Manohar Malgonkar (Marathi: मनोहर माळगांवकर; 12 July 1913 – 14 June 2010[5]) was an Indian author of both fiction and nonfiction in the English language.


Malgonkar was born into a royal family, and educated at Bombay University. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maratha Light Infantry,[6] a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer,[7] and 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 Jabalpet in Joida Taluk in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.[8] His only child Suneeta, who was educated at the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, died in 1998.[6]


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

  • 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)


  • 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
  • Garland Keepers