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December 9, 1937 |
Thangadh near Surendranagar, British India
|Residence||Thangadh, Surendranagar district, Gujarat, India|
Teacher (1958 - 1971)
Principal (1971 - 1996)
Shahabuddin Rathod is a Gujarati scholar, teacher and humorist.
Shahabuddin Rathod was born on 9 December 1937 at Thangadh (now in Surendranagar district, Gujarat, India). He was born and raised in a Gujarati Muslim family. He was a teacher from 1958 to 1971 and a school principal from 1971 to 1996. In addition to a good knowledge about his Islamic background and faith, he is also learned about Sanskrit language and Hinduism.
His unique style is highly respected for being quite intelligent, free of vulgarity and cheap humor and for inculcating social values and fostering communal harmony and deeper understanding of core concepts of various religions including, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, etc.
His humour books include Mare Kya Lakhavu Hatu?, Hasata-Hasavata, Anmol Atithya, Sajjan Mitrona Sangathe, Dukhi Thavani Kala, Show Must Go On, Lakh Rupiayani Vaat, Devu To Marad Kare, Maro Gadhedo Dekhay Chhe?, Hasyano Varghodo, Darpan Juth Na Bole. He had written 10 books in Gujarati and one in Hindi. Jagdish Trivedi has edited four more books from his works.
Recordings of his performances as CDs and cassettes have been selling in Gujarat for more than 20 years. One of his notable recordings is Vanechand No Varghodo.
Adaptations of his works
The television comedy series Papad Pol – Shahabuddin Rathod Ki Rangeen Duniya is based on his work. His works are also adapted into films such as Shahabuddin Rathodno Hasyano Varghodo (Gujarati, 2010).