Surender Mohan Pathak 19 February 1940

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Surender Mohan Pathak (Punjabi: ਸuਿਰ%ਦਰ ਮ(ਹਨ ਪਾਠਕ) (born 19 February 1940 at Khemkaran, Amritsar, Punjab) is an author of Hindi- language crime fiction with nearly 300 novels to his credit. His writing career, along with his full-time job in Indian Telephone Industries, Delhi, began in the early 1960s with his Hindi translations of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the works of James Hadley Chase. He also wrote his own James Bond series.[1]
His first short story, 57 saal puraana aadmi (57 !+0 *”#+)+ 12&3, The Man Age 57), was published by &)'(# -(+)34+5 in 1959; his first full length novel, Operation Budapest, came out in 1969.
His major work began with what is called the “Sunil” series (!”)30-!3#36) which consists of at least 115 novels.
Sunil, a debonair and upright investigative journalist for the fictional daily newspaper Blast, lives in the fictional city of Rajnagar, a metropolitan city located on the coastline.
Sunil has a quixotic nature when it comes to damsels in distress, which happens only too often. He is a man in his 30s, who is willing to go any lengths in pursuit of justice, mostly with help of his best friend Ramakant Malhotra, a dipsomaniac and owner of a club called Youth Club.
His attempts to protect the innocent often result in Sunil ending up on the wrong side of the law, bringing him face to face with Inspector Prabhudayal, the exceptionally strict and incorruptible officer in charge of the homicide division of the Rajnagar Police.
The “philosopher” detective Sudhir Kumar Kohli is the protagonist of Pathak’s Sudhir Series, all narrated in the first person. Sudhir is the diametric opposite of Sunil, proudly proclaiming himself dilli ka khaas kism ka haraami who frequently enlists the help of Inspector Devender Kumar Yadav, who can easily be persuaded to do something dishonest. A recent novel of this (in)famous series has been translated by Giriraj Sharan (uncredited) and published by Diamond Books under the title The Last Goal.
However the best-known series of novels of Pathak is Vimal (78&0), a.k.a. Sardar Surender Singh Sohal (!#2+# !”#nd$ 9!:( !'(0), a.k.a. another dozen names he uses to camouflage his identity in the Mumbai underworld.
Vimal is a Robinhood like character, who is constantly on the run from the law due to circumstances out of his control. He has taken up arms against gangsters like Rajbahadur Bakhia and, after killing him, his next avatar Iqbal Singh and then Vyaas Shankar Gajre. The Sardar has associates like Tukaram and his henchmen, like Wagle and Irfan, etc. Vimal is not a private detective or police inspector but a criminal wanted in seven states.
In addition, Pathak has also authored several novels not belonging to any specific series, which are labelled as ‘thriller’ novels irrespective of their storyline. Many collections of joke books compiled by Pathak have also been published. Several authors have been known to plagiarise or “borrow” heavily from his works.
External link’s…
.       Official Website (http://www.smpathak.com/)
.       A latest interview with author by Hindustan Times Brunch (http://www.hindustantimes.com/audio- news-video/Chunk-HT-UI-Brunch-Videos/HT-Brunch-Exclusive-The-Last-Emperors-of- Pulp/Article2-1035699.aspx)
.       An Interview with The Author (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G86OqWiYNm8) on YouTube
.       A friendly discussion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caev8M2gZog) on YouTube
