Richard Crasta

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

Richard's books include fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, and satire, and have a political edge. He is anti-censorship, non-pc, pro-laughter, pro-food (plus one beer a day), anti-pro-life, and anti- most other antis. His books have been described as "going where no Indian writer has gone before," and attempt to present an unedited, uncensored voice (James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, and Philip Roth are among the novelists who have inspired him.).

Richard was born and grew up in India, a member of India's Konkani-speaking Catholic minority. He moved to America to become a writer, and has traveled widely. Though, technically, still a New York resident, he spends most of his time in Asia working on seven books in progress and part-time as a freelance book editor.

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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.
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, mango, cashew, and jackfruit trees, and with a church or chapel 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, he became the benevolent emperor of the entire world.
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Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War
Price: $3.99 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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One Little Indian
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,920. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
In India, a land of “snakes, elephants, gurus, and coconuts,” Vijay Prabhu grows up Catholic and confused. The result is an Indian Angela's Ashes, one in which Vijay, redefining his goals, dreams of going to America, the land of milk, honey, and Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup. "Surprisingly delightful...the unstoppably copious funniness is Shandian."-The Telegraph.
The Last Catholic Colony: An Indian Catholic Childhood: Fiction and Essays
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,910. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
A subjective impression of life in Mangalore, which with its churches, convents, seminaries, and Jesuit schools, loomed large in the imagination of the author, as he was growing up, and made a deep impression on his mind: fiction and essays celebrating and analyzing Mangalore's Catholic community..
Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,670. 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.
Benzo Land: How Doctors and Drug Companies Enslave Us
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,270. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain)
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.
What We All Need
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,660. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,120. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
An exhaustive list of mistakes a writer should never make (for example: insisting on total freedom of expression), and an Encyclopedia of the Dark side of publishing and writing, “The Killing of an Author” is a true story set mainly in New York, and partly in London and New Delhi, with cameo appearances by literary and publishing stars, and a breathless sense of wonder and hope: a writer's journey
Father, Rebel, Dreamer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce and children, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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,
Impressing the Whites: The New International Slavery
Price: $6.99 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 » 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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