In the Uncensored and un-whitewashed Mangalore of "The Man-eaters of Malgoonda," psychiatric drugs jostle with high society and Catholic brainwashing, priests oppress fearful Catholics, and the Konkani language and the fate of Indian minorities is discussed. It is possibly the most unconventional book of essays and fiction ever published by a Mangalorean who became a New Yorker and a world citizen, but still shows a love for the city and the community he grew up in. Why should this book matter? Because Mangalore is a microcosm of the colonial world, and of small ethnic groups that barely succeed in surviving globalization and being overrun by majority cultures. Richard Crasta, the author of the bestselling novel The Revised Kama Sutra, knew Louella Lobo Prabhu, artist and writer, over a period of more than thirty years, and met her five days before her death. Crasta writes an intimate and affectionate essay about her and her society. The book also contains the voices and interviews of Mangalorean characters such as Dennis Britto, Malcolm Noronha, Father Claude, an unnamed and spirited Bunt woman, Reuben Nazareth, and others.
Yes, that's me in the photograph to the right ... possibly one of my only two baby photographs. Since then, I have lost much of my innocence. Among other things, I've authored twelve paperback and digital books, tasted a bit of "fame," then returned into increasing obscurity. My novel "The Revised Kama Sutra" was published by Fourth Estate, UK, in hardback and paperback (and Penguin in India, and by publishers in eight other countries). I am a proud father of three boys.
I was born in India, the son of a former WW2 Prisoner-of-War (his POW memoir, "Eaten by the Japanese," is co-authored by me). I moved to America in my mid-twenties, and stayed ... more or less.
My literary influences include Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, 'Punch', P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Kingsley Amis, Anthony Burgess, Vladimir Nabokov, and Henry Miller. 'Publishing News' (UK) described 'The Revised Kama Sutra', as 'a startling change from 'A Suitable Boy' and 'Heat and Dust'.
Besides fiction, I have published memoirs, political satire, cultural critique, and humor. I have more than seven books in progress, or books I mean to finish, and am looking for the means to be able to sit down and do nothing but write for the next 3-4 years.