The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel
“Exuberant, unabashed picaresque novel . . . indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions and struggles of India as a whole. Considerable, irreverent charm.” –Publishers Weekly
“I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading you and finding you very funny!”–Kurt Vonnegut
“The episodic nature of sex is most believably represented. Hilarious and delicate”
–Kimberly Leston, The Face, U.K.
“Should be a recognized classic. An exuberant Catcher in the Rye, a South Indian Confederacy of Dunces. Uplifting and powerful.”–Mark Ledbetter, linguist, Amazon.com 5-star review.
“An Indian novel with a difference . . . an entertaining romp of a novel, with the Hindu culture at odds with Western sexual freedom. A startling change from A Suitable Boy, Heat and Dust, or The Maneater of Malgudi.”–Tim Manderson in “Tim Manderson’s Special Selection”, PUBLISHING NEWS, U.K.
“Humorous and irrepressibly manic. An Indian Portnoy educated by Catholic nuns.”–The Independent, U.K.
“A verbal craftsman . . . hilarious.” –Time Out, London
“Irreverent, unputdownable . . . has a comic timing never seen in any Indian novel to date.”–The Indian Express
“Absolutely spectacular . . .a hilarious novel, full of wit and glib language, with a whole lot of compassion thrown in. Dickensonian episodes, lightened by the Twain-sounding Tom Sawyerish experiences, with innate humour on every page that makes you smile, giggle or laugh outright. Excellent, irreverent, moving, funny.”–Afternoon Despatch & Courier
“A delightful and zany debut. Touching. Crasta has managed a voice, unlike most Indian authors. This book is the Empire striking back at the new colonists, the land of Coca Cola and Kentucky Chicken. With his zany sense of humor and a chutzpah fed of locker room bravado and a no-holds-barred attitude towards all holy cows, including the Church, has tossed up a desi kind of Portnoy’s Complaint.”–India Today
“A Dickensian tale of a young boy’s travails, a comic-sexual odyssey, and a modern Joycean anti-novel. Peppery wit, no-holds-barred, desanitised, Rabelaisian. His concerns lie with the basic instincts of the middle class. Much that is real and genuine. Surprises you with its remarkable perceptivity”–Times of India
“333 pages of pure fun punched with serious matters of contemplation, topped with irreverence at its healthy best. A Pickwickian comedy. The Glossary is a marvelous example of meaningful iconoclasm . . . sounds which make the book sparkle, an audio-reading delight. Exciting innovations . . unabashedly candid, honest, sharp, Camusesque . . . may seem too daring to some.”–Debonair
“Delightfully witty . . . unputdownable . . . a novel written from the heart. From the first sentence to the last, the story unfolds in a manner that is not dissimilar to the languid stretching of arms of a woman after making love. Should be read for the sheer pleasure of reading. “–The Pioneer click here to read full Review
“Hilarious contemporary Indian novel shot with some serious undercurrents . . . a rich and multifaceted novel . . . an indictment of colonialism and the colonial legacy on which we depend. A surrealist vision of India . . . Important.”–The Hindu [Selected as the BOOK CHOICE of the fortnight by this most distinguished Indian newspaper]
“The author’s approach to sex is warm, sensitive, and very, very funny. He may well be the best humorist we’ve had in ages. [But] the book is also about growing up in a time much more innocent than our own. Crasta’s tale is both quaint and poignant, qualities sadly absent from life in the naughty nineties.”–Business Standard [Read full review]
“The hero is a Tom Jones. Crasta builds upon sex and colonialism–both being tools of control. Sex controls the body; colonialism the land and the consciousness of its people. Crasta uses sex as a liberating phenomenon.” –India Abroad, New York [Read full review]
“Manages from the first page to overturn most of our expectations of what the Indian novel should be . . . He gives us a different India, a surprising and refreshing one. The book is clever, funny, lighthearted, readable and sexy . . . rampant, riotous, Rabelaisian. It is that great thing, the novel of literary quality which is capable of being enjoyed by a wide readership, and it has an utterly original voice.”
–John Saddler, Transworld Publishers, U.K.
“A craftsman of letters. Hilarious. Almost read it nonstop.”
–Khushwant Singh, prolific author/critic, India’s most widely read columnist.
“Penguin’s hot new book now making waves has a hero with a perpetual bulge in his pants and the Stars and Stripes in his eyes. An undiluted ode to the omnipresent Oedipus in the Indian male psyche. Personifies the post-Independence Indian male.”–Canara Times
“The book is about growing up with a half-empty stomach and a constant state of arousal . . . In a bittersweet satirical way, the book is about the life of an average Everyman from India. Crasta, who has taken the humor in the book to the point of near subversion, has managed to encapsulate the feelings of an entire generation of Indian men.”–Masala Magazine, New York.
