The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence
Me with my Mother

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mangalore and Konkani Seen in an Unconventional Light

Psychiatric drugs, high society, Jesuits, Indian Catholics, Indian minorities, the Konkani language, and the coconut-palmed town of Mangalore, a town of gossips, thinkers, drunkards, rebels, lovers, and a repressive Catholic clergy.

This is the Mangalore you see in The Man-eaters of Malgoonda, possibly the most unconventional book (essays and fiction) ever published by a Mangalorean who became a New Yorker and a world citizen.

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 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.

At the moment, the e-book version is on sale for $2.99. The paperback is available from, and the Apple iBookstore and BN Nook version will be up in a day.
Around 29,000 words (110 pages).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Testimonials from my Editorial Clients

Besides writing my own books (my chief occupation for the last twenty-five years), I occasionally offer editorial services to fellow authors. A few testimonials from this page are pasted below (I am extremely busy at the moment and unavailable for new assignments until mid-June):

mark ledbetter
  1. I self-edited three books and thought I had done a reasonable job. I hired Richard for my fourth and found there’s a reason for enlisting an expert pair of outside eyes. It has definitely become a better book. I recommend Richard for expertise, price, and willingness to go the extra mile to meet the author’s needs.
    Mark Ledbetter
  2. From the beginning, Richard has been more than an editor, but acted like a colleague. He cares. Even though I’ve been writing television and commercials for thirty years this is my first book and it is so much better because of Richard. Thanks to technology, the fact that he lives in Cambodia and that I in Los Angeles was only noticed by the time difference.
    Bill Taub

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year Book suggestions

Though there are nearly two million books out there, just in case you were looking for one of mine, here are a few recommendations (old and new--most of the following are e-books; for paperbacks, please check my website or my other blog post):

"Rife with inventive comic imagery as “A Confederacy of Dunces,” insightful, subtly searing as “Catcher in the Rye." 5-star review

The Revised Kama Sutra is, despite its name, about much, much more than sex; but if you prefer the portion of it that deals with childhood, then I suggest One Little Indian, which is much shorter, and in which the emphasis is much more on childhood and growing up.

Shorter, and very different, is the next book, described as "hysterical" and "for the rebel in you" (equally funny, if you don't want the "parenting" parody, is The Empire Bites Back)

The Empire Bites Back includes all the humor essays of the above, except for the wisecracking child; it is more political:

More serious, and a must for those who want to know who I really am at this point in time (also on Apple and BN) : Benzo Land: My Secret Life With Benzodiazepines, Psychiatrists, and Wonder Drugs

Or Eaten by the Japanese, which is loved by British readers and nearly everyone who takes the trouble to read it?

Or, how about Impressing the Whites or The Killing of an Author (a sense of humor from start to finish"--The Week) for a contrarian voice, one that challenges the Establishment and the corrupt?

Ready to take a risk with something completely different? Try:

or by searching Amazon & the other platforms for my name or my pen names: Vijay Prabhu, Benny Profane
  Barnes & Noble
or here  (Apple)
I recommend, especially: