Taarak Mehta

 Tarak Janubhai Mehta was an  Indian columinst, humourist, writer and playwright who is best known for the column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma.  He translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati,  and was a Well-known figure in the Gujarati theatre. 

                              Tarak Mehta

Mehta at his residence in Ahmedabad, 2009


 His humorous weekly column first appeared in   Chitralekh in March 1971 and looked at   contemporary issues from a different   perspective. He published 80 books;  three were   based on the columns he wrote in the Gujarati   newspaper Divya Bhaskar while the rest were   compiled from the stories in Tarak Mehta ka   Ootha Chashmah. 

 In 2008 SAB TV, a popular entertainment channel in India, started the sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah chashmah  based on his columm, and soon it became the flagship show of the channal. Actor Shailesh Lodha portrays Mehta in the show. 
 
   Personal Life: 

Tarak mehta belonged to the Gujaratinaagar community. He lived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he moved in 2000,with his second wife, Indu, of over 30 year. His first Wife, Ila Who Later married Manohar Doshi (died 2006) also lived in the same apartment building. He had a daughter from his first marriage, Eshani, Who live in the United States, and has two grand- children, kushaan and Shailee. 
   
Mehata died at the age of 87 year on March 1,2017 after a prolonged illness. His family
Donated his body to medical research

   Awards: 

             The president,   pranab Mukherjee  
       Presenting the padma shri Award to
       Tarak mehata, at a civil investiture
       Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in
       New Delhi on March 30, 2015
 
Mehata was awarded the padma shri, the fourth
Highest civilian award of India, in 2015.Gujarat 
Sathiya Akadmi award him Sathiya Gaurav puraskar in 2011 and Ramanlal Nilkanth Hasya Paritoshik (posthumously)  in 2017.

      Bibliography: 

  Novels

 • Mumbai  ma Mehmaan-Yajman pareshan

 • Mehta na Monghera mehmaan

 • Aa duniya panjarapole
 
 • Tapu Tapori 

 • Kaise yeh jodi Miaye More Ram

 • Betaaj Batlibaaj Popatlal Taraaj

 • Albelun America, Vanthelum America

 • Salo sundarlal

 • Champu-Sulu ni Jugalbandi

 • Kanu Kagdo Dahitharu Lai Gayo

 • Action Replay Part 1 & 2 ( Autobiography) 

 • Mutka king Mandve Halo Africa

 • Utpatang America

 • Navarani Nondhothi

 • Tarak mehta no Tapudo

 • Tarak mehta na andha Chashma

 • 2010 na Andha chashma

 • Tapuda no Tarkhat

 • Tarak mehta ni Toli Pravase

 • Pan khay Popatlal Hamar

 • Khurshidas Makkan Ghase

 • Dodh Dahya Tarak Mehta ni Diary

 • Lade Tenu Ghar Vase

 • Double Trouble

 • Return Ticket

 • Duniya ne Oondha chashmah

 • Champaklal Tapuni Jugalbhandhi

 • Ek Shaam Boss ke Naam

 • Hu, Boss ane Banegi

 • Naraj nu Rajinamu

 • Wah America

 • Tarak Mehta ni Navlikao

     Natak (Plays) 

 • Jajo Hasi na Kadhta

 • Dahpan kisi Dadh 

 • Bandhi Muttui Lakhni

 • Ae to emaj Chalse

 • Ek Murakhne Evi Tev

 • Tarak mehta ni TV Natikao

 • Tarak mehta na Ekankio

 • Tarak mehta na Prakaash

 • Aath Ekankio