Monthly archive July, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut’s Hilarious “Italian Fatwa” Letter for Sale

kurt-vonnegut-richard-crasta [Rewritten December 6, 2015] Writers–well, some writers–are huge risk-takers, and I have taken risks from Day 1 … even as a teenager, writing for my college magazine and the Deccan Herald, and with one curvy and salacious “Adam and Eve” Read More →

“Railway Man” and “Eaten by the Japanese”

As Japanese Prime Minister Abe continues to deny his country’s history, perhaps this piece, that I wrote some time back, comes to mind: I just saw Railway Man, the movie based on the bestselling book: the true story of Eric Read More →

Books Can be Directly Downloaded Now at This Website

I am pleased to announce that, at present, readers may instantly download any of the following books with either a credit/debit card or with Paypal (the financial details are handled by Paypal–the Download program is a WordPress plug-in; and the Read More →

The Aryan Invasion of India and the Silencing of an Independent Writer

In The Revised Kama Sutra (various editions show some differences), I mention that the ancestors of the Konkanis (my linguistic and cultural group, now settled in Southwestern India) were Aryan invaders. Some years back, I was championed as a “courageous” Read More →


The Revised Kama Sutra could be the story of your life . . . Its approach to sex is warm, sensitive and very, very funny.

- Business Standard

Indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions of India as a whole. Considerable charm.

- Publishers Weekly, USA

[Eaten by the Japanese is] a tale of unmitigated horror. A handsome tribute to a man of courage and rectitude.

- Khushwant Singh

I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading you and finding you very funny!

- Kurt Vonnegut

Absolutely spectacular . . .a hilarious novel, full of wit and glib language, with a whole lot of compassion thrown in.

- Afternoon Despatch & Courier