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Banking on each other

In her, an unknown grace and, in him, a dogged determination. Together, they make up a right blend of beauty and brains matching in wit and humour, and sharing a fruitful partnership that is in its silver jubilee year, says G. Ravi Kiran


V.V.S. Suryanarayana, Assistant General Manager, Andhra Bank, takes it easy or rather as a complement when his better half taunts him ingood humour, "aayana time anta Andhra Bank tinestundi" (Andhra Bank eats all his time). Nothing explains more about a man, who loves being a manager more than any higher position. He always likes to be in the thick of everday banking, attending to customer needs and getting the real kick of it.

Meeting people

"Certainly, it was those days when I derived utmost satisfaction. Hordes of customers and loads of work. A manager's job is indeed hectic and people-based," says Suryanarayana, who seems feeling estranged from people after scaling higher positions in the career ladder and has come to be the AGM of one of the best-performing banks in the district.

Lakshmi may not immediately recall one thing that she likes in her husband, whom she has known all these years as a workaholic going to the office promptly at 9.30 am and returning only a few hours after dusk. But a very outspoken woman, she gives a quick response if asked about any quality that she does not like in him. "He has a short-temper. He flies into a rage if anything goes amiss in the hour before he leaves for office. That hour-long preparation is a bit tense," she adds.

The more interesting aspect about her is that she would consult her husband to know what to tell when asked about things that she has liked in him. A good-natured husband that he is, Suryanarayana would tease her further asking her to recount all the shortcomings that she usually finds in him.

Maths buff

Spiritually inclined and disciplined, the couple enjoys the battle of wits between them both every minute, hour and day. She complains about unopened lunch box returning home and he returns it saying, "It comes back unopened because it contains the same rice that you serve in the brunch."

Blessed with two children, they have married off their elder one, a daughter, last year, and their second child, son, is studying engineering.

Suryanarayana is a lover of mathematics. A believer in himself, he has seen to it that his two children do not depend on tuitions outside and he personally has guided them in their studies throughout. This, perhaps, was one way he satiated his passion for maths.

As he proudly claims to have been a teacher to his kids, Lakshmi doesn't lose a moment to say: "He studied class 10 and intermediate thrice: once for himself and twice for the kids."

Lakshmi, who has a liking for watching TV serials, could never do so, thanks to the channel-surfuing husband and children. She read almost all Telugu novels that hit the stands inher younger days. Super Star Krishna fascinated Suryanarayana the most in his college days. And, now the couple likes the up-and-coming artiste, Sivaji. They liked his role in the new Missamma.

"We may differ on many counts. But, we comprise perfectly when it comes tofood," she says, munching apiece of spring rollat Springs in D.V.Manor. And, he takes over from her tosay: "I like the pongali with a lot of black pepper made by my wife. Allam chutney is a good helping to with it. And, she too likes the delicacy the most." Having worked at different places, the couple - Venkata Satya Surya Narayana and Surya Satya Lakshmi -- wish to have a working stint at Visakhapatnam where both of them went to college and university.

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