By Our reporter
Pravakar Shumsher Rana, Chairman Emeritus of the Soaltee Crowne Plaza, passed away last Thursday, 30 June, while undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation center in New York, USA.
Rana, 84, a pioneer in hotel and tourism industry in the country, had undergone an unsuccessful back-bone surgery last year in New York. Since then, he was bed-ridden for almost one year.
Late Rana, son of Nar Shumsher Rana and grandson of Juddha Shumsher Rana, is survived by son Siddhartha and daughter Maya.
A graduate with honors from Patna University, Rana was affiliated with various international organizations. Along with receiving many national medals, he was also decorated by a British medal. He was life member of PATA and Emeritus President of Hotel Association Nepal.
He was also founding member of many successful ventures such as Surya Enterprises, Himalaya Godrik, Surya Tobacco, Himal International Power Corporation Ltd and Sipradi Trading Company. He was also founding president of Heritage Society of Nepal. Besides, he was involved in various social services.
Visionary business leader Rana’s demise is a great loss for the nation.
His body was cremated in New York and his remains was brought to Kathmandu to perform the last rites as per the Hindu tradition.
People’s Review weekly family prays to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and extends heartfelt condolences to late Rana’s son Siddhartha and daughter Maya and other members of the bereaved family.
Consultant Editor M.R. Josse adds:
Deeply grieved to learn of passing after prolonged medical treatment in New York of Prabhakar Shumshere Rana, virtually synonymous with Kathmandu’s storied Soaltee Hotel.
Though born with the proverbial
silver spoon in his mouth he chose to contribute to society in a variety of plebeian ways, including most visibly, in Nepal’s nascent hotel and tourism sector.
Less known however was his unrivaled role as an informal doyen of the diplomatic corps, and acting as a conduit and bridge between the Palace and senior politicians, even with revolutionaries.
A keen observer of the tangled Nepali political scene, and a voracious reader of Kathmandu’s rambunctious newspapers and journals, it was always a stimulating experience to, from
time to time, engage in ‘mini seminars’ with him and a few colleagues, refreshed not only by his acute insights but by the snacks served from Soaltee’s fabled kitchen.
Often gained from his repertoire of stories including those relating to such international luminaries as Henry Kissinger and Senator Diane Feinstein.
Was deeply honored to have him among my readers and will ever cherish memories of the polished, cultured quintessential gentleman.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!