Karimnagar: While a majority of the surrendered naxalites got involved in illegal activities, a former Maoist couple becomes the owners of a famous hotel. They strictly follow their values not only in providing quality food to customers but also in their personal lives.
Besides running their family by depending on the hotel, they also provide employment to about 15 persons. Moreover, it has reached to a position where it supplies food to almost all government programmes.
This is the story of Raja Mess owners Chandupatla Nageshwar and Swarupa. Residents of Gopalpur of Husnabad mandal, the couple joined in the then Peoples’ War Group (PWG). While Nageshwar worked as underground ground cadre for five years, Swarupa worked in jananatya mandali, the legal organisation of the extremist group.
Unable to tolerate police suppression, the couple fled to Mumbai some two decades ago. After spending few years there, they returned back and started a small hotel in Husnabad from where they shifted it to Siddipet. Finally, they settled in Karimnagar town.
Raja Mess, which started in a single room with 15 seats capacity at the entry point of the town near Lower Manair Dam, soon rose to 150 seating capacity.On an average, more than 1,500 plates of meals including 500 parcels is sold every day. Besides regular customers, other people also visit the mess to taste the food. Location of a number of car mechanic garages around the mess is a major advantage for the hotel.
Sharing his experiences with us, Nageshwar said that he had to face a lot of troubles to lead a normal life, after leaving PWG. Initially, people used to refuse rooms to set up the hotel. One of the owners forced him to vacate the room after coming to know that they were former naxalites, he said.
Besides the couple, their three sons Kranthi, Prajaraju and Laxman are also engaged in the hotel activity. He did not allow Laxman, a B Tech graduate, to join a government job on the ground that the unity of the family would be disturbed, he informed.
Raju, who maintains the hotel, said that people like their food as they do not compromise on the quality of the food which they provide at a cheaper price – full meals (vegetable) at Rs 70, chicken rice at Rs 100, and mutton rice Rs 120. Besides fine variety rice, they would prepare all materials ingredients like chillie power, turmeric, garlic and other materials on their own. Besides four curries, chetni, sambar, curd and rasam would provide to customers.