Taarak Mehta

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Taarak Mehta
Born December 1929 (age 86)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Occupation columnist, humorist, writer

Taarak Mehta is an Indian columnist, humorist, writer and playwright who is best known for the column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma in the Gujarati language. He has translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati, and has been well-known figure in the Gujarati theatre.[1]

The humorous weekly column first appeared in Chitralekha in March 1971 and ever since has been looking at contemporary issues from a different perspective. He has published 80 books, over the years, three books are based on the columns he wrote in Gujarati newspaper, Divya Bhaskar while rest were compiled from the stories in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.[2]

In 2008 SAB TV, a popular entertainment channel in India, started a show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah that is based on his column,[3] and soon it became the flagship show of the channel.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Taarak Mehta comes from a Jain family. He lives in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he moved in 2000, with his second wife, Indu, of over 30 years. His first wife, Ila who later married Manohar Doshi, (died 2006), also stayed in the same apartment building. He has daughter from his first marriage, Ishani, who stays in US, and has two children, Kushaan and Shailee.[2][5]


He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.[6]


  • Duniya ne Oondha Chashmah
  • Aa Duniya Panjarapole
  • Action Reply ½
  • Albelun America Vanthelun America
  • Champaklal Tapuni Jugalbandhi
  • Betaj Batali Baj Popatlal Taraj
  • Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah


  1. ^ Contemporary Indian theatre: interviews with playwrights and directors. Sangeet Natak Akademi. 1989. p. 159. 
  2. ^ a b "Tarak Mehta is 'booked'!". DNA (newspaper). Mar 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Comedy Inc!". Indian Express. Jul 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Laughing away to success". Indian Express. Jul 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tragedy strikes Tarak Mehta". The Times of India. Jul 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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