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In The Revised Kama Sutra, Richard Crasta's widely published novel, an Indian boy questions the Catholic religion and his oppressive society. His escape plan includes a flight to America, land of JFK and unlimited riches, but puberty and a sexual awakening upset all his calculations for a long, long while.

E-book edition of widely published and celebrated novel, "The Revised Kama Sutra"

E-book edition of "The Revised Kama Sutra"

The unfolding drama  has been described as "hilarious" and "very funny" by reviewers and by Kurt Vonnegut, and as a piece of Indian social history by others, including The Lonely Planet Guide to South India. Around 440 pages.

Works in Progress is now available ONLY from this web site as a pdf.  It is a very personal book, a combination of fiction and nonfiction on a variety of subjects, but many chapters about fatherhood. Autobiographical, dramatic content. See blog post for further details.

If you haven't read any of my other books, I suggest you try The Revised Kama Sutra first--published in 10 countries; it has had a theatrical adaptation in two cities, many encores in one city.  Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War, my father's book, with my essays and notes added to it, is also quite popular. Even The Killing of an Author is a favorite with many, as is Impressing the Whites. Thank you!

In Richard Crasta's most discussed and controversial book after The Revised Kama Sutra, now revised in 2015, The White God delivers "The Fourteen Commandments of Impressing the Whites" to a brown "Moses." and the result is this part no-holds-barred-satirical, part-idealistic analysis of black and white, universal racism and how we might counter and contain it.

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 of Obama (whose hair, a comedian joked, is so white it could be a member of his Cabinet),  Zulus dressed in three-piece suits, and Bangladeshis in bowler hats.

Impressing the Whites by Richard Crasta

The 2015 edition includes an analysis of “The White Tiger,” the Booker Prize, and the meaning of Barack Obama’s election as U.S. President.

Despite its flaws, The Killing of an Author, a literary autobiography and publishing thriller, is one of the three books I am most proud of, along with The Revised Kama Sutra and Impressing the Whites.

The Killing of an Author by Richard Crasta

The Week, a major Indian weekly newsmagazine, described it as having "a sense of humor from start to finish."  Added to this July 2015 edition: "Publishers Weekly and The Killing of the Killing"--a story of shocking dishonesty.

74,000 words. Epub and Mobi files.

"Eaten by the Japanese" is the World War II memoir of an Indian in the British Indian Army--one of thousands captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell. Taken to Rabaul in New Britain (Papua New Guinea) in a "torture ship," he miraculously survives 3 1/2 years of inhuman treatment by his Japanese captors. On returning home to India, he writes this memoir--published by his son, 51 years later.

Eaten by the Japanese by John Baptist Crasta

"More than any book in recent memory. . . it is a book about kindness, solidarity, and collective survival, about the bonds that matter ... an epic of collective agony. "--Professor Barry Fruchter.

"A classic in military history, telling the story of men trapped in a world of torture, starvation, and death"-Roger Mansell, War historian.

This is an essay on small towns succumbing to building frenzies and the expansionist tendency of institutions and losing their charm and what made them special in the first place. If the argument in this essay is persuasive, it may be too late to save Mangalore, but other Mangalores-in-the-making might be saved..

In a letter to Dr. Marian Kamath and other Mangaloreans, in 1990, soon-to-be author Richard Crasta shared his innocent and idealistic vision for the college that had so influenced who he was.

Many years later, the institutions had won: Mangalore is now a congested city, and it is too late for Mangalore; but others might disagree and find the author's vision quaint and quixotic. Who is right and who is wrong? The author is not sure, but wishes to share this idea as part of the history of innocence ... possibly of a Paradise of innocence lost. (And sorry, people: thanks for your support, but my integrity is not for sale. I had something to say, and I wish to place it here on public record.)  Around 2,600 words (12 pages). Document.

With its churches, convents, seminaries, and Jesuit schools, Mangalore in South India, felt like a Catholic colony, to the author, who spent much of his childhood in churches, convents, and Jesuit boarding schools. In this collection of fiction and essays, the author gives an impression of life in Mangalore, then and now, when Catholicism is diminished but far from dead.

Last-CatholicRC

 

By the author of "The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel."

Approximately 40,000 words, includes a few choice excerpts from "The Revised Kama Sutra" and a few totally new pieces on Mangalore, such as "The Pious and the Damned Rich", excerpts of which may be found below.

An insight into love, sex, and marriage in modern India: What happens when you combine sexual starvation, a repressive culture, a powerful libido, dangerous psychotropic chemicals, love, longing, obsession, power, and sex? While not comparable to the 150-page introduction to love in "The Revised Kama Sutra", the following story, set in India, provides additional glimpses. It comprises the first section of a story of how a young Indian stumbles towards love, sex, and marriage.

A very, very frank book, one of the most daring published by the author since "What We All Need."  Short and confessional: Around 36 pages.

This is a 2200-word comic personal essay, part fictional, partly from real life emotions and events. Shared with friends and readers: a private sharing (this piece is not to be considered published, and not to be shared). Tragicomical personal essay, 2200 words. {See excerpt below}

Excerpt:

Long, long, ago, in an innocent Indian town, there lived a happy Indian writer who wrote short, opinionated, crotchety, verbally gymnastic and ravingly lunatic essays for a respectable Indian newspaper and assorted semi-respectable rags. He made people laugh, and he probably laughed more than thrice as much as all his audience put together, that too each time he reread those pieces.

