A novelist, poet and critic from Gujarat. Columnist for numerous newspapers such as Sandesh, Janmabhumi, Nirikshaka and Divya Bhaskar. He was a teacher at the Gujarat University until his retirement in 1998. His most significant contributions have been in Gujarati language but he has also written Hindi articles. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 for his novel trilogy Uparvas. He received Jnanpith Award, considered to be India’s highest literary award, in 2015. Authored more than 80 books and received numerous literary awards.