Solu Birleştirecek Adam

Solu Birleştirecek Adam

14-06-2020

16:03

Small but sincere tribute for Man of Many Roles #ManoharMalgonkar. I remember that day, 18-20 years ago, my father, a big fan of Gandhi Nehru and a closet Communist brought few old books (He read everything & I'm like him) & in that bundle there was #TheMenWhoKilledGandhi.

being a huge admirer of God Sent Godse, I was eager to know what was inside. And thus I got exposed to the writings of Manohar Malgonkar. On his punya tithi, I try to share some unknown historical incidents and also fictional writings which came out of his pen along with his

life story in brief. Born on 12 July 1913 for a Royal Family at Karwar, Karnataka, Manohar had his schooling at Belagavi and Dharawad, graduated from Mumbai University. An Extremely Shy Individual Who Rarely Consented For Photographs, Manohar was once a professional big-game

hunter (shot eight tigers) He later gave up the pursuit and became a fierce wildlife conservationist. Later, 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. He was 46 when he wrote his first book, The Sea Hawk: Life and Battles of Kanhoji Angrey (1959) full of details of turbulent times when Maratha were at war with Mughals. The assertion of Kanhoji

in wresting naval power from foreign hands, and his battles with Siddi and British to establish himself architect of Indian Navy during early 18th century. The next year came Distant Drum.(1960) his army life experiences were beautifully reflected in Distant Drum and the book

laid bare the spirit of the Bharatiya soldier. In 1960 he came with "Combat of Shadows" a thriller involving Englishman and an AngloIndian woman who wanted to be his partner for life. (Read this, you put Sidney Sheldon aside, I guarantee) The Next year in 1963, Manohar came with

"The Princes", believe me friends, this is non fiction under reality, it tells the story of a fictional prince, the extravagance of his father & his mutual love with the subjects of his kingdom & how the integration might not have been as smooth as we all study in the textbooks.

In the same year in 1963, Manohar came with another historical account of Marathas, The Puars of Dewas Senior. In 1964, came one of the most highly revered book about Gandhi's Civil Disobedience, Congress's Blind Eye towards Common man & Ends in Partition Killings.

The novel depicts personal and national events of Bharat which occurred during the partition. For next 6 years, he spent his life on extensive research but regularly writing columns for many newspapers including @TheStatesmanLtd and @DeccanHerald. In 1971, he came with 2 books

Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur and a Spy in Amber. Chatrapati dealt with the rise and fall of the Marathas between Chhatrapati Shivaji and Chhatrapati Shahi Maharaj, then present Chhatrapati of Kolhapur, between that there was three centuries of history and HOW MARATHAS FELL

The Spy in Amber is altogether a different experience, I didnt even bother to have food while reading. It engross you with suspense and tension, Spy in Amber is an iconic espionage thriller. Remember my tweet about Nana Sahib Peshwa, it got RTs from many Blue Tick Nationalists

My tweet was inspired from this book "The Devil’s Wind" which came in 1972. This historical narrative explains Manohar's absence for 6 years without any book. It is the story of Nana Saheb, the heir of the last Peshwa of the Maratha , who played a leading role in the 1857 War

of Independence. It provides a sympathetic portrait of a man whom the British portrayed as a great villain, and is based on historical sources as far as possible. The book is written as an autobiography in which Nana Saheb describes his life in his own words. In 1978, again

after 6 year gap, Manohar Malgonkar came with Shalimar (Made into movie starring @aapkadharam) and the great historical narrative "THE MEN WHO KILLED GANDHI" which proves how Nehru tried to frame Savarkar for Gandhi's death and how Dr BhimRao Ambedkar thwarted the attempt..

Malgonkar’s book is a result of painstaking research and from also having privileged access to many important documents and photographs related to the assassination. The four individuals who were convicted for Gandhi’s murder completed their life sentences, and were interviewed

by Malgonkar. They revealed many details which were never known before. Manohar also received access to the Kapur Commission. The Men Who Killed Gandhi is considered the most historically accurate account of Gandhis assassination plot. (Read My Last Tweets Of Pinned Tweet)

Manohar wrote 8 Novels and more than 50 Short Stories, After his only daughter Sunita died at a very young age and the death of his wife in the eighties, he had been living a lonely life and he preferred an isolated life till his death. Manohar attained Moksha on 14-Jun2-2010

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