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 amazon.com, and the Apple iBookstore and BN Nook version will be up in a day.
Around 29,000 words (110 pages).