August 2, 2021

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Catching up with Richard Crasta

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Among the bunch of famous Indian novelists and writers, Richard Crasta's name might not be as widely recognized as that of a Seth or a Rushdie, but few would come close to him in being funny, witty and daring--all at the same time. If you don't believe me, I can get American legendary novelist Kurt Vonnegut to vouch for him who found his first novel, The Revised Kama Sutra, "very funny". After Khushwant Singh (who is 90 olus old but still active as a below the belt heavy hitter), if any Indian writer has pushed the boundaries of sexual humour (and a lot of other serious stuff) in his own distinctive style, it's Crasta.

crastaAmong the bunch of famous Indian novelists and writers, Richard Crasta‘s name might not be as widely recognized as that of a Seth or a Rushdie, but few would come close to him in being funny, witty, satirical and daring–all at the same time. If you don’t believe me, I can get American legendary novelist Kurt Vonnegut to  vouch for him who found his first novel, The Revised Kama Sutra, “very funny”.  After Khushwant Singh (who is 90 plus old but still active as a below the belt heavy hitter), if any Indian writer has pushed the boundaries of satirical writing, with dollops of sexual humour (and satirical writing on a lot of other serious stuff) in his own distinctive style, it’s Richard. But, in fairness, his writing is more than that, and multifaceted, covering areas as wide as, in his own words, “autobiography, humor, satire, political critique, sexual critique, and literary criticism.”

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