1) Allah Ho Akbar :

Man controls nothing: everything is pre-ordained. This fatalistic vein is captured in Allah Ho Akbar, Phadke's first novel. In this 1976 edition, in an elaborate preface, Phadke writes:

            "The joy of the first love, the first kiss, the first embrace, and the first coming

            together is unique. And so, following that logic, it is no surprise that an author 

            feels the same way about his first creation: be it a story, a play, or a novel.

            When I consider, from my position as a novelist today, the novel, I realize

            my feelings towards it are such ...."

Mary Corely's 'Temporal Power' has been the source of this story based in Mughal times. As the first creation of an immensely popular novelist, the novel holds a unique position.

 2) Kulabyachi Dandi

 The novel traces the successful and unsuccessful progression of a contemporary love triangle in a college setting. It is written as a first person narrative. It showed that a love story could be an apt subject for a novel. And the "Love Story" in Marathi literature was born. Phadke's novel brought into Marathi stylist language, realistic descriptions of Nature, clearly etched characters, and crisp dialogue.

 3) Jaadugaar

Jaadugaar traces the transformation in a woman embittered for several reasons against the male of the species. It created a craze among readers and catapulted Phadke to fame. His later novels were to trace every nuance of the character mindset, but Jaadugaar already showed a foretaste of what was to come. Marathi readers were treated to sweet language, characters that stood out, and crisp dialogue, perhaps for the first time, thus winning their hearts.

4) Daulat

Mans involvement by professional concerns and the ensuing separation from family drives him away from happiness. But the wealth of joy that can be derived from maintaing good family bonds is showcased in the novel Daulat. Daulat shows off the style of Phadke's language, and this novel convinced readers that his novels must be read, if only for the sheer pleasure of the language.

At the 1929 Belgaum conference, Shivram Paranjape described Phadke as "the magician who strews wealth at the court of the Marathi language". The success of Daulat lies in its language, as also in the arrangement of the plot line, the vivid characters, the witty dialogue; all of which whet the readers' appetites.

 5) Atakepaar

A young Brahmin boy born to a hide-bound family and an ambitious Muslim girl from a rich family fall in love. The situation of conflict between two cultures, two points of views, and two generations and the havoc brought about: such is the novel Atakepaar.

Mutual love is the only foundation of marital happiness: Phadke had already enunciated this principle in Kulabyyachi Dandi, Jaadugaar, and Daulat. This principle reaches its climax in Atakepaar. Religion, upbringing, values, is innate to marital bonds. The story of Sudhir and Meena, with the attendant problems opened the eyes of the keepers of faith!

 6) Niranjan

 A young girl involved with a married man, their attempts at self-control and the obvious caving-in of their resolve: mental tension at its best in Niranjan.

Natural lust and longing and its inevitable results are the novel's salient points.

 7) Kalanka-Shobha

 Kalanka-Shobha is a love story. It involves the sacrifice of self to save a loved one from blame in a heinous crime. And later, when the truth is revealed, the shame turns out to be an adornment to the reputation of the one who is prepared to sacrifice!

There is no burning question here, nor is there any sociological problem. It is the story of Shashikant, who accepts blame in place of his childhood friend Mohan.

 8) Uddhar

A young girl who seeks financial independence as a pre-requisite to personal upliftment realizes that for women's emancipation social moves must change. Phadke has made considerable strides in the writing of this novel. His portrayal of Vidya, the heroine, with her resolve, here mind-set and her desires, is effective.

9) Asha

A hedonist youth and an idealistic young woman find love against a backdrop of satyagraha. Phadke's imaginary satyagraha at Talwali is similar to the factual events of Mulshi and brings to life the conflict between idealistic and power-driven youth in a most interesting manner.

10) Kashmiri Gulab

Physical beauty, normally a woman's adornment, may sometimes be a curse, leading her to face difficulties. Kashmiri gulab tells such a story. Phadke writes this anecdotal novel in a new style, with conscious use of technique, enhancing the novel's readability. The constant pace of the plot and events in the story are the novel's chief merits.

11) Pravasi

This novel traces the life journey of a youth born with a set of strengths and weaknesses, and his constant unsuccessful struggle against circumstance. The vagaries of human existence, and the attendant ambiguity are very deftly portrayed. Punjabrao Saranjame is an unforgettable character in Marathi literature: Punjabrao is by no means a common name but the skill with which Phadke delineates this character shows his ability, pride, tenacity and carelessness as an important addition to literatures for he is a timeless creation.

 12) Samar-bhoomi

The successful love story of a youth dabbling in politics and a young woman who enters his life. The novel depicts events after the 1930 salt March and the Socialist movement that grew soon afterward.