“A serious, intelligent writer who means business. Witty, snappily written dialogue . . . an insightful protest against the way the colonial mentality still pervades our lives.”–Society
“Crasta has created waves with his non-conformist novel . . . which has arrived on the Indian literary scene with a resounding bang. The author delves into the labyrinthine relationship between Indian men and women, especially across class lines. A brutally honest picture of the male mind. It is an examination of the identity of the Mangalorean Catholics and Indian Christians living in an overwhelmingly Hindu society and of their complex relationship with their ancestral religion.” –Amrita Bazaar Patrika
“Sensational . . . fascinating . . . a writer who refuses to say things the way they’ve always been said, and manages to find new ways of saying them. A writer who makes you laugh, but also makes you question your value systems. Revels in bawdy, earthy sex, but talks poignantly and yearningly of love. A refreshing revolt against our boring, middle-class mores . . . our rarely confessed prudery. Crasta has spoken out against censorship, against oppression.”–Society
“Delightful . . . unpretentious . . . such pleasurable reading.”–Finacial Express.
“He brings to the English language a freshness we’ve stopped expecting from our reigning literary lions.”–Business Standard
“The Rushdie of Catholicism”–The Asian Times, London
“Enough to get him banned and excommunicated.”–The Hindu.
“Your novel, The Revised Kama Sutra, was wonderful! You have a Conradian fluency of the English language (in numerous dialects) that is astounding. Anyone who reads The Revised Kama Sutra will gain insight into India, and the world in general, that might not be realized even with years of travel.”-Russ Rowley.
Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex
” His subjects inspire the sparkling best in him and his fine prose is as sparkling as ever with wit, racy yet refined.” –Indian Express
” Pungent, witty and incisive . . . leaves the reader surprised, provoked and sometimes outraged. Guaranteed to make a good read.” Press Trust of India.
” After his best-selling The Revised Kama Sutra, Richard Crasta is back with another enjoyable book. Flippant and full of satire . . . full of subtle humor, the book takes a lighter look at contemporary India . . . telling it like it is–no holds barred. Not your average humour but a classy, welcome change. Get it.” –Femina.
” Refreshing candour, enjoyable, a landmark of its genre. “–Mangalore Today
Impressing the Whites
“A brilliant and sparkling writer.” – The Hindu
“A humanity divided against itself cannot stand.” Richard Crasta’s amplification and modernization of Abraham Lincoln’s chief message aptly captures the essence of his new book, Impressing the Whites. [This new book] gives us something to think about. Not attempting to preach . . . suggests viable solutions. Controversial, eloquent . . . boldly goes where no Indian writer has gone before.- Asian Age (Book Pick of the Week)
“The sheer zany exuberance of it all make it . . . a delicious and mischievous pleasure. Highly recommended.” — Frank Feldman, Amazon 5-star review
“I think that “Impressing the Whites” should be mandatory reading starting in middle schools and should be read twice by anyone graduating from an Ivy League school. I thoroughly enjoyed it and could find nothing that I disagree with.”-Russ Rowley, Scientist.
What We All Need
“Hilarious yet satirical account of the author’s approach to sex.”–Savvy Magazine
“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.”–kitaabonline.wordpress.com (A literary review blog).
The Killing of an Author
“An integrity that is rare. This book must be read.” –Kuldip Nayar, Eminent Indian Author & Veteran Editor-Columnist
“Bare-all, spare-none . . . Bohemian . . . every page is engaging.”–The Week
“Dares to be different . . . a sense of humor from the start to the end.”–The Deccan Chronicle
“I’ve never enjoyed a book as thoroughly as I have with this one…..applause to Mr. Crasta for his hilarious breakthrough on what the hell it takes to get a book published. It almost cost him what’s left of his soul….If I were a mutant, I’d give him three thumbs up. I can’t wait to read his Revised Kama Sutra.” J. B. Torres, Author of U5: The Truth Behind the Lives, and CEO, U5.
Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War
“A classic in military history, telling the story of men trapped in a world of torture, starvation, and death”—Roger Mansell, Tameme Magazine
“You see the horror of war, without a trace of artifice, through the eyes of one who was there, the writing a simple act of catharsis. A war memoir that ranks with the best.”—Professor Mark Ledbetter, Nisei University, Amazon 5-star review
“Striking and raw, an antidote to myth. Something to be treasured. This is the kind of record that this generation is losing fast, and we need to hold on to this. It made me think of what had happened to my own father’s memoirs, which were lost.”—Professor Barry Fruchter, Nassau Community College, New York
“A tale of unmitigated horror. A handsome tribute to a man of courage and rectitude.” –Khushwant Singh
“The theater of the absurd . . . war as seen from the smoking trenches. Written without rancour or hatred, of archival value to historians. Bloodcurdling references to acts of cannibalism. Crasta’s memoir should find a cherished place in all major libraries.” –Dr. Arunachalam Kumar, Author, in Morning News.
“More than any book in recent memory, Eaten by the Japanese drives home the lasting effects of enforced captivity – not only on the bodies but also on the minds of the prisoners. It is almost totally devoid of xenophobia directed either at the Japanese enslavers or at the British imperial military masters. Instead, it is a book about kindness, solidarity, and collective survival, about the bonds that matter: those between one single human being and another.What emerges in Crasta’s survivor’s tale is not a mere story of self but an epic of collective agony. This is the story, then, of a nation’s agony as well as a man’s, a man’s survival as well as that of a nation’s, in both cases to await the next chapter in a complex narrative.”–Professor Barry Fruchter.