Manohar Malgonkar passes away


Noted English author Manohar Malgonkar ages 97 passed away yesterday at his bungalow named Burbusa in remote Jabalpet in Joida, Uttara Kannada district.

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.



  1. Could anyone please help me with any kind of information about Mr.Mulgaonkar's novel "Distant Drums" ?
    The text of the mentioned novel seems to be inaccessible , neither is there any review found.

  2. may he rest in peace. but where do we get copies of his novels from?
    the princes is not available, neither is Distant Drum

  3. Sorry to learn about the demise of Shri Manoharji.Surely he could be one of the best read creative Indian writers in English language.His “Princes” reveals the feudalistic cult of the Indian States during british regime and grossly depicts the confusion in the minds of royal dynasties at the time when Britishers left India.

    May his soul REST IN PEACE


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