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.

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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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About Those Monkey Brains ... My Secret Nights as an Indian Standup Comic in New York
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014 by Richard Crasta. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
When this India-born author first came to America many decades back, he ran into Americans who believed that Indians spoke “Indian,” dressed in adult diapers--like Ma-HAT-ma GAN-dee, and “ate curry” (“Two portions of curry please, with curry on the side!”). So he started doing standup comedy making fun of American stereotypes of India, & also making fun of America. This book is the result.
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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The Pocket Coconut Bible (Je Suis Charlie (Brown))
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
How do you conquer for fun and profit? And what are the rules for brown people hoping to be successful in the West? By following “The Fourteen Commandments of Indian and Nonwhite (Male) Success,” delivered by a White God, a patronizing god who lets you choose any seven out of fourteen commandments (in consideration of your natural weaknesses). Also, a guide on How to Win the Booker Prize.
What the Children Saw
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,380. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Fatherhood
What did the children see? What did the young, impressionable children that he so loved, and who loved their father, see? This is the question asked by this book, and by a father to whom something bad happens. This is a tale of love, sex, power, Matriarchy, but mainly of children and fathers, and modern fatherhood. To quote a line: "Let us not, as the years pass, fear to tell the truth."
My Introduction to Love
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
What happens when you combine sexual starvation, a repressive culture, a powerful libido, dangerous psychotropic chemicals, love, longing, obsession, power, and sex? The following story, set in India, comprises the first section of a story—how a young Indian stumbled towards love, sex, and marriage--that will be told in a series of interconnected but independent parts. Robust, uncompromising.
Second Lincoln? Essays on Obama and the Post-Racial Society
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house
Not only has President Obama shown himself to be Lincolnesque in emancipating nearly 5 million undocumented migrants, he has redeemed himself, having come into office on the shoulders of blacks, minorities, the anti-war, and the economically disenfranchised. But only partly: here, in the voice of one writer, is a history of the dreams of those who supported him, and what more he could do.
The Last Catholic Colony: Childhood and Coming of Age in Mangalore
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,100. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
How do young boys come of age in the old-fashioned semi-Catholic town of Mangalore? By searching for answers, through curiosity, endless obsession, and the universal power of love. Two coming-of-age stories, one as Catholic as the Pope, another with a magical, Marquezian, Macondo-like setting, are woven together into this book of fiction and nonfiction set in the South Indian town of Mangalore.
Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
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Price: $3.99 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.
What We All Need
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,640. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
“Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing,” said Woody Allen. But which do we need more, sex or laughter, and what is it that we ALL need? In this explosive anthology of literary, political, and sexy fiction and nonfiction, sex, laughter, politics, and public interest are blended into an unusual cocktail, subversive as well as thought-provoking.
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%?
The Killing of an Author
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,210. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
The Killing of an Author has been described as a nonfiction publishing thriller having "a sense of humour from start to end." It is the true story of small town Indian boy pursuing an American Dream: to become a novelist. The very human story of his quixotic quest for freedom in the Land of the Free is funny as well as instructive for writers, editors, publishers, as well as the general readers.
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.
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: 59,280. 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.
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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