatha Varma.


THINGS DON'T really work out in ways we foresee. But there could be an option. An option of making bright visualizations of what we want.

They are busy and perhaps have not been able to spend as much time with each other as they would have liked to. But, they never failed each other in affection and respect. Give them any situation, they accept it as a gift and enjoy. That is the awesome couple -- K. Prabhakara Reddy, the Collector of Krishna district and his wife, Padmaja.

Achat with the Collectortakes you down the memory lane, an interesting narration of his long journey that began on a somber note. But, success has never been elusive to him. He recollects with great enthusiasm his posting to Vijayawada city as the Managing Director of the Vijayakrishna Super Market in 1986. "The market was in doldrums and its revival at a time when all odds were against me, was a major challenge. But, I remained unfazed and surged ahead with loads of confidence. After undergoing a brief training at Chennai in marketing strategies, I returned with renewed strength, more determined to prove my grit," he says.

A `Super' success

His proposal to introduce self-service system in the market raised many an eyebrow. But, he went about his job as if he were possessed. The intricacies of marketing strategies he studied in Chennai came handy for him to prove the public wrong. The super market was reduced to a rubble in the aftermath of the killing of vangaveeti Mohana Ranga. But, then, it was Reddy who turned it around and reopened it in just 100 days of its burning.

A reference to the aftermath of the Pushkaram carnival, which began with thedeath of four persons prompting the State Government to issue transfer orders to the District Collector and the City Police Commissioner, brings a victorious smile on Padmaja's face. "It waspart of the ups and downs that are attached to his job. He was a bit worried and I was worried for him. But, as was expected, he bounced back."

Padmaja's words carry a price tag. They flow like Vedic chants that almost put you in a state of trance. Talking to her is an exhilarating experience. Whoever said love begins to fade with the passing years. "People like him can never grow old," she exclaims with a fond gaze that constantly rests on him for a while.

Undying love

The admiration she had for the `boy next door', Prabhakara Reddy, whom she met in his native district of Cuddapah where they were neighbours, is intact even to this date. "He is a wonderful husband and a delightful father to our two daughters. We have a third daughter -- a friend of our younger girl. She is so close to the hearts of all our family members that we have adopted her into our family. Our world is centered around thegirls who are our precious treasure. He gels well with them. They always had fun whereas I was forced to shoulder the hateful job of reprimanding them, keeping in view their academic pursuits," she says with a slight regret, sipping watermelon juice.

A native of Anantapur, Padmaja hails from a closely-knit family where the members look up to each other for the smallest of their emotional needs. Brimming with happiness, she speaks on relishing the hari-bhari kebab, "I have loved and cherished each moment of our togetherness."

Globe-trotter

Reddy thanks God for endowing him with the best opportunity of visiting marvellous places across the globe. He went to Egypt, England, France, several other European countries, Australia, at least once, and the US of A many a time. Each place has a unique distinction, he says. He recalls how a village in Nepal is still kept intact as it was 200 years ago. Everything there, except the people, were 200-year-old. Padmaja, however, travelled to the US twice.

Unlike many who carry home the mess at the work place, Prabhakara Reddy chooses to be different. "The best part of him is that he leaves official problems at the threshold and enters with a broad smile that lights up the entire house and energises all of us," she says referring to his infectious grin that has a magnetic charm.

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