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
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,980. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011 by Richard Crasta. Category: Nonfiction » History » War
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!

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Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,640. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
In this revised, expanded 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: How Doctors and Drug Companies Enslave Us
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
Benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizers and sleeping pills (including Valium, Xanax, and Ambien), are dangerously addictive; the author, exposed to a range of Benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and psychiatrists, tells the story of his unusual journey: for his own sake, for his friends, and for others who might wish to compare their own journeys with his.
Apocalypse Then . . . And Now: An Alternative View of 9/11
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,890. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Essay » Political
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
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,670. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce and children
"Oedipus Rex," "King Lear," and the terrors of a Greek tragedy, Kafka's definition of the perfect book, silly humor: 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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,380. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
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
Lord Bush of Iraq: or, The Jolly Nuker of Baghdad
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce and children
Writers and artists who are fathers; terrorist mothers-in-law; how to face the stealing of your children (including your book-children); this eclectic book on fatherhood and Mangalore from the author of the celebrated novel "The Revised Kama Sutra" is full of surprises, passion, poignancy,
I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,950. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Ethnic studies
In this comical, passionate, satirical, and sincere book, The White God delivers "The Fourteen Commandments of Impressing the Whites" to a brown "Moses." Inscribed on two coconuts, the Commandments sum up both the secrets of success for brown/colored writers, entrepreneurs, and artists, and the distortions caused by race politics and realities in the modern world of Obama.
The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,370. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
A Confederacy of Dunces meets Catcher in the Rye in this comic novel about a boy growing up Catholic in India, freeing himself from brainwashing by priests and nuns, and hitching himself to an American Dream. The Dream is interrupted by a grueling campaign against his virginity; the novel was described as Kurt Vonnegut as "very funny," and was published in ten countries and seven languages.

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