Nandshankar Tuljashankar Mehta

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Nandshankar Tuljashankar Mehta

Born: 21 April 1835

Died: 17 July 1905

  • He was an Indian Gujarati language author and social reformer.
  • He is known for Karan Ghelo, the first original novel in Gujarati.
  • He was also a member of the Buddhivardhak Sabha which was established in Bombay in 1851.
  • After retirement in 1890, he worked with several organisations.
  • He died on 17 July 1905 in Surat.
  • He was the father of Manubhai Mehta and the grandfather of Hansa Mehta.
  • He was also maternal grandfather of Sumant Mehta.
  • He wrote his only novel Karan Ghelo which he started in 1863 and completed in 1866.
  • The novel depicts Karan Vaghela, the last Rajput ruler of Gujarat (c.1296 – 1304) who was defeated by the Turkish forces of Alauddin Khilji in 1298.
  • He translated R. G. Bhandarkar’s Sanskrit Margopadeshika and an English textbook on trigonometry into Gujarati.
  • He had written several articles in newspapers.
  • His son, Vinayak Mehta, had written his biography.

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