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Happy journey

The innocence of Rajyalakshmi enhanced the beauty of Suryaprakash's being while their offsprings, Anika and Sarika, are the crowning glory of the couple's life, says P. SUJATHA VARMA


THOUGH MAKING adjustments and being accommodative of the other person's needs is certainly the lifeblood of any relationship, there has to be a fine balancein the process of give and take.

Giving and takingthey had been since their childhood loads of love, affection and concern for each other. Theirs was a baava-mardalla relationship that graduated to the status of a loving and responsible husband and a dutiful wife. S. Suryaprakasha Rao, the divisional manager of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Krishna district, and his wife, Rajyalakshmi, make a wonderful couple.

Suryaprakash, however, remained deprived of the pleasure of the playful pranks that gel well with the bond with a `menattha kuturu' (cousin). "She was innocent and shy and wouldn't talk much.We were brought up in the same house since childhood but she always shied away from me," he recalls during a pause between swigs of steaming chicken corn soup, as she looks on.

A quiet charm

But her quietness had its own charm that swept him off his feet. She, on her part, has been leading a content life, taking care of him and their two lovely children, Anika and Sarika, who accentuate the joy of their life.

Rao went to the Zilla Parishad High School at Vellatur in Guntur district. After completing pre-university course (PUC) from VSR College in Tenali, he shifted to Chennai to pursue a diploma in hotel management and catering technology (DHMCT) from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology, jointly sponsored by the Union Government and the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Armed with project training at hotel Ritz in Hyderabad, he then joined the Department of Space, Indian Space Research Organisation, Sriharikota, where the couple spent the most memorable years of their life. The decade that followed was a sheer bliss. Working as a guesthouse supervisor from 1973 to 1983 there was an exhilarating experience.

Restless soul

But, Rao's obsession to experiment new things didn't allow him to continue at SHAR. After a brief stint as establishment officer in Larsen and Toubro that took him to Chandrapur district of Maharashtra State, the restless soul in him wanted a change yet again. It was at this stage that he joined the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

Unable to resist the urge to linger on to the exciting years of his life at SHAR, he recounts, "the President, Abdul Kalam, used to visit the center during launch campaigns. He was then the project director of the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) at Trivandrum Space Centre. Mr. Kalam was polite but firm when it came to standing up for his beliefs or preferences. He has the wisdom to distinguish what is truly important for the country."

The news of his promotion from a supervisor to the assistant manager of the canteen section was given to him by none other than the former Chief Election Commissioner of the country, T.N.Seshan who was the additional secretary, Department of Space. "He patted my back and said I was elevated."

Multiple roles

Rao has played several roles, each with equal ιlan. The reason for his success is simple. It stems from his ability to encompass all aspects of a commoner's dreams, be it on the food or entertainment front. Rao is not the one to run out of steam.

Of the foreign lands he visited, he likes London and Munich the most. "The self-discipline and civic sense of people there is awe-inspiring," he says chomping on a spring roll. Listening to music and watching movies, though rarely, is what he does at leisure.

Nuvvu naaku nachchavu is what the twosome had been whispering to each other since childhood and that is the last film the couple saw together.

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