John Baptist Crasta
John Baptist Crasta, 1910-1999, was the father of Richard Crasta, the author of eight books and minor co-author and editor of EATEN BY THE JAPANESE. He was born in the village of Kinnigoli in India, and walked barefoot for 20 miles through tiger-infested jungles to Mangalore to enroll in the high school there. Miraculously escaping an earthquake at Quetta (now in Pakistan), he joined the British Indian Army and was captured by the Japanese during their blitzkrieg invasion of Singapore. His memoir of being a Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese during World War II was published by his son, who edited the book and added an introduction and three essays to it. The book was originally launched on December 27, 1997, and later in 1999 (second edition). It is now published in a new e-book edition on Smashwords and on other e-book platforms.
At the time that it happened, John Baptist Crasta was the oldest Indian to have his first book published: he was 87 years old when it happened, and the manuscript had lain in his steel trunk for 51 years after he wrote it.
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Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of 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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