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In search of new horizons

A simple yet strong Tulasi makes it to the IAS in her very first attempt



FIRST SHOT Tulasi achieved 44th rank in UPSC in her first attempt Photo: Raju V.

Success is her obsession. Meticulous and sharp, she likes to be organised. Giving 100 per cent to whatever she does is the style of Maddineni Tulasi who secured 44th rank in the Union Public Service Commission exam and is poised to enter the IAS. "As a child, I was always fascinated by the sight of people thronging a district Collector for solution to their woes," she says. Get her engaged in a tete-e-tete and the prospective civil servant comes across as a strong individual with a mature outlook. "Success was anyway a foregone conclusion to me," says the 23-year-old girl who is a great source of inspiration to others. Family is of utmost importance to her and learning the right values from childhood has certainly helped her mould her personality in accordance with the demands of her prospective assignments.

Bookworm

"I was very studious and loved reading books. Constant attempts by my games teacher to make me play failed, as I always preferred curling up in some corner with a book in my hand.

If Enid Blytons ignited my creative urge, Nancy Drews acclimatised me to the lanes and by-lanes of the USA.

Hardy Boys and Famous Five were other favourites which I loved sharing with my two younger sisters Lakshmi and Manasa," she says recounting the pleasures of childhood.

"I was good in economics. So deep was my bond with books that I used to barter them for solving an economics problem for my friends," she recalls with a glint in her eyes. At the threshold of a more focused journey, Tulasi is committed to making sure things are just right. Books, pillion riding, family and cooking are a major source of happiness for this self-driven girl with loads of confidence.

Tulasi, surprisingly, never went to a college. She straightaway joined the foundation course for Chartered Accountancy as soon as she completed her 12th grade in Atkinson School in the city.

She did her Bacherlors in Commerce privately from Nagarjuna University. Unlike those knowledge freaks who move to Delhi or Hyderabad for "gaining foothold" to appear for the civil services, she achieved fame sitting pretty in Vijayawada. The big news might have brought defining moments that capture the quintessential pleasure of being an achiever. But, Tulasi is raring to go, to explore newer horizons.

P. SUJATHA VARMA

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