.        Article by Pathak about Ibne Safi, the celebrated grandmaster of Urdu crime fiction (http://www.compast.com/ibnesafi/random01.htm)
.         Blaft English Translations (http://www.friendsofbooks.com/author/surendra-mohan-pathak/3519)
Work’s…
Sunil series
1)     Purane Gunaah Naye Gunahgar Oct.1963
2)     Samudra Me Khoon(dharti ka swarg) May.1964
3)     Hotel Me Khoon Nov.1965
4)     Badsurat Chehre Dec.1965
5)     Blackmailer Ki Hatya(Ek teer do shikar) Feb.1966
6)     Hong Kong Me Hungama(Desh drohi) March.1966
7)     Murti Ki Chori March.1966
8)     Shaitaan Ki Maut(Benakab chehra) May.1966
9)     Reporter ki hatya Jun.1966
10)      Aastin ke saanp Aug.1966
11)      Hatyare(rahashya ke Dhaage) Sept.1966
12)      Red circle society Nov.1966
13)      Ye aadmi khatarnaak hai (Khatarnaak apradhi,Karl plumer ki vapsi) Jan 1967
14)      Khatarnaak black mailer July 1967
15)      Hong Kong ke lootere Sept 1967
16)      Hatya ki raat Nov 1967
17)      Bandar ki karamaat Dec 1967
18)      Kaala moti Jan 1968
19)      Double role Feb 1968
20)      Safal Apradhi March 1968
21)      Jhoothi Aurat May 1968
22)      Murda Jee Utha July 1968
23)      Shahi Mehmaan Aug 1968
24)      Flat me Laash Feb 1969
25)      Farrar Apradhi Apr 1969
26)      Operation Double Agent July 1969
27)      Darpok Apradhi Sept 1969
28)      Landan Me Hungama Oct 1969
29)      Dohri Chaal Nov 1969
30)      Vikshipt Hatyara Jan 1970
31)      Yorop Me hungama Jan 1970
32)      Vinash ke Badal Feb 1970
33)      Operation Piking May 1970
34)      Barud aur Chingari Jun 1970
35)      Khooni Neckles Aug 1970
36)      Pakistan Ki Hashina(Operation Pakistan) Sept 1970
37)      Operation General K Nov 1970
38)      Akhiri Shikar March 1971
39)      Call Girl ki Hatya July 1971
40)      Khoon hi Khoon Sept 1971
41)      Aman ke Dushman Dec 1971
42)      Hijack Jan 1972
43)      Doosri Hatya Apr 1972
44)      Ek Khoon Aur July 1972
45)      Bashra Me Hungama Jan 1973
46)      Accident Apr 1973
47)      Sinha Murder Case May 1973
48)      Neeli Tasveeren July 1973
49)      Operation Dhaka Aug 1973
50)      Blackmail Oct 1973
51)      Khiladi Ki Hatya Nov 1973
52)      Rahashya Ka Andhera Dec 1974
53)      Maut Ki Chhaya Feb 1975
54)      Triple Cross Apr 1975
55)      Double Mission July 1975
56)      Spy Chakra Sept 1975
57)      Single Shot Dec 1975
58)      Chor Sipahi Nov 1975
59)      Operation Singapore March 1976
60)      Kaali Haveli May 1976
61)      Pisach Ka Pratishodh July 1976
62)      Khoon Ka Khel Nov 1976
63)      Naya Din Nayi Laash Feb 1977
64)      Shooting Script May 1977
65)      Tashveer ki Shahadat May 1977
66)      Sex scandal Sept 1977
67)      Jaan Ka Khatara Dec 1977
68)      Laash Ka Katl March 1978
69)      Double Murder Apr 1978
70)      Jasoosh ki Hatya Jun 1978
71)      Star Night Club Jul 1978
72)      Garm Laash Nov 1978
73)      Band Darwaja Jan 1979
74)      Andhere Ki Cheekh March 1979
75)      Maut Ki Aahat March 1979
76)      Meena Murder Case July 1979
77)      Anokhi Chaal Sept 1979
78)      Nau July Ki Raat Jan 1980
79)      Khaali Kartoosh Feb 1980
80)      Office Me Laash May 1980
81)      Vish Kanya Sep 1980
82)      Park me Laash Jan1981
83)      Jhoothi Gavahi March 1981
84)      Blow Up Apr 1981
85)      Top Secret May 1982
86)      Sangeen Jurm Apr 1982
87)      Jadugarni Apr 1983
88)      Khoon se ranga Chaku May 1983
89)      Andheri raat July 1983
90)      Main Begunaah Hun Nov 1984
91)      Nakaali Varish Jan 1985
92)      Peela Gulaab Sep 1985
93)      Taza Khabar Feb 1986
94)      Kaala Kaarnama March 1987
95)      Laash Gayab Oct 1987
96)      Front Page Dec 1988
97)      Diwali ki raat May 1989
98)      Kanoon ka challenge Aug 1990
