The Immigrant Experience,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel (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.