Ahmedabad: Popular Gujarati language humorist and writer Vinod Bhatt passed away at the age of 80 on Wednesday afternoon in Ahmedabad. The former president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad was famous for his humor columns Mag Nu Naam Mari in the extensively read Gujarati language daily Gujarat Samachar and Idam Trityam for Divya Bhaskar.

Born on January 14, 1938, at Nandol in Ahmedabad, Bhatt has been making three generations of readers laugh with his witty columns and books. The aging writer was keeping unwell for a long time and his death is a great loss to Gujarati literature. An alumnus of HL Commerce College in Ahmedabad, Bhatt held a degree in law and worked as a tax consultant during his initial days. He would do freelance writing for dailies and columns in magazines.

Other than writing columns, Bhatt has also authored 45 books in genres ranging from satire, comedy, and biography in Gujarati and Hindi, the most critical piece of work being Vinod Vimarsh in 1987 and Narmad-Ek Character in 1989. He was the recipient of the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, the highest literary award in Gujarati in the year 1989. The veteran humourist's other achievements include Kumar Chandrak in 1976, Sanskar Chandrak in 1980, Gaurav Puraskar by the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi in 2005 and Ramanlal Nilkanth Hasya Paritoshik in 2016.