99)      Prime suspect March 1991
100)      Goli aur Jahar Nov 1993
101)      Papi Parivar Aug 1994
102)      Stop press Apr 1995/99
103)      Jheri Hatya Kaand Oct 1995
104)      Ahirwal case Sept 1997
105)      Kamara No.303 May 1998
106)      Gunah ki Janjeer Nov 1998
107)      Ghar Ka Bhedi Jan 1999
108)      Black List June 2000
109)      Dhamki Apr 2001
110)      Jhansa May 2002
111)      Nishani Sept 2003
112)      Scandal Point Oct 2004
113)      Finger Print Nov 2004
114)      Bhakshak Oct 2006
115)      Poore chand ki raat Jan 2007
116)      Bichaulia Dec 2007
117)      Jaal Oct 2008
118)      Nakaab Aug 2009
119)     Dhabba June 2010
120)     Double Game Aug 2012
121)      Singla Murder Case Apr 2014
 
Vimal series
1)      Maut Ka Khel Jan 1971
2)      Daulat Aur Khoon March 1971
3)      Ishtihaari Mujrim Dec 1976
4)      Painsath Laakh ki Dacaity May 1977
5)      Aaj Katl Hokar Rahega Oct 1977
6)      Bank Van robbery Apr 1978
7)      Maut Ka Farmaan Nov 1978
8)      Din Dahade Dacaity Jun 1980
9)      Ashafal Abhiyaan Sept 1981
10)      Khali War Dec 1981
11)      Haar Jeet Dec 1982
12)      Vimal Ka Insaaf Jan 1984
13)      Maut Ka Naach March 1984
14)      Khoon Ke Aanshu May 1984
15)      Jeena Yahan Aug 1986
16)      Marna Yahan Oct 1986
17)      Chehre Pe Chehra Nov 1987
18)      Kismat Ka Khel Dec 1987
19)      Paap ki nagri May 1990
20)      Lekh ki rekha July 1990
21)      Jahaj Ka Panchhi April 1992
22)      Khabar daar sahari July 1992
23)      Maut Ka Rasta Oct 1992
24)      Daar se Bichhuda Nov 1994
25)      Maut Ke Mooh Me Jan 1995
26)      Ultimatum Aug 1996
27)      Sau Karod Ki Gullak Oct 1996
28)      Chhah Sir Wala Ravan Dec 1996
29)      Hazar Haath Oct 1998
30)      Daman Chakra July 1999
31)     Chhah karod ka murda Sept 1999
32)      Johar Jwala Dec 1999
33)      Chandaal Chaukadi Oct 2001
34)      Sher Savari Nov 2001
35)      Aag ka dariya Feb 2002
36)      Jamir ka kaidi Dec 2005
37)      Karm yodha March 2006
38)      Palatwar Jun 2006
39)      Chambur Ka Data Jan 2011
40)      Laal Nishan May 2011
41)      Sada nagara kooch ka Aug 2011
42)      Jo Lade Deen Ke Het Sep 2014
Sudheer series
1)     Aakhiri Koshish March 1980
2)     Malika Ka Taaz Jun 1980
3)     Goli Ki Aawaj Nov 1980
4)     Nymphomaniac March 1982
5)     Safed Khoon March 1985
6)     Late News Jan 1987
7)     Khooni ghatana March 1988
8)     Akhiri Maksad Dec 1990
9)     Katl ka suraag Dec 1993
10)     Panchva nishaan March 1994
11)     Ghatak Goli March 1997
12)     Gade Murde Dec 1997
13)     One way Street Sept 1998
14)     Khatare ki ghanti March 2000
15)     Golden girl Nov 2002
16)     Bazi March 2003
17)     Overdose June 2005
18)     Ghaat Sept 2005
19)     Pyada Jun 2009
20)     Choron ki baarat Feb 2012
21)     Bahurupiya Sept 2013
Translated Work
01)     The Last Goal (Akhiri Koshish) 2011
Thriller Series
1)      Chaar Apradhi Apr 1968
2)      Car Me Laash Oct 1974
3)     Katl Ki Vaardaat May 1976
4)     World Famous Mystery Stories March 1977
5)     Gangwaar Dec 1977
6)     Aage bhi Maut Pichhe Bhi Maut Nov 1978
7)     Eye Witness Jun 1979
8)     Anokhi Raat Aug 1980
9)     Dafa 302 Oct 1980
10)      Khooni Haveli Jan 1981
11)      Meri Jaan Ke Dushman March 1981
12)      Intequam Oct 1981
13)      Lambe Haath Nov 1982
14)      Vishvash Ki Hatya Feb 1983
15)      Khaali Makan Sep 1983
16)      Bivi Ka Hatyara Aug 1984
17)      Vo Kaun Thi May 1985
18)      Ek Karod Ka Joota Jun 1985
19)      Dial-100 July 1985
20)      Teen Din Jan,1986
21)      Maut Ka Aatank Apr 1986
22)      Dus Minute Dec 1986
23)      Kaagaj Ki Naav Jun 1987
24)      Jeene Ki Saaja July 1988
