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 ... and replaced it with naivete. Among other things, I've authored twelve paperback and digital books, traveled through over 40 countries (which included a night and a day in Monaco), and done a book tour in the UK (it included BBC interviews in London, Cardiff, and Glasgow). 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 the proud father of three sons.
I was born in India, the son of a former World War II Prisoner-of-War. He was with the British Indian Army in Singapore, and was finally taken to Rabaul, New Britain, from where he was freed by Australian soldiers (his Prisoner of War memoir, "Eaten by the Japanese," includes three essays and biographical notes from me, and was published by me). I moved to America in my mid-twenties, and stayed ... more or less.
My literary influences include Shakespeare and Charles Dickens ( I read "Hamlet" and "Nicholas Nickleby" while at college), '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'. Oh, I forgot to mention Bertrand Russell, who is mentioned in "The Revised Kama Sutra."
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.
For tolerant, open-minded, liberal British readers, the books I would suggest, after "Eaten by the Japanese" (my most popular book in the UK), "The Revised Kama Sutra," "Impressing the Whites" (which was greatly liked by the BBC's India station chief at the time), and "The Killing of an Author." Perhaps even "Killing Me Softly" (very personal and strong), and "What We All Need" (very unconventional: Bertrand Russell might have been proud of it).