Born in a Royal family on July 12 ,1913. He graduated from Bombay University in English and Sanskrit. He served in the Maratha Light Infantry, in counter-intelligence, and on the Army’s General Staff during the Second World War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He later took to business and farming. He owned and operated manganese mines near Jagalbet.
Malgonkar has to his credit eight novels and nearly 50 stories. He has also been an acclaimed writer of non-fiction and history. For several years Manohar Malgonkar’s weekly column covering a wide range of topics featured in Indian newspapers including The Statesman and Deccan Herald.
He had a very good connection with Belgaum and often visited the city.
He wrote five English novels: Distant Drum (1960), Combat of Shadows (1962), The Princes (1963), A Bend in the Ganges (1964), and The Devil’s Wind (1972). His works of history are Kanhoji Angrey (1959), Puars of Dewas Senior (1962), and Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur (1971). He wrote scripts for movies,short stories and many newspaper articles.