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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014 by Richard Crasta. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, 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.
Apocalypse Then . . . And Now: An Alternative View of 9/11
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012 by Richard Crasta. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 21st Century
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%?
Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,330. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011 by Richard Crasta. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
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 gripping World War II 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, with added essays, just before his death!

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The Last Catholic Colony: An Indian Catholic Childhood: Fiction and Essays
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 48,910. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
Mangalore in South India, which to the author, while growing up there, felt like a Catholic colony (a subjective interpretation from being bound within a tightly knit Catholic community) is celebrated here with fiction and essays that describe what it was like to be a child in Mangalore in the sixties and seventies, and earlier years.
My Introduction to Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Biographical, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
Killing Me Softly: A Report from Benzo Land
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healthcare issues, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A personal testimony of accidental dependence on Benzodiazepines, a drug that kills ... softly, unnoticed, Will help you understand friends and dear ones, and the millions in the same boat. This book speaks for them and appeals to policy makers and the medical profession to work towards ensuring justice to victims and to behave more ethically.
Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,640. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture, Essay » Literature
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.
Jesus Christ in Latter Day Hackensack
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Essay » Literature
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 . .
What We All Need
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,640. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture, Fiction » Literature » Literary
“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.
The Killing of an Author
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,160. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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.
Impressing the Whites: The New International Slavery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,330. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Ethnic studies, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 126,220. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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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