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Chinna Illu? No Big Deal

A second wife is a jewel in Kohinoor land. Men brag about it, women aren't coy too.

Chinna Illu? No Big Deal
Chinna Illu? No Big Deal R. Prasad

The sudden appearance of 29-year-old Gogula Swapna Reddy, along with her baby girl, at the Hyderabad home of slain Taliban victim K. Suryanarayana, has focused attention on what is an open secret in Andhra Pradesh—the institution of the chinna illu (small house or the second home), where the second wife lives.

Swapna claimed that Suryanarayana married her on August 31, 2002, at Warangal, where he was working with Tata Teleservices, while she was a second-year BA student. When their wedding ceremony was performed at Warangal's Ramappa temple, Swapna and her family knew Suryanarayana was already married—she claims he told her that his two wives were like his "two eyes". In keeping with the china illu tradition, Suryanarayana built her a house in Sitanagaram village and sent her Rs 15,000-20,000 a month. The villagers recall him as "a loving family man" who was not around too much because he was working abroad.

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