25)      Beesh Laakh Ka Bakra Aug 1988
26)      teeshara kaun Jan 1989
27)      Paanch Paapi May 1989
28)      Gunaah ka karz May 1991
29)      Shak ki sui Oct 1991
30)      Ek hi anjaam April 1992
31)      Tadi Paar Apr 1993
32)      Ajad paanchi Aug 1993
33)      Mavali/Kampata shahar June 1995/2002
34)      Maut Aayi Dabe Paanv Jun 1997
35)      Fifty-Fifty May 1998
36)      Sazish Jan 2000
37)      Dahashat Gardi Dec 2000
38)      Ek hi rasta Apr 2003
39)      Do Gaj Kafan Jan 2005
40)      Makad Jaal May 2007
41)      Grand Master Aug 2007
42)      Gavahi March 2010
43)      Secret Agent Nov 2012
JeetSingh series
1)     10 Lakh Apr 1996
2)     30 lakh June 1998
3)     50 lakh Sept 2000
4)     Khota sikka Feb 2004
5)     Jurrat May 2004
6)     Midnight Club Aug 2008
7)     Colaba Conspiracy Feb 2014
Mukesh Mathur series
1)     Saat Saal Baad Dec 1994
2)     Varish Aug 2002
3)     Vahashi Feb 2007
Vivek Agashe series
1)     Crime Club Jan 1991
2)     Koi Gavah nahi March 1999
3)     Ganda khoon Nov 2003
4)     Dhokha Jan 2009
Vikash Gupta series
1)     Dhoka dhadi Nov 1981
2)     Barah saval Dec 1989
3)     Aath din Apr 2008
Pramod series
1)     Maut ka safar Oct 1966
2)     Aadhi Raat Ke baad Aug 1967
3)     Jaan Ki Baaji Oct 1970
4)     Ek Raat Ek Laash July 1976
Social series
1)     Aasha Oct 1968
2)     Ek Mamuli Ladki Mar 1974
Children series
1)     Kubadi Budhiya Ki Haveli July 1971
2)     Betaal Aur Shahjadi Jun 1972
Short stories
1)      Katl Ki Dawat
2)      Katl Ki koshish
3)      Jaali Note
4)      Swimming Pool Mein Lash
5)      Bhoot Basera
6)      Kitabi Katl
7)      Maut Ka Vilaap
8)      Saat Khat
9)      Taqdeer Ka Tohfa
10)      Jurm Ka Iqbaal
11)      Sakshi
12)      Hum Shakl
13)      Irada-E-Katl
14)      Maut Ki Ghadi
15)      Juye ki Mehfil
16)      Vishalgadh Express
17)      Ghadi ki Gawahi
18)      Aankh ka Tara
19)      Chabi Ka Rahasya
20)      Meenar Wali Haveli
21)      Tipu Sultan ki Diary
22)      Rahasyamayi Naukri
23)      Rahasyamayi Chori
24)      Maut ka Saya
25)      Anokha Jasoos
26)      Shikari Ka shikar
Joke book
1)      Filmi Pathake Oct 1968
2)      Diwani Dunia Dec 1972
3)      Satrangi Dunia Jan 1977
4)      Go Easy On Laugh Feb 1978
5)      Rangili Duniya Sept 1979
6)      Albeli dunia Nov 1997
7)      sajili dunia March 1999
8)      Chaabili dunia Jan 2000
9)      Atharangi dunia Nov 2000
10)      Cartoon Carnival Aug 2001
11)      Navrangi dunia Oct 2002
12)      Chamkeeli dunia Feb 2003
13)      Juicy Joke book Feb 2003
14)      Filmi dunia Apr 2004
15)      Hathili dunia June 2005
16)      Fun-Fun-Funda-1 Aug 2005
17)      Fun-Fun-Funda-2 Aug 2005
18)      Sabrangi Duniya Oct 2005
19)      Manchali dunia Apr 2007
20)      Fun-Fun-Funda-3 March 2008
21)      Fun-Fun-Funda-4 March 2008
22)      Bhadkili Duniya Oct 2009
23)      Laff Factory – Vol. 1 Nov 2010
24)      Laff Factory – Vol. 2 Nov 2010
25)      Laff Factory – Vol. 3 Nov 2010
26)      Laff Factory – Vol. 4 Nov 2010
Notes…
1. ^ The author has written in his memoirs that he is not very happy with borrowing James Bond; at the time he did this he was not aware that what he was doing was ethically wrong. Similarly the second adventure of Vimal was heavily based on situations created by James Hadley Chase, but Pathak was so sorry over what he had done that he had the whole novel Daulat aur Khoon rewritten to expurgate it of Chase-like atmosphere and republished by Diamond Pocket Books
4. ^ UTI bank robbery: “Human Bomb” caught (http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=185047)
References…
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