Saturday, October 4, 2008



YSR with wife Vijayalakshmi and son Jaganmohan.

YSR's grandfather embraced Christianity years ago.
In an interview to, YSR's mother Jayamma said her son occasionally fails to attend Sunday Mass. According to Jayamma, YSR says, 'Even these are God's people coming from far-away villages. How can I make them wait endlessly?'
YSR, who studied at the Jammalamadugu town mission hospital, was considered a 'good student'. After completing his schooling in St John's at Bellary, he went to Loyola College, Vijayawada. YSR received his MBBS degree from Gulbarga in Karnataka in 1972.
He married Vijayalakshmi in 1971; they have a son and a daughter.
Inset, with his granddaughterYSR was first elected to the assembly in 1978.
In 1983, he was re-elected from Pulivendla, Cuddapah. Rajiv Gandhi appointed him state Congress president -- the youngest in Congress history.
The aggressive YSR has another side as well. He is a disciplinarian and is both health and hygiene conscious. He is also particular about yoga and meditation. A former sportsperson -- he was a weightlifter in his student days -- he firmly believes in the idiom, 'A sound soul in a sound body.'
YSR enjoys reading fiction in the little spare time he gets; his favourite author is Mario Puzo, who wrote the hugely popular bestseller The Godfather. Now, he often complains to friends that he finds it increasingly difficult to steal a few quiet moments to read.
YSR addresses a public rally soon after he became the state Congress chief.