Indian author from New York, Mangalore, and elsewhere. Many of my books, such as The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel, Impressing the Whites, and The Killing of an Author use humor and satire to make serious points. Only my books speak for me; blogs are impulsive, often un-edited exercises in free expression: a symbolic resistance to being silenced by the Establishment.
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Some Like It Hot, a Review of the Revised Kama Sutra
From "The Face Magazine", UK: one of the over 60 reviews received by "The Revised Kama Sutra":
Unlike some people, who as a result of the ruling class's strategy of Divide and Conquer (or Divide and Screw), have become the (sometimes unpaid, sometimes as friends with benefits) Enforcers and Uncle Toms of the Establishment, I have always stood up for the underdog, and compassion for the poor informs my politics and is a basic component of my humanity. In my days as an Assistant Commissioner and a chairman of six land tribunals, I always helped the landless laborers rather than the landlords, to the extent that I could; I didn't hold them to strict standards of documentary proof; I listened to their stories, felt for their humanity.
And, in the Airline Swindle game, there are some winners, who may hate Airlines of Staggering Meanness and Trickiness ( Amazon ) , but many who are used and exploited, and it was inspired by my own personal experiences, and you may do as you wish (it will be free in a few days' time), and is 99 cents now.
Much of politics and history, especially in the U.S., is about Us and Them. Us, the Good Guys, versus much of the Rest of the World: the Bad Guys. If you're with us, with moral as well as material and diplomatic support, you're also good guys (though not as good as us). If you're against us, or simply not with us, you're bad guys. And our mission is to bomb, starve, and sanction you into changing your mind.
Historian Mark David Ledbetter does not accept such a simplistic view of wold affairs. His study of history, contained in three works of towering research, America's Forgotten History: Parts 1-3, tells him that every nation, at some point in its history, has been guilty of genocide or war crimes. It just happens that different nations are at different points of development and engagement with the rest of the world, and therefore, we don't all behave and think the same.
But that's just one element of Ledbetter's new book, Dancing on the Edge of the W…
When I was in my late teens, I used to read Punch magazine, and one of my favorite writers was Alan Coren, who published a humor collection titled Golfing for Cats. It turned out that the book had nothing to do with either golfing or cats; but golfing and cats were the two hottest subjects on the bestseller list at that time, so he married the two and made up the title. (Alan Coren's book ended up doing quite well.)
My story is totally different. Neither cats, goats, nor Mahatma Gandhi are particularly hot at this moment (the Mahatma, if resurrected, would be horrified by Donald Trump and prefer to return to his grave), so the Alan Coren anecdote only partly explains the title of my new book: The Mahatma, the Goats, and Young Cats, all of which do occur in my collection of humor and satire, but are not its main subjects: this being a diverse humor collection ranging from Jesus to Ronald Reagan, from Indian politics to American nukes and deficits, from Adam and Eve to modern puber…