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Blowing cold

Resembling the Flintstones cartoon character's stone-age house, Ramkumar's creative urge has helped him turn his house in Guntur into a gallery of curios, says RAMESH SUSARLA


ARDENT FOLLOWERS of Flintstones Cartoon Animated Series on the Cartoon Network channel might not be new to the concept of camouflaging modernity in the `Stone-Age' dwelling of Fred and Wilma. But for a layman, the first-floor living space created by R. Ramkumar, is a showpiece of his creative mind.


A successful entrepreneur in air-conditioning industry, Ramkumar and his wife, Padmasri, remodelled their house which was acquired half-a-decade ago. Their efforts to make their dwelling resemble a treetop house, using logs of trees that fell in the backyard of their shop in a cyclonic storm, have succeeded to a large extent.

A small garden on the porch welcomes the visitors to a different world the family has created for itself. Little seasonal flowering plants grown in the bark of a tree adorn the unique entrance through a maze of tree branches, providing the right colours and turning the surroundings into a jungle-like hideout.

Icing on the cake


Inside the house, there is nothing that has been picked up from a shelf of an art gallery. Each and every object bears the signature of a creator in the family. The pelmets on doors and windows, though do not match, have a unique identity that enhances the beauty of the place. The glass shelves carved out of natural logs that have been given intricate curves are like icing on the host of trophies, medals and prizes won in competitions like dancing, classical singing and painting by their daughter, Ravali.

A manufacturer of assembled air-conditioning units, Ramkumar has designed even dustbins to match the environs, using sheet metal. The artist in him has succeeded in giving the dustbin a form of a showpiece. That the utility value can be enhanced by providing a right angle to anything is evident in this house.


Emphasis has been laid on lending a visual depth to the walls at different levels while viewing them from any angle. Instead of wasting money on costly wallpapers or expensive paintings, Ramkumar has displayed his creative urge by drawing a few flowers and peacock feathers, using oil-based colours.

Their son, Rishith, is a cartoon movies' buff. His study room which is attached to the bedroom, has also been given the right touch. Various cartoon characters in contrasting shades find place on the dark walls. A toy monkey hanging from the study lamp, provides Rishith the much-needed relief from the monotony of books.

Close to nature


The walls facing the eastern and western side in the living room have a vivid depiction of day, night and sky, probably to lend the quality of a natural habitat to the place. Needless to say that the eastern walls have an imposing scenario of the sunrise while the western wall has a moon emerging from the white clouds - an idea conceived and given a definite shape by Ramkumar.

For Padmasri, a housewife, maintaining the house is no less a job than that of a museum curator. "It is my wife's encouragement that keeps my creative urge intact. She also takes care of my school-going children and their academic curriculum," says Ramkumar. The ancient wooden furniture that the couple has inherited from their ancestors, is a perfect match to the interior.

The kitchen is modern with a microwave oven and other gadgets. It has a serving window to the dining table that resembles a nest on a tree

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