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Major's `art'illery

A job in Army did not prevent Suresh Babu from designing his abode in a most desirable fashion, says HARJEET KAUR ALLAGH


BLESSED IS the house where the inhabitants lead a content life. The abode of Major Suresh Babu and Krishna Kumari radiates a divine charm thanks to the humility and grace that characterize the traits of the dwellers.

A perfect blend of beauty and wisdom, the structure was raised on the busy route No. 5, nearly 20 years ago. Though a native of Vijayawada, Suresh Babu's job in the defence sector kept him away from the city for a long period. Family obligations however, prompted him to opt for a premature retirement and return home.

Divine tilt

The Major shunned paratrooping to adopt pisciculture and shrimp farming and is now actively into organic farming. Suresh Babu manages to take time off for reading and host satsangs to worship and glorify Sai Baba.


The entrance gate leads to a garden that resembles an artist's palette. The couple has sprinkled spleandour in liberal doze by ushering in a riot of colours in harmonizing combination all around the place. The garden is awesome with the varieties ranging from succulent plants to exotic orchids.

The collection of artifacts used to heighten the beauty of the place should be actually seen to be believed- Cute little figurines of birds, frogs, cranes and horses in terracotta, wood, ceramic, metal, plastic and glass add to the grandeur. The porch wall is built with red tiles of terracotta and has placed on it with embellishments like carved mirrors, bells and figurines. The drawing room is a veritable mix of the antique and the modern. Wooden sofas with contemporary upholstery vie with antique wooden armchairs, a rocking chair and an antique jhoola have been converted into a unique sofa.

Making old new

Krishna is obsessed with renovation of old furniture. Conversion of old cup boards into cabinets to hold the vast collection of porcelain, glass and ceramic showpieces is a clear reflection of her creativity. Striped curtains and red-shaded furnishings add sparkle to the room. An octagonal side table has been created with old tiles. Its marble top heightens the beauty of the corner.


Deviating from the latest fad of using a vinyl sheet to sread over the dining table, Krishna opted for a cotton fabric which is simple yet appealing. The passage leading to the dining area has a huge glass etching of a Grecian couple and below it is a divan that used to be a traditional jhoola in the past.

The interior of the master bedroom reflects the refined taste of the couple. A computer, a music system and a packed bookcase vie for attention while the bright shaded drapes enliven the room. Krishna is in the habit of trying her hand at different things.

Multi-faceted

Tailoring was her initial choice that kept her busy. But over a period of time, she switched over to designing and selling furniture. For a brief period, she immersed herself in producing recycled paper. Not willing to confine her talent to a specific area, she expanded horizons to take up production of decorative candles and diyas which are now a passion. Reading and gardening is what she does in leisure.


Art and colour dominate the room shared by her two daughters, Anupama and Radhika. A book worm by nature, Anupama got married after completing a post-graduation course and is now settled in the US. Quite contrary is her younger sibling, Radhika who is a bubbly, fun-loving girl doing a course in B-Pharmacy. The room has Mhou paintings in original from Madhya Pradesh that accentuate the beauty of the space. A small and cute glass cabinet holds miniature figurines while the antique beds are in sync with the writing table. Living up to the image of the fairer sex, the girls have the dressing table crammed with cosmetics, glass bangles in delightful hues and other paraphernalia used by girls to groom their looks.


The family is incomplete without Candy, a Labrador. An integral part of the family, she is everybody's pet and is pampered by all. Showered with blessings of the Almighty, the couple knows how to make the best of the blissful state that has come to be known as its hallmark.

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