Manohar Malgonkar

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Manohar Malgonkar (Marathi: 12 July 1913, [karwar district] |url content/75597/malgonkar-passes-away.html|title =Malgonkar passes away|date =2010-06-15|accessdate =2010-06-17|work Deccan HeraldCite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). He retired from service at the age of 39.[1] He also stood for parliament.

Most of that activity was during the build-up to Indian independence and its aftermath, often the settings for his works. The socio-historical milieux of those times form the backdrop of his novels, which are usually of action and adventure. He also wrote non-fiction, including biography and history.

Malgonkar lived in a remote bungalow called 'Burbusa Bungalow' located at Jagalbet in Joida Taluk in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.[2] His only child Suneeta, who was educated at the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, died in 1998.[3]


For many years, Malgonkar wrote a weekly column covering a wide range of topics, which was published in Indian newspapers like The Statesman and Deccan Herald. Most of his books were published in India by Orient Paperbacks or by Rupa Paperbacks.


Historical accounts[edit]

  • Puars (Pawars) of Dewas Senior (1963)
  • Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur (1971)
  • The Men Who Killed Gandhi (1978)
  • Cue from the Inner Voice: The Choice Before Big Business (1980)
  • Dropping Names (1996)

Short Stories[edit]

  • A Teller of Tales
  • The Garland Keepers
  • Cactus Country
  • A Toast in Warm Wine and Other Short Stories (1974)
  • In Uniform
  • Bombay Beware (1975)
  • Rumble-Tumble (1977)
  • Four Graves and Other Stories (1990)
  • Inside Goa
  • Two Red Roosters


  1. ^ Uday (16 June 2010). "Manohar Malgonkar passes away - All About Belgaum". All About Belgaum. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Malgonkar's books, antiques seek attention". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference MM1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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

Janet M. Powers. "Manohar Malgonkar" South Asian Novelists in English. Ed. Jaina C. Sanga. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003. 136-143

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