Born: 12 July 1913
Died: 14 June 2010
- He was an Indian author of both fiction and nonfiction in the English language.
- He was also a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner, and a farmer.
- He joined the army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Maratha Light Infantry.
- He retired from service at the age of 39.
- 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.
- He lived in a remote bungalow called ‘Burbusa Bungalow’ located at Jabalpet in Joida Taluk in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.
- His only child Suneeta, who was educated at the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, died in 1998.
- For many years, he 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.
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