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.
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
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
A Teller of Tales
The Garland Keepers
1974 - A Toast in Warm Wine and Other Short Stories
1975 - Bombay Beware
1977 - Rumble-Tumble
1990 - Four Graves and Other Stories
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.