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As for the reason I never got around to being a bellboy when I came to America: I had become engaged to, and then just married a woman to whom I had confessed my dreams and my faith. Mesmerized by love, she had become an instant believer, and we had bet our future and our fortune

This book is a Work in Progress about a work in progress ... about a father who once lived in a family that was a Paradise, where everything was nearly perfect, where the love was thick as honey. And then that Devil Money and a divorce shattered it all.  There followed many years of separation, of being denied the company of his children. Now, grown up and independent, they are all in touch with him, and love him; but much precious time has been lost.

This [is] a story of modern India, modern marriage, modern divorce, modern fatherhood, and modern children, and how their best interests are often forgotten or cast aside as people are trapped in their egos and in a cycle of vengeance, sometimes or often fueled by outsiders, by self-important “big” families with their arrogance and their crude methods of achieving their narrow ends. I don’t think a story such as this has been told before, with all its Indian trappings: writers of Indian origin are too limited, too fenced in by the Western idea of what we ought to be writing.

It being a work in progress (this present manuscript containing around 47 pages, and perhaps half of the complete book), your advance investment in this book will be rewarded as if it were a sponsorship. You will be sent coupons for two free digital books at Smashwords, and you will be included in the Acknowledgments* if you so desire. Please understand that value is subjective, and the author believes that the courageous and intimate disclosures in this book are so powerful that the price of this book, in his opinion, is fully worth the book's value. The other condition of this book's sale is that it is not to be shared or written about (except in a once sentence description and link) on social media, as it is in the process of being offered to a publisher.

Until the official publication date (when the book is complete), this will be a book FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION ONLY, you, the purchaser, being considered as a sponsor/consultant/friend of the book and the author.

Why are some words "bad" or "vulgar", and others good? Who makes the rules?  Is language, or rules about language, a tool of class control? How do you reconcile this with freedom of speech. Do variable standards exist for oral speech and written expression?

In this short, three-part book, I present my unpublished long essay, "What Do You Call It? An Opinionated Gentleman's Guide"--which was written contemporaneously with my best-received novel, The Revised Kama Sutra, and explains the essay's complete disregard of socially "acceptable" language, or the insanely repressed language of my childhood.

I consider it to be one of the funniest essays I have ever written; but it is framed between a historical discussion on linguistics issues, class, meaning, mind control, oppression, and human freedom; and a conclusion that reiterates main points and looks forward to a freer future.

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?" Next, the Buddha gets a lecture from Berkowitz the headhunter.

And Gandhi, walking into a Long Island bar, finds a plumber calling him a weirdo and saying, "Show me the money!"

A 6,000-word book of humor from the author of 14 other books including "The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel", which was described by Kurt Vonnegut as "very funny.

Humor, satire, absurdity, incongruity, irreverence.

“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 that includes a commentary on political correctness, anti-war and satirical essays, and issues of drugs, children, and safe sex. In addition, a secret U.S. Congressional investigates whether Indians do "it."

This unusual and daring book begins with a Language Disclaimer and ends with an Anti-Literary Manifesto, which asserts that for a formerly colonized people, writing about sex is a political act, an act of empowerment.

"Hilarious yet satirical account of the author's approach to sex."--Savvy Magazine

“Distinct and thought-provoking. . . subversively redefines history. With witty, sexy, and passionate style, Richard Crasta deals with India’s tortured and confused Puritanism.”—www.living.oneindia.in

“If any Indian writer has pushed the boundaries of satirical writing, with dollops of sexual humour (and satirical writing on a lot of other serious stuff) in his own distinctive style, it’s Richard.”—www.kitaabonline.wordpress.com

In this unique combined eyewitness account, thought diary, and monologue on the Twin Towers 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%?

All of these questions are asked, alternative voices and opinions recorded and expressed,  and more is revealed in this eyewitness account and stream of consciousness reflecting on events and overheard dialogue as the day progresses. The accumulation of disasters, personal and external, in the mind of this novelistic, Dostoevskian or Herzog-like character ...
Approximately 13,000 words.

"The Indian Penis Under Siege, or Will the Indian Member Please Stand Up?" is a part comical, part satirical, and wholely penile essay in progress, and was first written in 2002, then further expanded after the steep rise and subsequent "downfall" of Tarun Tejpal, whose books exemplify a fairly assertive Indian penis. At the moment, it is for private circulation only.  2200 words. See Excerpt below.

Around 2200 words.

EXCERPT:

2002: Recently I heard an American psychiatrist deliver a lecture titled, “The Penis Under Siege.” In it, he spoke in lugubrious tones of the “disenfranchised penis”—disenfranchised, according to him, by rising, cocksure, and madly marauding Western feminism.

Though at first amused by his theory, and even somewhat sympathetic to his dolorous and elegiac tones, these words slowly settled in my brain: “The nerve of him!”

Because the penis whose “declining” privilege he was mourning was the American penis, which had in the previous sixty-odd years imposed itself on most of the rest of the world, even more assertively than the British penis had at one time—because American ICBMs or cruise missiles were pointed at (if not exploding in) nearly every country on earth with the possible exception of Tonga (too tiny and worthless to target) and The Solomon Islands.

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In 2015, the Asian penis is rising, shooting upwards, like a North Korean missile (occasional misfiring), or a Chinese “silk” missile. Yes, the long derided Chinese penis, bolstered by rhino horn powder and a massive war chest, military as well as financial, is quietly and sometimes loudly rising all over the world as it buys up resources in Africa and prized companies and buildings in America, lends money to the United States, and enlarges (ahem) its presence (ahem) in the South China Sea. (The Indian penis is rising too, but at a very slow rate, long held back by Gandhian/Victorian values that have seeped deep down into the culture, which now thinks them to be its own heritage; surprisingly, its progress is being arrested by the party in power,