Author: Manohar Malgonkar

Profile: Manohar Malgonkar born in Jagalbet Village in Karwar district in Belgaum District, Karnataka, is a contemporary of Mulk Raj Anand and R.K. Narayan.  Manohar Malgonkar was an author of both fiction as well as nonfiction in the English language in India. Besides this he was also a civil servant, an army officer, a mine owner, and a farmer.

Despite his huge contribution to writing in English in India, he has been largely ignored. It is said that he would definitely be a global name in the thriller and mystery genres in today’s times.

Writing style: Manohar Malgonkar was pioneer in the genre of thrillers and mysteries and wrote books like Bandicoot Run, Spy in Amber, Cactus Country, A Bend in the Ganges, etc. during a time when these genres were not too popular in India.

Published Texts:


1959 – The Sea Hawk: Life and Battles of Kanhoji Angrey

1960 – Distant Drum

1962 – A Combat of Shadows

1963 – The Princes

1964 – A Bend in the Ganges

1971 – Spy in Amber

1972 – The Devil’s Wind (on the life on Peshwa Nana Sahib)

1978 – Shalimar

1982 – Bandicoot Run

Historical accounts

1963 – Puars (Pawars) of Dewas Senior

1971 – Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur

1978 – The Men Who Killed Gandhi

1980 – Cue from the Inner Voice: The Choice Before Big Business

1996 – Dropping Names

Short Stories

A Teller of Tales

The Garland Keepers

Cactus Country

1974 – A Toast in Warm Wine and Other Short Stories

In Uniform

1975 – Bombay Beware

1977 – Rumble-Tumble

1990 – Four Graves and Other Stories

Inside Goa

Two Red Roosters


Awards and Acknowledgements:

Manohar Malgonkar wrote a weekly column for many years covering topics in a wide range which were published in newspapers like the Deccan Herald and The Statesman, in India. Rupa Paperbacks and Orient Paperbacks were the publishers for most of his books.


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