Ame Badha (pronounced [əme bə.dʰã]; transl. We All) is a Gujarati humorous novel co-authored by Dhansukhlal Mehta and Jyotindra Dave, published in 1935. It is widely considered to be the second humorous novel in Gujarati literature, after Bhadrambhadra (1900) by Ramanbhai Neelkanth. The novel presents the story of protagonist Vipin from his birth to marriage.

Ame Badha
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Genrehumorous novel
Set inSurat
Media typePrint


Gujarati writer K. M. Munshi suggested that the authors, Dhansukhlal Mehta and Jyotindra Dave, write a humorous novel for his publication Gujarati. They agreed, and used to frequent Munshi's office and sometimes a restaurant to discuss the novel. Initially, the five chapters of the novel were serialized in Gujarati. When Gujarati was cancelled for unknown reasons, the novel was re-serialized in another magazine, Kaumudi. It was later published as a book in 1935.[1]

The intent of both writers was to depict a picture of contemporary social life in Surat.[2]


Twenty-seven chapters long, the novel is narrated in first person. It does not contain a continuous story, but presents events centered in Surat, the native home of both authors.[3] It offers a humorous account of social life in Surat. The plot follows the life of the protagonist, Vipin, from his birth until after his marriage.[2]

The authors expressed humor through the everyday lives of Surati people. The content depicts typical first-hand knowledge of a 'Surat-born and bred' child, with the brush of a caricaturist. The Surati love for kite-flying, the barber's daily visits, the tailor's adventures in cutting and sewing, the washerman's duties, a hundred other rounds of visits of artisans and others are included in the novel. Some of the chapters from novel include the mode of teaching by the orthodox schoolmaster, the confusion at the time of a Surati wedding, the search for the proper bride, etc.[4]


The Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature mentions that the novel remains an unparalleled classic in the field of Gujarati humorous literature.[2]


A telefilm directed by Hridaynath Gharekhan, based on Ame Badha, was broadcast on DD Girnar as an episode on the TV series Indian Classics.[when?][5] Dhansukhlal Mehta adapted the novel into a one-act play, Sari Jatu Surat (1942).[6]


  1. ^ Lavaria, Labhubhai P (31 December 2006). "Chapter 4". સ્વાતંત્ર્યોત્તર ગુજરાતી હાસ્ય સાહિત્ય: એક અભ્યાસ [Post Independence Gujarati Humorous Literature: A Study] (Ph. D.). Ahmedabad: Department of Gujarati, Gujarat University. p. 95.
  2. ^ a b c Choudhuri, Indra Nath, ed. (2011). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: D-H. Vol. II (Revised ed.). New Delh: Sahitya Akademi. p. 1287. ISBN 978-81-260-3080-4.
  3. ^ Vala, Hari (2011). "Chapter 2". ગુજરાતી હાસ્યનવલકથાઓ: એક સમિક્ષાત્મક અધ્યયન [Gujarati Humorous Novels: A Critical Study] (Ph.D) (in Gujarati). Vallabh Vidyanagar: Department of Gujarati, Sardar Patel University. p. 68.
  4. ^ Jhaveri, Krishnalal Mohanlal (1956). Further milestones in Gujarāti literature (2nd ed.). Mumbai: Forbes Gujarati Sabha. p. 322.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Thaker, Dhirubhai (2008). Abhiney Natako (360 Gujarati Natakoni Rangsuchi) અભિનેય નાટકો (૩૬૦ ગુજરાતી નાટકોની રંગસૂચિ) [Staged Plays (List of 360 Gujarati Plays)] (in Gujarati) (2nd ed.). Ahmedabad: Gujarati Vishwakosh Trust. pp. 170–171. OCLC 945585883.

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