Psychiatric drugs, high society, Jesuits, Indian Catholics, Indian minorities, the Konkani language, and the coconut-palmed town of Mangalore, on the West Coast of Southern India.
This is the Uncensored and UnWhitewashed 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 does this subject 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.