13) Unmaad

The story of one fired up by ideas: ideas that create a remarkable life full of joys and sorrows. In Abasaheb, Phadke has created a headstrong, proud man who goes through life with love and obstinacy, sometimes tenderness and carelessness. The tide of circumstance, both of his own making almost, shows how he is a creation of his own making.


14) Gupt Prayaschit

This novel tells the story of a person who tries to hide his own terrible deeds but succumbs to the guilt, which ruins his life. It is a translation of Vicki Baum's Secret Sentence.

15) Indradhanush

This novel describes how a young girl is repulsed by the idea of physical love even in the prime of her youth but later reconciles. A challenging story line , handled very delicately by Phadke again  as he had done in deftly handling a similar subject in “Jadugaar”

16) Pratidnya

The love story of a man who believes women are a hindrance to man's progress and the daughter of a revolutionary who believes in armed violence. The novel reveals the principles of the R.S.S. and the fundamental right to bear arms.

 17) Wadal

The saga of an impassioned communist who is utterly disillusioned by the power-struggles, petty politics and intrigues within the party workers.

This is inspired from John Valtin's 'Out of the Night'. John Valtin is the pseudonym of Richard J. Krebs. It is not a novel, it is history. But the style is unmistakable. And Phadke deserves full credit, as any reader of the original autobiography will find.

18) Shakuntal

The story of a woman who marries in haste, believing she will never be able to have the man she truly loves. It shows the struggle faced by a girl who is a patriot in her own way. The novel analyzes these struggles minutely, in Phadke's own style.

 19) Akherche Band

The story of Rohini, who rebels once she discovers her own sister, is the impediment to her love. Until her rebellion, she has been content looking after the family, putting up with her competent, yet whimsical, father. Rohini faces life bravely, sacrifices her own joy for others, accepts their errors, and holds duty above all else. She has here own place among Phadke's heroines. The novel too, has its own place in Marathi literature.

 20) Bus Number Bara

The story of a successful meeting between a girl seeking employment and a smart young man she meets. Close observation and definite character development make this novel successful.

 21) Jeevan Sangeet

 The effects of world war on a simple family and the realization of human values that the situation brings. A translation of William Saroyan's 'Human Comedy'.

 22) Majha Dharm

Depicts a young couple who truly comprehend what love is and are prepared to do everything for their love. Shrirang and Malini are the young lovers. By making their union seem inevitable, the novelist has endeavored himself and his style. Phadke's skillful, sweet language impels the reader to go through to the finish, and the novel does touch the reader's heart.

23) Zanzawat

The story of young people caught up in the politically vibrant years of the 1942 movement.

 24) Anjali

 Shows the satisfaction that can be had by resisting temptation rather than letting passions and desires take control of your life. A young, married woman's life is disturbed when a young man enters it. She resists her downfall and helps him avoid his own. And in doing so, gives life a new direction. No mean achievement, and this gives the novel its stature. Phadke's novels usually dealt with pre-martial love, but this novel brings before the readers a completely different angle of life.

The novel has its own place not only among Phadke's novels but also in Marathi literature for its strong portrayals.

 25) Jhelum

 The story has the Kashmir conflict as its backdrop. It recounts the rebirth of Kashmir, which remains a burning topic facing India.

Phadke's ace of trumps is his style: here he gives ample evidence of his writing skills.

 26] Patang

 The novel depicts a loving, intelligent girl whose life is disturbed by a decision taken by an immature, obstinate mind. The effective style engrosses the reader in a gripping plot.

 27] Hasu Ani Asu

 The tragic story, set in a circus setting, outlines the vagaries of every day life and traces the lives of several characters. It shows how joys and sorrows arise from circumstances and people and this with great skill. It is a fitting response to Phadke's critics who blame him for being superficial.

The novel is a gem in the Phadke canon: it merits high praise for its minute depiction of life.

 28] Ujadale ! Pan Surya Kuthe Ahe ?

 A tale based on Gandhi's murder - it tells the story of contemporary characters the life of a person in pre and post murder times. It is in some ways a political novel in which the politics of the day and private lives are intertwined skillfully, but is also worthy of the label "creative novel".

 29] Bharatichi Lat  

 The feelings of love are like a tidal force - which cannot be kept in check. It is the story of artistic "highs" and uncontrollable love. The novel is decked with some of Phadke's finest touches. The novel's success lies in its ability to create "rasa" in the minds of readers, and for transporting readers to new heights of artistic expression.

 30] Khelni

The story of a sexually obsessed, perverse, woman and the man whose life she destroys.

31] Sitara Manzil

Based on the famous Razakar movement in Hyderabad. Appropriate language, the finer points of the Hyderabadi idiolect mixed with Urdu and the shattered lives of affected people are skillfully mixed to make the novel very interesting.

32] Sarita Sagar

The artist who brings joy to people may himself be very sad. The novel tells the story of an ugly artist and his good-looking but blind lover.

