Sharma’s Love For Work Keeps Her On The Move

While operating her own business, Lalini Sharma dreams of becoming a char­tered accountant one day.
03 Jan 2022 13:58
Sharma’s Love For Work Keeps Her On The Move
Custom Spare Parts (Fiji) managing director Lalini Sharma at her shop in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A devoted wife and a business­woman, these are the roles that Lalini Sharma takes seriously.

She is also a part-time mechanic to her husband and single-handedly runs her own motor vehicle sparepart shop in Nawaicoba, Nadi.

Ms Sharma has used her expe­rience and business acumen to provide a service in the motoring world.

To date, she is proud to be the owner of Custom Spare Parts (Fiji).  She deals with all her company ac­counts, customer service, buying and overall managing of the business.

Her motivation stems from her eagerness and passion to learn in what is often classified ‘a man’s world’.

“I think I’m the first spare part shop woman owner with mechanical knowledge which I have learnt from my partner,” she said.


Ms Sharma, 38, is originally from Ba. She attended Namosau Meth­odist Primary School from Years One to Eight before she enrolled at Kamil Muslim College from Years Nine to 13.

She comes from an average family background where her dad, Chan­drika Prasad Sharma, a Hindu pun­dit was the sole income earner in the family. Her mother, Lalita Devi always stood beside and advised her on what is wrong and right in life.

She has a sister and three broth­ers.

Her career journey

When she moved to Nadi in 2003, she became a cashier at Tappoos and rose up the ranks.

She completed her degree in ac­counting and management from Fiji National University.

The completion of a fire training and occupational safety and health (OHS) course has been useful.  She has successfully completed a baking and pastries course with TPAF.

In 2008 she joined Chase Apparel until 2012.

Three years into her job she found a stint in the tour­ism industry and started work as an accounts personnel at various properties.  These include the Denarau Shuttle, 2014 – 2015 with Turtle Island Resort and then at Fish on Denarau from 2015 – 2019.

She was later promoted to be an ac­countant and after that to adminis­trator manager.

“I have struggled a lot to be suc­cessful in life,” she said.

Things did change for the better in 2015 when she married Karan Kumar of Navo, Nadi, a successful mechanic.

Later In 2019 they discussed open­ing a motor vehicle spare part shop and lubricants.

“We also do motor vehicle servic­ing, mechanic works and panel beat­ing. I’m still in business despite this pandemic,” she said.

“In today’s world I deal with car parts and lubricants. Almost all of my customers are male. I feel proud of myself for managing a part shop when I started in 2019 I had no knowledge of car parts, filters, and lubricants,” Ms Sharma said.

She acknowledged her husband, Karan Kumar who has been a pillar of strength and support.

“I have sacrificed and spent most of my time doing research to get knowledge of car parts. I have spared all my free time doing re­search for car parts lubricant.”

Ms Sharma wants to see herself in 10 years as a well-established business entity importing various parts, tyres and lubricants in the county.

“Maybe my dream will be true within five years from now. All units I will be doing are ac­counting units,” she said.

“As a business we all strive with the objective of getting more cus­tomers in the shop. I would like to thank all my customers.

“Given the chance I want to see myself in Parliament as well.”

Furthermore, the couple are old school car lovers, brining to life some of the old signature vehicles which do not run on our roads these days.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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