Richard Crasta was born in Bangalore, India, and grew up in coastal Mangalore, shepherded by conservative Catholic nuns and priests. As a means of escape, at 10, he wrote his first short "novel" ... which made a classmate laugh so much (AT the book) that he passed it around; the book was never recovered. That first setback did not stop him from dreaming of becoming a writer in America. Working briefly in India's powerful Administrative Service, he soon went to America on a student visa, and stayed, beginning his first novel while at Columbia University. That novel, ironically titled "The Revised Kama Sutra," received wide critical acclaim, was described as "very funny" by Kurt Vonnegut, and has been published in ten countries and in seven languages.
Richard's books include fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, cultural and political critiques, and satire, and have been described as "exuberant," "courageous," "hilarious," and "going where no Indian writer has gone before." He has been interviewed or written about in "The New York Times," BBC TV and radio, The Independent (UK), Indian national television channels, and elsewhere.
A New Yorker for most of his adult life, father to three children, and member of PEN America, he now spends much of his time in Asia, working on his many books in progress. He gives much credit to American writers like Saul Bellow and Henry Miller, who fired his imagination as much as did Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. His Indian roots have always inspired him, and provided much of the material for his writings. His likes include a wide range of music from Mozart, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, the Beatles, Ravi Shankar, and Bob Dylan to assorted blues, soul, and vocal artists.
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