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Manohar Malgaonkar (July 12, 1913 - June 14, 2010) was a prominent Indian English novelist, who
was known for his penchant for historical themes. His important works include
Distant Drum (1960), Combat of Shadows (1962), The Princes (1963),
A Bend in the Ganges (1964) and The Devil's Wind (1972).
Manohar Malgonkar was born in a royal family that had its roots in Goa, he
graduated from Bombay University in English and Sanskrit. He was active in the
Swatantra Party. He took to literature at the age of 47 with his Distant
Drum, which is considered as an "epitaph for the British Indian army". He
dealt with the freedom struggle and Partition in 'A Bend in the Ganges'.
His works of history include 'Kanhoji Angrey' (1959), 'Puars of
Dewas Senior' (1962) and 'Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur' (1971).