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The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel [Hardcover]

Avatar Prabhu
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29 Jun 1998
From birth in south India, Vijay Prabhu is filled with an erotic longing that plagues him through Jesuit school. His sexual and spiritual odyssey takes him in the footsteps of his mentor, JFK, to free him forever from the constraints of conservative Mangalore. This is Richard Krasta's first novel.
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sunstar Publishing,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (29 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188747241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887472418
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,916,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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From the Author

LOVE, FAMILY, SEX, LAUGHTER, A SPIRITUAL QUEST, ETC. ETC.
This novel, published by two prestigious literary publishers in the U.K. and India, and to be published by four more in Germany/Austria, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Israel, has been completely revised: the American edition is designated the Freedom Edition, because it represents my attempt to test the limits of freedom of expression for writers from my country. It may never be published in this way again; and for reasons you will discover when reading it, and possibly legal challenges, it may never be sold in U.K. stores. Amazon.com might be a good way to get it if you live outside the U.S.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Immigrant Experience 14 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Avatar Parabhu (a.k.a., Richard Crasta) has given us a madcap glimpse of the life of an Indian, America-phile, and Indian male. He has a good sense of the sardonic with a good wit. The book is punctuated with some rather madcap "letters to Jackie" that give the reader a sense of what it is to grow up in the poorest of countries with visions of America dancing in their heads.
Once a member of the highly privileged "I.A.S." (Indian Civil Service) this semi-autobiographical, novel leads the reader through the tortures of growing up in the confused home of the original Kama Sutra where sex is now unthinkable.
It is a first novel and has some flaws. Some sections are overdone. Overall it is a good novel. No, it is not a scholarly treatise on what Indian - American relations are about. But it does give the reader a look at the psyche of what draws people to America. My favorite line was: "Most people go to America as nobody and come back as a big shot. I went as! ! a big shot and came back as a nobody." Perhasp that says it all.
The glossaries are well worth the time to read them as they will leave the reader howling with laughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent , Beautiful , Great , I loved it 21 Nov 1998
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Format:Hardcover
I am 14 and i am best friends with richard crasta`s son.the way he depicts life in india is great most people my age would say i am not interested but i went to a book reading of him in his home town as well as been in his house several times and have discussed the book and i have told hin how great and interesting it is.!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catcher In The Rye meets Confederacy Of Dunces 27 Aug 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Affected by the Western rationalism and science of his school books, the poor but brilliant Vijay rejects the rigid code of South Indian Catholicism, giving up God, religion, and his dream of becoming a saint. From there, Vijay's story becomes a search for meaning in a godless material world.

To borrow a bit from a perceptive review on American Amazon, Revised Kama Sutra is an exuberant Catcher In The Rye, a South Indian Confederacy of Dunces, spiced with the author's indefatigable love of hilarious word play. Unlike Catcher and COD, though, Kama is auto-biographical (if not, my apologies to the author!).

So far, so good. You might want to read it. But if I add it's a story about obsession with sex (not that Vijay gets much), will you change your mind? Can't be helped. It's the gut-busting hilarity of Vijay's quest to lose his virginity that keeps the story moving.

We are all obsessed. The difference between most of us and Vijay is that we hide away our obsessions or sublimate them under something more suitable for public viewing.

So there it is. That's what the book's about. But good stories usually have something more. A Western reader learns: what Pax Brittania and Pax Americana look like from the other side; about grinding third world poverty seen not through the eyes of Western pity but as a normal everyday reality; how traditional power structures dominate traditional societies despite a veneer of outside Western values; the way the English language permeates everything, is pursued by everyone, and becomes something new in the process (this last, fascinating to me as a linguist).

Revised Kama Sutra is not your standard novel by a long shot. For those who want to avoid such things, there are sections in which it is x-rated in content and vocabulary. But, ultimately and thankfully, this story is uplifting and powerful at the end when the author realizes, in spite of himself, there must be something more.
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