Impressing the Whites Authors Disclaimer and Reviews
Author's post-publication commentary: If you wished to test the IQ, humanity, and non-racism of a white person, or the intellectual honesty of an Indian (let's say, prior to getting married to them), give them this book to read, and then ask them how they liked it.
• What happens to literary bad boys from East and from Africa?
• How can East and West live together with greater authenticity, mutual recognition, and respect?
• Who uttered the immortal the words, “If you want to succeed in the West, impress the whites!”
• What is the New Spiritual Colonialism?
• How do the French keep the African ex-colonies happy?
• What are the rules for Asian and African writers wishing to win the Booker Prize?
• What is the Occidental Cow and how many billion teats does it have?
These are a few of the questions answered in “Impressing the Whites”, of which one reviewer wrote: "The reader laughs, squirms, recognizes his/her own hypocrisy and the blatant absurdity of most unquestioned social conventions. In this, Crasta succeeds in ways not unlike Sasha Baron Cohen's Borat character or Chris Rock race routines succeed, i.e., brilliantly."
This controversial, provocative book was mentioned on BBC World News and, the author interviewed on BBC World Service and three top national programs.
Though the case studies are mostly focus on India, America, and Britain, the rules (also called The Commandments) often apply to black people (among those quoted are James Baldwin and Richard Wright) and nonwhite people everywhere. This book has been called a hipper, more readable, and livelier version Edward Said’s landmark book, “Orientalism.”
Satirical and passionate, this book is re-issued for the first time after 2000, and this 2011 e-book edition of a 2002 edition that was never published has new Appendixes and new Commandments, and some rewriting, and includes certain comments on the phenomenon of Barack Obama.