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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