In January last year, when Mahashaya Dharampal Gulati found out that he had been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the king of spice celebrated with rabri and milk. It was a rare indulgence in an otherwise disciplined lifestyle. Gulati attributed the secret of his long life to spartan food habits, regular exercise and laughing often and hard. On Thursday morning, the resounding laughter fell silent when the 97-year-old passed away in a Delhi hospital following post-Covid complications.
“Mahashaya ji was diagnosed with Covid on November 2 and he recovered. But his cough persisted so we admitted him to hospital again. He suffered a heart attack on December 2 and multi-organ failure soon after,” said Rajinder Kumar, executive vice-president of Mahashian Di Hatti, the spice brand created by Gulati. Gulati was in good spirits and spent his time making video calls to family.