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1977, A Love Story

Amita, the Mills and Boon princess, and Ganeshan, akin to a character in works of James Hadley Chase, are an inspiring couple, says Mubin Sultan.


"I came, I saw and I conquered," says Ganeshan about his wife Amita. Hailing from Chennai, S.Ganeshan first visited Vijayawada with the least intention of settling here. But, after meeting the woman of his dreams, he was sure that Vijayawada was where he would be for the rest of his life.

Ice-cream love

Amita brought Ganeshan here and with him came up his company, Liners India Limited, which is internationally recognized with customers from world over. A strange encounter at an ice cream stall in an exhibition in Vijayawada had frozen their love which eventually led to their marriage - a sensation in the city those days.

Amita is a product of Atkinson school and was an all-rounder in Maris Stella College. A loyal student that she was, she still visits her college to meet her lecturers and is an active member of the Old Students Association. "She is an excellent host," certifies Ganeshan as he watches her serve him Hari Bhari Kebab and Baby Corn Majestic to go with Hot and sour chicken soup.

Not at snail's pace

It is obvious from Ganeshan's love for homemade food that Amita is a good cook. As a member of National Council for Automotive Component Manufacturers Association, Ganeshan is often out of the country. "Be it wherever, I like to go local as far as food is concerned," he says while talking about pretty little wine-shops of Italy and bistros of America. Not a McDonald's guy for sure for his dislike of cheese, it is interesting that his inclination for local food made him taste `snail' in South Korea.

Theirs is a happy family well-knit with the bonds of love, understanding and a broad outlook. "I am more a friend to my children than a father," he says. While their son Ashwin is the `take-it-easy' guy, Aarti, their daughter, is a serious woman who cannot tolerate anything that is undesirable.

Young at heart

Like any teenager and much to the delight of her offsprings, Amita enjoys the music of Bryan Adams, Boyzone, Savage Garden etc, and is very much into Mills and Boon. And the young-at-heart Ganeshan sways from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan. Fortunately, their children are against the idea of following their friends out of the country. "Why is shopping, cleaning the car or clearing garbage a shame here and a privilege anywhere outside the country," he wonders while enjoying Zaffrani Dum Biryani with Jhinga masala and Kadai Sabzi.

An example of the made-for-each-other cliché, Ganeshan has never been home without the company of his wife. The caring Amita also doesn't take her meals unless she is sure that her husband is having his fill. The couple likes travelling and Kodaikanal is their second home. Of the places Ganeshan has visited, he likes China for its civility and Germany for cleanliness. To Amita, their ride on the Venetian gondola was the most romantic of their escapes.

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