Richard Crasta

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Richard Crasta is the author of "The Revised Kama Sutra" and 12 other books. "The Revised Kama Sutra" was described by Kurt Vonnegut as "very funny," and has been published in 10 countries and in 7 languages.

His books include fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, and satire, and have a political edge. He is driven by a passion for freedom, self-expression, and resistance to colonialism, hypocrisy, and censorship. His books have been described as "going where no Indian writer has gone before," and attempt to present an unedited, uncensored self.

Richard Crasta has traveled widely, and though a New York resident technically, spends most of his time in Asia, working on seven books in progress.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mangalore, a small South Indian town full of tall coconut trees, mangoes, cashew nuts, and with a church every mile or so. Churches and chapels were very important in my childhood. So were nuns and priests. My parents were away for a significant part of my childhood. Writing was a cure for my loneliness, it helped me escape into a fantasy world. Almost as soon as I could write full sentences, I started writing imaginary things. It culminated in a story about a John F. Kennedy character, a hero, on a horse, who went around conquering countries till, finally, the whole world was his empire.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten years old, or perhaps nine. But I really became serious about writing around 15 and 16, when I came across the novel "Herzog" by Saul Bellow, and had also read Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage." I felt I had a story to tell. Writing of this sort, which was different from the story books I had read as a child, excited me.
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Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War
By John Baptist Crasta
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,980. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011 by Richard Crasta. Category: Nonfiction
John Baptist Crasta's only mistake was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time--Singapore, when the Japanese invaded--and to be a man of "rectitude and courage". His memoir tells of his miraculous survival through 3.5 years as a POW of the Japanese. The memoir itself miraculously survives 51 years until it is published by his son, just before his death!

Books

Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
By Richard Crasta
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,800. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction
In this revised, first e-book edition of his controversial collection of personal and political essays, humor, and satire, the author of the celebrated novel "The Revised Kama Sutra" comments on a range of subjects, from India's sexual confusion to the colonization of the Indian mind. Arguing for true freedom for Indians and writers of Indian origin, he also discusses identity & nationalism.
Benzo Land: A Benzodiazepine Withdrawal & Survival Companion & The Crimea-Putin Connection
By Richard Crasta
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,330. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizers and sleeping pills (including Valium, Xanax, and Ambien) that are often mindlessly and irresponsibly prescribed by doctors who have been sold on their merits by crooked drug companies, do more than enslave your body: ultimately, they can crush your soul. This book adds in a love story, the Crimean annexation, and possible lessons for Vladimir Putin.
Jesus Christ in Latter Day Hackensack
By Richard Crasta
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
In this Woody Allen meets the Bible fantasy-satire, Jesus Christ makes a time travel visit to 21st Century New Jersey, walks into a bar, and finds himself trying to answer the question: "What do you do?" It turns out that he's hired a Jewish lawyer to examine the fine print on his contract for the Redemption of Mankind. Next, the Buddha gets a lecture from Berkowitz the headhunter. And Gandhi . .
Oh Calcutta! Oh!
By Richard Crasta
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,790. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
“After all, my Constitution prohibited discrimination: all tits were equal, regardless of color, size, racial origin, education, experience, religion—or the current exchange value of the dollar.” And "Mohan loved the word 'f**k'. Its existence in the Oxford English Dictionary was the secret of his happiness."
What We All Need: An Anti-War and Pro-Petraeus Essay
By Richard Crasta
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Essay
Puritanism, which H.L. Mencken famously described as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"--seems to be alive and well a hundred years later in America, as demonstrated by Monicagate, the David Petraeus affair, and other scandals. This is a tongue-in-cheek satirical essay, and NOT a work of erotica.
Apocalypse Then . . . And Now: An Alternative View of 9/11
By Richard Crasta
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,550. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Essay
In this unique combined eyewitness account, thought diary, and monologue on the Twin Tower collapse on Sept. 11, 2001, the author asks: On one of the most momentous days in Twenty-first Century History, what were people really thinking? Were they all thinking the same thoughts as the pundits and the politicians? Were the bottom 10% thinking the same thoughts as the top 5%?
Letters to My Sons
By Richard Crasta
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,540. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
"Oedipus Rex," "King Lear," and the terrors of a Greek tragedy, and Kafka's definition of the perfect book: all these come together in this journal of a father's soul. For 16 years, the author raised his three children in Long Island, New York, often as a stay-at-home father, taking his sons out for ice creams, walks in the park, bicycling, car rides . . . until something happened.
The Killing of an Author
By Richard Crasta
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,380. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
What did Saul Bellow's agent, Sonny Mehta, and Tim O'Brien have in common? Why was John Updike upset by an honest compliment? What did Tim O'Brien read to his girl friend? What was the racket run by Norman Mailer's superagent? Find out in this true story of literature and publishing, one that has been praised for its integrity, sense of humor, and courage. "Funny, sad, eye-opening."-Review
When David Davidar Drank My Wine
By Richard Crasta
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,040. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Category: Essay
By the author of "The Revised Kama Sutra" and "Impressing the Whites", this fiery collection of essays, blog posts, and rants on corruption in publishing, literature, and journalism in India and among the Indian diaspora makes practical suggestions to reduce corruption and increase plurality. No matter who you are, it matters, because what is at stake is free expression for one-sixth of humanity.
Lord Bush of Iraq: or, The Jolly Nuker of Baghdad
By Richard Crasta
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Conned Dee and Donald Ducksfeld “discover” the Al Stinkeroo, Iraq’s megafartacious SWMD, and demand that Iraq be totally disarmed—every steel knife in the country to be confiscated and replaced with plastic knives supplied by the Unholy Bottom Corporation, formerly headed by Veep Dick Shinyhead. Black Humor and Anti-War Political Satire, About 7000 words.
Father, Rebel, Dreamer
By Richard Crasta
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,590. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
How to face the stealing of your children; fathers who passionately love their children, but are artist-dreamers; terrorist mother-in-laws; and a monument to the Unknown Foreskin. From the author of the celebrated novel "The Revised Kama Sutra," this short collection of essays and stories on the theme of fatherhood and the city of Mangalore is full of surprises, passion, poignancy, and humor.
I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep
By Richard Crasta
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,230. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
What if a child, asked to go the f**k to sleep by its father, could respond in adult language? What if 5000 Indian yogis simultaneously dropped hot coffee on their laps in 5000 McDonalds to balance India's budget? How about selling used nukes to help balance the budget deficit? This anthology of humor is by the father of 3 boys and one Inner Brat that refuses to go to sleep or to grow up.
Impressing the Whites: The New International Slavery
By Richard Crasta
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,110. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
• How did Salman Rushdie end up becoming a Western sacred cow (i.e. a true Moo-Salman?) • How can East and West live together with greater authenticity, mutual recognition, and respect? • Who uttered the immortal words, “If you wish to succeed in the West, impress the whites!” • For whom is this a golden rule: "Do not fire your pen guns until you hear the Ayes of the whites"?
The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel
By Richard Crasta
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,150. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010. Category: Fiction
A Confederacy of Dunces meets Catcher in the Rye as young Vijay Prabhu, freshly freed from his Catholic fascist indoctrination, appeals to Jackie Kennedy for liberation from his dung-splashed existence. A comic novel about a boy growing up in India with an American Dream, it was described as Kurt Vonnegut as "very funny" and published in ten countries and seven languages.

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