Divinity & beauty
Lotza care and attention and a fine touch up here and there has enabled Rao and Deepa to lend a divine beauty to their dwelling, says Harjeet Kaur ALLAGH
HIGH WALLS and a perfect landscape keep the abode of D.Venkateswara Rao, a businessman and his better half, Deepa, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Ring Road. That the house is located almost on the road-shoulder of National Highway No.5 is hardly felt once you are inside the premises.
The long drive from the main gate leads to the porch illuminated with lanterns in colourful patchwork, imported from Pipli in Orissa.
Venkateswara Rao is a God-fearing person. A soft music of Suprabhatam reverberates the house at the flick of a switch from the bedecked statue of Lord Venkateswara, encased in a decorated frame.
Paintings and statues of Gods strategically placed at all corners of the house depict the attitude of the people living in it. classy
A statue of Radha-Krishna, carved out from a priceless jade stone originating in Afghanistan, occupies the nucleus of the house. Sofa sets with velvet and satin covers and lace drapes speak volumes of Deepa's classy taste.
Endowed with a talent in Kuchipudi dance, Deepa is also very fond of music. Her favourite singer is S.P.Balasubrahmanyam. Paintings of Subroto Sen adorn the walls lending a rich look to the interiors.
A fitness freak
A 44-inch projection TV set connected to a DVD player in the drawing room unravels the other side of Rao - that he is a movie buff to the core. He is a fitness freak and his other interests are swimming and chilling out with friends.
The dining area is spacious and has been separated from the drawing room with the help of curtains. Opting for an elaborate dining table for a family comprising just three members goes to show that the couple takes pleasure in entertaining guests frequently.
The kitchen is large and equipped with all paraphernalia required by a good cook. The master bedroom is stark and simple sans any grandiose beds and mattresses.
Much thought has gone into designing of the puja room with its carved doors bearing Shankha-Chakrams, Garudas and peacocks
The spiral marble staircase is imposing, to say the least while posts are flanked by tall ceramic pots and plants.
The three bedrooms on the first floor are tastefully done while special attention has been bestowed on their only daughter, Nohitha's room. She is the apple of their eye. Her portraits all over the house are an ample demonstration of their love for her. Stuffed toys and other girlie things enhance the beauty of the room. All of 12 years, she loves to dance and is learning music and also manages to find time to bury her nose in storybooks.
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