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