Noted Indian columnist, humourist, writer and playwright from Gujarat, Taarak Mehta, passed away today morning in Ahmedabad. The renowned writer, who was 87, was suffering from a prolonged illness.
Ever since he started writing his first weekly column in Chitralekha in March 1971, there was no looking back for him. Mehta over the years published almost 80 books, out of which three books were based on the columns he wrote for Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar. One of the most popular tv shows on SAB TV, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is an adaptation of his column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chasma.’
Mehta was also awarded Padma Shri in 2015 for his contribution in the field of literature. As soon as the news of Mehta’s death broke out, people from all walks of life poured their love and offered condolences on Twitter. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also extended his condolence on hearing the news.
Mehta is survived by a daughter from his first marriage.
— Pankaj Shukla (@iPankajShukla) March 1, 2017
Saddened by the death of Tarak Mehta – humorist & columnist. He always brought smile to our faces. My condolences to family members.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) March 1, 2017
Gujarati writer and Padma Shree Tarak Mehta ji passes aways. May his soul rest in peace.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 1, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 1, 2017