The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel [NOOK Book]


"Very funny," said Kurt Vonnegut of this bestselling Indian novel in which Vijay Prabhu grows up Catholic in a young India and somehow gets hooked onto an American Dream of easy and willing women who wore black lace underpants and sometimes, none--a shock, when his corny illusions are flattened by crude reality, leading to an understanding of himself and his world.

At 16, suddenly inspired by Western success books, Bertrand Russell, and Saul Bellow, Vijay overcomes his religious brainwashing and decides to become...

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"Very funny," said Kurt Vonnegut of this bestselling Indian novel in which Vijay Prabhu grows up Catholic in a young India and somehow gets hooked onto an American Dream of easy and willing women who wore black lace underpants and sometimes, none--a shock, when his corny illusions are flattened by crude reality, leading to an understanding of himself and his world.

At 16, suddenly inspired by Western success books, Bertrand Russell, and Saul Bellow, Vijay overcomes his religious brainwashing and decides to become a successful writer and lover of women.  This ambitious plan runs into obstacles when, for the next six years, his cherry proves amazingly resistant to repeated assaults, yielding only at Age 22 to a Nepali doctor of love (a PhD in Love).

The result is A Confederacy of Dunces and David Copperfield meeting Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint. This comic novel of childhood, coming of age, of modern Indian manhood, and an American Dream was described as "humorous and manic" by The Independent of London, and as "personifying "the post-Independence Indian male" by Masala Magazine. It has been widely published, and also been adapted for the stage and played to many standing room only audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Letter from the Author - Kurt Vonnegut
I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading your book and finding it very funny.
Publishers Weekly
”Exuberant, unabashed picaresque novel... indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions and struggles of India as a whole. Considerable, irreverent charm.”
The Independent, London - Tim McGirk
“Humorous and irrepressibly manic. An Indian Portnoy educated by Catholic nuns.”--The Independent, London
Indian Express - Alan Mendonca
“Irreverent, unputdownable . . . has a comic timing never seen in any Indian novel to date.”
Publishing News
“An Indian novel with a difference . . . an entertaining romp of a novel, with the Hindu culture at odds with Western sexual freedom. A startling change from A Suitable Boy, Heat and Dust, or The Maneater of Malgudi.”--Tim Manderson, Publishing News, U.K.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016320793
  • Publisher: Invisible Man Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2013
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Crasta is the author of twelve books and the father of three sons. He was born and grew up in India and moved to America to become a writer. His first novel, "The Revised Kama Sutra," was received with critical acclaim, described as "very funny" by Kurt Vonnegut, and published in 10 countries and in 7 languages.

Richard's books include fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, and satire, and have been described as "exuberant," "courageous," "hilarious," and "going where no Indian writer has gone before."

His 12 books include "Impressing the Whites," "The Killing of an Author," and the subversive anthology of humor, "I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep" (a non-parental version with more political humor has been published under the title "The Empire Bites Back"); he also edited and added essays to his father's memoir, "Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War." His motives for writing include a passion for justice and free expression and a love of laughter. 

Richard has traveled widely in North America, Asia, and Europe, and though technically a New York resident, spends most of his time in Asia working on seven books in progress. His likes include a wide range of music, movies, theater, and travel.

You may write to Richard at or visit his website,

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    The Real India by a Real Indian. And much more.

    Affected by the Western rationalism and science of his school books, the poor but brilliant Vijay rejects the rigid code of South Indian Catholicism, giving up God, religion, and his dream of becoming a saint. Vijay's search for meaning in a godless material world becomes an exuberant "Catcher In The Rye," a South Indian "Confederacy of Dunces," spiced with the author's indefatigable love of hilarious word play. Unlike Catcher and COD, though, Kama is auto-biographical (if not, my apologies to the author!). So far, so good. You might want to read it. But if I add it's a story about obsession with sex (not that Vijay gets much), will you change your mind? Can't be helped. It's the gut-busting hilarity of Vijay's quest to lose his virginity that keeps the story moving. We are all obsessed. The difference between most of us and Vijay is that we hide away our obsessions or sublimate them under something more suitable for public viewing. So there it is. That's what the book's about. But good stories usually have something more. A Western reader learns: what Pax Brittania and Pax Americana look like from the other side; about grinding third world poverty seen not through the eyes of Western pity but as a normal everyday reality; how traditional power structures dominate traditional societies despite a veneer of outside Western values (ie, not much chance we're going to make any real societal changes in Afghanistan and Iraq with an army); the way the English language permeates everything, is pursued by everyone, and becomes something new in the process (this last, fascinating to me as a linguist). Revised Kama Sutra is not your standard novel by a long shot. For those who want to avoid such things, there are sections in which it is x-rated in content and vocabulary. But, ultimately and thankfully, this story is uplifting and powerful at the end when the author realizes, in spite of himself, there must be something more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    A pathbreaking book, delicious, dirty and funny, tickles you and pinches you - Must Must check out

    The most funny and hilarious book in contemprary indian literature which makes you laugh and at the same time, know about the issues which run deeper in a country like India. I found most of my friends shirking the book because of the Title (with the word Kamasutra in it) and thats an irony. Well, the title is only 4 words and the book has more than thousands of word and each of those thousands of words is a powerful potent canon.

    Very tightly packed, the book is very concise and will test you ability to restrain your laughters/giggles - so beware, you might look a fool if you will try to read it in a public place :). It is heartening to find such a book which dares to be candid on so many issues - be it a small town lad, sexual repression prevailing in the indian society and fantasies of an aspiring and talented common man. It is a daring piece of work by an author who knows his way with words that make a straight way directly into your heart. Enjoy Reading when Thanks to the ebook era, the nook edition is available at such an unbelievably low price..

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