As a writer, Dr. Moily is noted for his concern for the marginalized classes, authenticity of depiction, and skilful penmanship. His major works are always preceded by extensive research and discussion with concerned experts. Hence, his works have a distinct place of their own in Kannada. He is a great man of letters whose writings have echoed his thoughts and tugged hearts of the readers.
“The edge of time” or Tembare, by Dr. Moily, is a Kannada novel which examines a complex cultural practice of coastal Karnataka, called bhutaradhane, or the worship of hero-spirits. The Pambada community, a marginalizedDalit community, has, as its hereditary profession, spirit impersonation during elaborate rituals. Dr. Moily explored two responses to this traditional and exploitative profession through two Pambada brothers: one who rebels and opts for formal education, and the other who tries to revive the true spirit of the ancient practice. (Courtesy: PrasantaVarma, Advocate, Supreme Court of India).
One of his major novels, 'Kotta', has been produced as a telefilm in both Kannada and Hindi, directed by M.S. Sathyu. 'Kotta' the most popular work of Dr.Moily, about the life of the forest dwelling Koragas, has earned much acclaim.His novels 'Kotta' and 'Tembare' have been translated into Hindi, English, Russian and many other Indian languages. Other novels by him include Suligali (“Typhoon") and Sagaradeepa (“Ocean lamp"). His writings "MatheNadeyali Samara" and "Suligatte" depict social bias. 'SagaraDeepa' is about the exploited fisher folk of the coastal areas of Karnataka.
'Musings on India' is a collection of essays and lectures on Indian history, culture, and society, penned by him, and has been published in two volumes. He has launched a Magna Opus, Unleashing India, in five volumes. Two volumes, first the 'Road Map for Agrarian Wealth Creation' and the second ‘Water: Elixir of Life' have already been published.
A voracious reader, Dr. Moily has time and again contributed well-researched articles to newspapers, periodicals and the internet.
A biography of Dr. Moily, titled ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear', has been written by Dr. Shashidhara Murthy and Paul Verghese. A collection of critical articles on his literary works, 'Tembareya Taranga', edited by Dr. Chandrasekhara Kambar and Dr. C.R. Govindaraju has been published in Kannada.