Catering business pioneer no more

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Catering business pioneer no more

Jan 11, 2015-

Talk of the food business in Nepal and the name BL Sharma pops up in everyone’s head. From the Rana regime to monarchy to the republic, a lot has changed in Nepal--but all these rulers have cherished their taste buds with delicious raspberries and sweets catered by Sharma and his popular food brand Amrit Bhandar. Sharma passed away on Sunday, aged 89.

Sharma started his business from a sweets shop at New Road in 1943, when such outlets were few and far between in the Valley. He later expanded his business to catering service--a completely new venture in the country. “At the time, there were no proper catering services and soon Sharma’s business was a huge success,” said Shrawan Kumar Agrawal, his close friend and former chairperson of Marwadi Sewa Samiti.

Sharma’s Anmol Catering has hosted banquets at receptions hosted by the President, Prime Minister and political parties. “He was also very close to political leaders of various generations,” Agrawal said.

Agrawal remembers Sharma as an extrovert and witty man with prompt humours. “He would treat everyone the same and was an open book with no hidden agendas,” he said. “He was also very loving and an extraordinary businessman with a vision.”

Sharma, who was a long-time patient of diabetes and heart disease, succumbed to his illness during treatment at Norvic International Hospital. Sharma’s last rites will be performed after his grandson arrives from Canada on Monday. Sharma is the father-in-law of businessman Binod Chaudhary.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:17

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