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Manohar Malgonkar (born 12 July 1913) is an Indian English language author of fiction and nonfiction.

Manohar Malgonkar was born in a royal family, and educated at Bombay University. He was an officer in the Maratha Light Infantry, a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer, and he also stood for parliament. Most of that activity was during momentous times of Indian history -- the build up to independence and its aftermath -- often the settings for his works.

The socio-historical milieu of those times form the backdrop of his novels, which are usually of action and adventure, probably reflecting, in some way, his own life. He has also written non-fiction including biography and history.

Manohar Malgonkar lives in a remote bungalow, at some distance from the town of Belgaum [Karnataka]]. Unfortunately, his only child Sunita (educated at the famous Lawrence School Sanawar), a talented person like him, died rather young. Manohar being an extremely tough person has survived this.


The list of works below is not complete.

Most of these were works published by Orient Paperbacks or by Rupa Paperbacks in India.

  • A Teller of Tales
  • Distant Drum
  • Combat of Shadows
  • The Princes
  • A Bend in the Ganges
  • The Devil’s Wind
  • The Sea Hawk: Life and Battles of Kanhoji Angrey
  • Chatrapatis of Kolhapur
  • Puars of Dewas Senior
  • Spy in Amber
  • Shalimar
  • The Garland Keepers
  • Bandicoot Run
  • Cactus Country
  • A Toast in Warm Wine
  • In Uniform
  • Bombay Beware
  • Rumble-Tumble
  • Four Graves and other stories
  • Inside Goa
  • Dropping Names
  • Garland Keepers
  • The Men Who Killed Gandhi

For many years, Malgonkar wrote a weekly column covering wide range of topics, which were published in Indian newspapers like The Statesman and Deccan Herald.


Padmanabhan, A., "The Fictional World of Manohar Malgonkar", Atlantic Publications, 2002.

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