The effective, pleasant, language, the Goan characters, the deft portrayal of ambience and society make for a heart-warming depiction.

33] Haak

Unexpected love --- followed by an unexpected break-up and a coming together again: such is the story of Haak. Phadke always mounts tension and its slaking to fever pitch. The story moves swiftly to the end where the hero Prasanna, who has had an accident, and the heroine Sheela do meet but fail to recognize each other.

34] Sushama

This is the story of a woman who revels in the maternal emotions rather than in finding her love. The unconventional story shows the triumph of maternalism over love, and it has a special place in the Phadke canon. His technical skills bring out the conflict between flawed love and flawless maternal feelings very effectively.

35] Chahul

The novel speaks of the complete transformation of personality when one is touched by love. It depicts love as a powerful emotion which literally washes the pettiness of one's mind away. Simple, everyday life has been skillfully used to advantage. The numerous incidents in one building --- Chandraniwas --- show how one locale can be used from different perspectives by a good author.

36] Shikaar

Tthe tale of a man who sabotaged his brother's life in every possible way, who was obliged to pay for his sins with his own life. A gripping tale: Shikaar. A tale of poetic justice well deserved !

37] Ishaara

The story of a woman who yearned to be rich: forgetting the satisfaction to be gleaned from life of poverty. The reader feels the smart of true tragedy at the end of this novel. The ending is, after all, suitable to the plot. Phadke unerringly points out his characters' weaknesses. And he shows that a novel can be deliberately written with a definite message.

38] Udyaachi Baat

The story of a man who is dissatisfied at home, seeks solace elsewhere, but is driven back home by remorse.

39,40, 41] Shonan, Usman, Toofan

A trilogy about Subhashchandra Bose and his clarion call for Indian independence. The novel is important, not for the plot, but for its depiction of the times: the ambience, the aggravation, and the tension. Inspired by the freedom struggle, Bose started his movement in the Far East and the novel's vast scope of action does justice to his efforts.

The readers feel they are watching events unfold.

 The trilogy, read in sequence, shows Bose's patriotism, his tenacity and will to succeed. His followers' enthusiasm for the cause, and the historically significant times of the freedom struggle are carefully "shown" in the novels.

 42] Bharari

 The conflict between bigoted society and an unconventional artist, whose life is ruined, because of his love. The reader feels that an artist's life is bound to be a struggle, against poverty, against society. In reality, the story is one of a rebellious son, but the portrayal of society that emerges from Phadke's masterly pen-stroke is very vivid.

The novel begins at the end of the story and the use of rewinding the action shows what a technician Phadke was !

 43] Jakham

The effects of trauma at a vulnerable age and its effects on an entire life, the bitterness, the hurt can only be washed away by true love.

44] Wede Ware

Love is a mad whirlwind that does not distinguish between good or bad. Sacrifice can be powerful an emotion as love. This novel tells the story of one swept away by these powerful emotions.

The tale, narrated in first person, is especially effective because of the myriad ways in which love is depicted.

45] Jahar

Jahar recounts how stolen love is never sweet but is always poisonous.

46] Rutusamhar

Fate always supports those who endure difficulties and notoriety for their love.

The plot unfolds revealing the conflict in the hero's mind. And the difficulties he faces make his moods resemble the various seasons of the Indian calendar.

The writing is powerful and the virtuosity of the novelist is awe-inspiring.

47] Bhowara

Fate and circumstances conspire to wrest away human life in a seething cauldron, thus undermining his resolve. This tale makes the reader doubt the existence of human resolve. The plot of this novel is fast-paced and exciting. The reader is swept away up to the end. The characters are warm, the dialogue touching, and the personalities attractive.

48] Dhoka

Love alone does not make a happy marriage. The husband cannot spend enough time with his wife. Her solitude and disappointment wither away her love and come close to destroying the marriage.

49] Nirmalya

 The story of a man who could never do what he wanted, who was always at the mercy of events, who never had feelings for anybody.

50] Kuhu ! Kuhu !

Man has to face difficulties, accept defeat, sorrow and disappointment. But he never gives up. For his hope is eternal. The winters of disappointment are followed by summers of hope. Life is bearable because of hope.


Stylish language, punchy plot, and skillful narration make the reader become absorbed in the reading, and the novel reveals life in effective ways.

51) Kathputli

Man believes he can attain whatever happiness he desires by behaving according to his whims. But when he does so, he realizes he is not the creator of his happiness, he is just a means to it. This novel shows how man is but a puppet whose strings are controlled by destiny.

 52) Hi Ka Kalpadrumachi Phale?

This novel traces the differences between the pre-and post-Independence perceptions of an idealist. It illuminates clearly how principles are being eroded, and is the story of the joys and sorrows of a great soul.

