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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.
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 daring but 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. I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep, a humor collection, is my most popular e-book since I started publishing e-books, and Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War, 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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
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.
“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.
In this ferocious satire on the Bush family: Grandpa Bush, Bush Senior, and the Dishonorable Dubya (who may be followed by President Jeb the Jerk), Conned Dee and Donald Ducksfeld “discover” the Al Stinkeroo, Iraq’s megafartacious SWMD, and demand that Iraq be totally disarmed--every steel knife and fork in the country is to be confiscated and replaced with plastic equivalents to be supplied by the Unholy Bottom Corporation, of which Dick Shinyhead, the American Vice President, was formerly the CEO.
Meanwhile, in a dream, Little George Bush (Senior) swears an oath to be loyal to the Bush Family and Big Oil forever, and is knighted Lord Bush of Iraq, a land cleared of brown people and made safe for Big Oil. Black Humor and Anti-War Political Satire, About 7000 words. Now available from Smashwords and also on this website as a direct download.