Owner of Hyderabad’s iconic bakery dies

… yet continues to help many live


[Dawn Online] HYDERABAD, June 11: Man is mortal but legend stays. It can truly be said for late Kumar of Hyderabad’s Bombay Bakery, as its cuisine left an everlasting flavour on the taste buds of those lucky, who had the opportunity to relish these.

Kumar Thandani enjoyed seventy and two winters and met his creator on Friday in a Karachi hospital. A bachelor throughout, he left behind a sister and two adopted children. He was cremated in the evening at the crematorium at Hali Road.

The teary-eyed manager of the bakery Aziz Bhai, said that they had to pack variety of cakes for their overseas customers, of all castes and religions, as these were served to guests on Eid, Holi, Diwali, Christmas and other religious occasions.

Though the bakery was initially run by Kumar’s father but could not match the popularity it gained during the son’s tenure, said some family friends.

People from all walks of life and communities were pouring in at the bakery to pay condolence to Kumar’s adopted son Sonu, now Salman Sheikh who embraced Islam and got married into Najmauddin Sheikh’s family, a former foreign secretary.

Pahlaj Rai, grandfather of Kumar Thandani founded the bakery in the early twentieth century. It was Rai’s Swiss wife who began producing bakery items from their bungalow.

Kumar spent Rs5 million on the construction of Emergency Ward of Red Crescent Hospital, Latifabad unit 2, with cardiac facility named after his grandfather Pahlaj Rai. He also donated Rs3 million towards angiography unit, said cardiologist, Dr Fazalur Rehman.

He donated Rs150,000 per month for hospital’s upkeep, besides meeting other financial assistance whenever needed. “He always helped deserving patients if a request was made’, said Kumar’s friends. Kumar also supported hundreds of poor families.—Staff Correspondent


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13 responses to “Owner of Hyderabad’s iconic bakery dies

  1. Ally

    May he rest in peace! Ameen!

  2. AZW

    What a great person. A loss for all of us. Goes on to show that humanity transcends religions and ethnic boundaries. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  3. Octavian

    This is sad news indeed. Bombay Bakery was amazing. Though Hyderabad is a depressing city, the bakery’s coffee cake always made me happy.
    Sniff sniff.

  4. Asif

    Bombay Bakery was a must stop for us on our way from Karachi to Sukkur. I hope and pray that Mr Kumar’s son runs this bakery with as much dedication and love as his dad did. May his soul rest in peace. Pakistan lost a good man!

  5. androidguy

    There is a Karachi Bakery in Hyderabad (India)…

  6. mazhar ali

    i know kumar personally , well
    i ha’t find the word in the dictionary which can
    explain his attribute for the supporting and helping the needy peoples of all communities and religious,

    may God give his soul eternal peace.
    he was a good man and always be remembered by
    all of us for his good deeds and virtue.

    Mazhar Ali

  7. Abu Bakr Hussain Jaffri

    that is a sad news. lets hope the bakery carries on its success

  8. Ibn-e-Maryam

    He started a very good bakery. I am glad that he helped needy people with his money. His good acts will keep his name alive and I hope his successors continue following his good acts.

  9. shobhana mukhi

    I too knew Kumar Thadani and consider myself privileged to have met him, enjoyed his company, and shared his love of music and opera. I considered him a close friend and my condolence goes to his family and friends from my family. Shobhana Mukhi

  10. This used to be the best bakery in Hyderabad!

  11. Jetender Thadani

    Bombay Bakery was amazing..and icon of Hyderabad.. plz correct the spelling of late mr kumar surname. Its Thadani

  12. Haresh Vaswani

    Dear Sir. The word “mr” should be written in capital letters “Mr” Thank you very much.