CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, as friends remember him, was a lover of cricket, books and biryani. His journey changed tracks when he had to join politics at the age of 28.
Willow was his forte but fate had willed otherwise. Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy at 52 often wonders at the trickery of time. An introvert who dreamt of leading the country’s XI in cricket was sucked into the whirlpool of politics at the age of 28 after his father Amarnath Reddy’s death.
He is not a quintessential Indian politician who is characterised by a silver tongue that says things he does not mean and means what he does not say. His college friends remember him as a ‘reserved man having a few friends.’ He had three passions in life: cricket, biryani and studies. Old boys recall how he used to spend most of his time among books or playing league matches and in Mohini restaurant in Basheerbag, where he would tuck in biryani with a few chosen friends.
Kiran perchance thought wistfully when his close friend Azharuddin who played under his captainship in University and in Ranji Trophy donned the skipper blue. But later it was Azhar’s turn to salivate at his former captain’s chief ministership.
People who know him fairly closely say he is a sincere man who would not play vengeance politics. Remember how Shanker Rao bathed him with abuses over a year ago and yet he never said a word against the abuser. He is neither a fierce believer nor an agnostic. Even for the CM post he did not jostle and he, say friends and kin, is least bothered if he wins or loses: a great trait for a healthy heart.