For old timers in Jamia Millia Islamia, Budh Ram doesn’t need any introduction as many of students then grew up eating his finger-licking chole at store that was dismantled later on. Though Budh Ram’s business slowed down during his lifetime as students got attracted to fast food chains that mushroomed in the locality, he continued to serve his chole for die-hard foodies.
Now, when he is dead, it is his wife who has continued his tradition to sell chole at Jamia.
Known Jamia alumnus Nasir Sultan Qazi wrote on his timeline: “A man who introduced the new recipe called chole fry is no more. Budh Ram we will miss your tasty chole during our next alumni meet in November.”
Though his wife continues to sell chole, she admitted that the business is not as it used to be in old times when Budh Ram’s chole fry was all the rage with students vying to have a taste of it.
These days his wife is seen selling chole at Ghaff Manzil entrance on the Jamia Road with only a few customers seen around.
However, whenever Budh Ram was alive, alumni always invited him to put his kiosk at alumni meet so as to remember the old days with his chole fry.