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Nalla ponnu, olle huduga

An emotional and passionate administrator finds the right match in levelheaded wildlife protector to overcome the professional blues, says RAMESH SUSARLA


A DECADE of experience in Indian Administrative Service clubbed with a passion to serve the society made the job look simple for the first-time District Collector, G. Jayalakshmi, in Guntur. Complex problems of geographically one of the largest districts did not give an opportunity to the family to freak out even for a dinner.

Away from the madding crowd in the cozy corner of Vajrams Residency, the family got the first opportunity during its stay in the city to keep itself away from tonnes of files and endless phone calls.

Reading the psyche of people approaching Jayalakshmi as the district magistrate for grievance redressal is a cakewalk for her.

With a post-graduation in social work with medical psychiatry specialization from Stella Maris, Chennai, to her credit, she cherishes her choice of study the most, for she finds herself most suitable to the position she holds.

Wedded to woods

If Jayalakshmi looks after the welfare ofsocial animals, her life partner, Gopinath, from the Indian Forest Service takes care of the dumb creatures in the woods and vegetation as a divisional forest officer.

An IFS from the Nagaland Cadre in 1994, he believes in rational thinking and tackling the problems with a cool head.

A doctorate in botany from Mysore University, Gopinath is the biggest support for Jayalakshmi in the moment of crisis or when she is perturbed by the day's events.- In their case, she is not the proverbial woman behind a successful man, but it is the other way round.

Encouraging her to the hilt in her endeavour not to rest till she accomplishes her tasks, he spares time for their chirpy daughter, Alankruthi, and ensures that the family equilibrium is not lost.

Truly national

A sport-loving Tamil 'ponnu' from Thanjavur got into the Union Territories Cadre in the IAS' 1995 batch and went into the wedlock with a Kannadiga classical music-lover of Kollegal in Mysore, but their four-year-old daughter speaks only Telugu. Now the couple communicates in her language.

In her kindergarten, she is the leader of the class and does not allow mama and papa to touch the TV remote when `Tom and Jerry Show' is on.While her parents were busy talking, she kept herself engaged playing games in cell phone. She was clear in choosing her food. "White soft noodles please," she ordered. Accompanied with a cup of tomato sauce, tomato soup and spring rolls, she completed her dinner.

A keen reader of biographies, Jayalakshmi is interested in Russian literature and the lives of Lenin, Karl Marx left an impact on her thinking on equality in opportunities for all and to an extent made her take up a degree in sociology. Good at basketball and volleyball in her school and college days, she picked up a bit of shuttle badminton and helps promote sports in the district with her attachment to the games.

A music-loving family, it steals a few evenings to watch a movie at home, but everyone has different taste in watching TV programmes.

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