Phadke has more than adequately answered those critics who said he could not deal with life's serious issues. The novel's ability to do so cannot be questioned.

The novel is not even 225 pages long, but the depiction of a half-century of erosion of human values evokes respect. Technically, the novel is without fault, but is also adept at description and characterization. And the merits of this novel leave no doubt that it must be counted among Phadke's best novels.

 53) Triveni

The story of a girl, who is deprived of affection in her youth and is hence jealous. When she is afflicted by the pain of unrequited love, she helps her loving father achieve his.

 Phadke paints this picture with a caring hand. It is the self controlled, story of the love of Jayant and Aruna. Although different from run-of-the-mill love stories, Phadke's writing shows how this subject can be handled with dignity and paise.

54) Swapnanche  Setu

Disreputable people crave respectability and respectful people long for the celebrity and wealth that they do not have. This story depicts the terrible life that greed can bring.

 Predictably, the story has a tragic end, but the reader is left under a dark cloud of the vicissitudes of human life. And this makes the novel effective.

 55) Amrutaatehi paijasi Jinke !

The story of selfless love : love that finds comfort in the well-being of a loved one. It is a happy-ended version of A.J. cronin's The Judas Tree

 56) Chandani.

A person who leads a blameless life, with pure intellect, noble heart, who can do no wrong –only such a person can sight the star at the base of the Rohini constellation . Phadke has effectively brought the the evil  tendencies in the society by revolving the story around this fantastic idea..

 Phadke paints a grim picture of social realities but also uncovers the delicate layers of Chintamani and Rohini, his delicate protagonists. The end of the novel is very telling and sets the reader wondering about there coming together; a masterful handling.

 57) Ti kashi ? Tu kashi ?

The novel traces the apparently divergent life-paths of a mother daughter pair of film stars.

 58) Ek hota yuwaraj

A story set in the old princely states, which tell of an upright princeling who lived by his own rules in his later years. Phadke has deftly evoked the hedonism of the times, along with the stifling atmosphere, palace intrigues and polical maneuvers.

 59) Basari

The story of eternal love, wherein true lovers overcome separation by death to come together albeit beyond human comprehension. The beginning of the novel is very interesting; the end is full of mystery and touching. Phadke had never used the occult to its full effect and this makes the novel noteworthy.

 60) Man shuddha  tujhe

Man faces the constant dilemma of how he should behave. He is often told to act according to his convictions, for such behaviour will bring happiness. The novel describes what happened to a young girl who did just that.

The narration of the novel is its best feature, and Phadke maintains the flow of events even as he speaks of the storms arising in the minds of Anuradha & Sultana.

 61) Tarang

The live story of a girl destined to face sorrow; whose joys are sacrificed to the troubles she has. The narration, descriptions of people and places, acute observation and imagery make the novel highly effective. And the thought "Is nothing else as important as love." Its is a first in the Phadke canon.

 62) Geet june, sur nave.

A story of coincidences in the life of a young woman. Speaking of human joys and sorrows, Phadke says, "none can tell where this life begins … or ends … the song continues, and everyone brings along their own note at girth. This new note renews the old song."

 63) Gagani ugavala sayantara

Every page is deftly crafted, the language is superlative.

 64) Purushjanma, hi tujhi kahani.

The novel reveals an eternal problem faced by man. Phadke paints an effective picture of a man's life made turbulent by a curse. 

 65) Kiti Jawal, Kiti dur

The novel, with its tracing of adolescent minds, is especially to be noted for its world-vision.

 66) Chadravarche daag

 67) Rahe manat gypsy

These novel describe the upheavals in the lives of lovers in Phake's usual, interesting style.

 68) Mazha bakul, mazha praan

The novel is based on the love bond between mother and son. A grief-stricken mother turns to sin to ensure that her  dead son should attain rebirth in her womb.

 69) Asaahi ek trikon

Two women, one man or one woman, two men form the standard novelistic triangle. But Phadke has set up a novel triangle – one born of struggle between father and son! The subject makes the novel stand out.

 70) Heera jo bhangala

Milind changes his path once he knows his lover has discovered the secret of his birth. But the new path is also refused to him and his life turns tragic. Phadke's wordomithy makes interesting reading.

 71) Lagnagaathi padtat swargaat :

   The story of the triumphs of failures joys and sorrows of a woman's life. The novel shows how marriage-ties are bound in Heaven. A simple love story well told.

 72) Bajirao

Depicts the maelstrom of human jealousy and enmity.

 73) Jugaar

The story of conflict between artist Nandlal and his daughter Charulata. A powerful depiction of human joys and suffering

 74) Hemu Bhupali

In this, his last novel, Phadke has captured the entwined lives of three friends who grow up in three separate circumstances and are bound by pure love. The novel is full of the event in Hemu's life.