Benzo Land: How Doctors and Drug Companies Enslave Us

Invisible Man Press
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Benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizers and sleeping pills (which include Valium, Xanax, Clonazepam and Ambien) are often mindlessly and irresponsibly prescribed by doctors brainwashed on the merits of these drugs by unethical drug companies. The result: the drugs, being highly addictive, end up enslaving millions in body and mind. [Despite the title, the author is well aware that many compassionate, principled, and well-informed doctors exist..]

This book, the combined result of personal experience, reading, and reflection, took much courage to publish, and is shared in the public interest. It is a story of a journey and a struggle for freedom from chemical slavery: one that affects all of us, because so long as some of us human beings are not free, all of us are not free. It may help others who are in a similar position (please read the Disclaimer) by sharing personal experiences, including attendance at many psychiatric conferences and talks, which finally led to insights regarding the nature of the industry.

Richard Crasta has published ten other books, including the bestselling novel “The Revised Kama Sutra,” which has been published in ten different countries, and was described as "one of the funniest novels to come out of India" by one reviewer and as "very funny" by Kurt Vonnegut.
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About the author

Richard Crasta was born and grew up in India. After a brief stint in the Indian Administrative Service, he moved to the U.S., where he obtained two graduate degrees and began his first novel, and fathered three sons (who all arrived before his first novel was published). He now lives in Asia while maintaining a connection with New York.

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Invisible Man Press
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Jul 11, 2017
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Self-Help / Substance Abuse & Addictions / General
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Nuns, Jesuits, red meat, Indian Catholicism blend with mouthwatering Indian cuisine and universal childhood emotions such as motherlove, fear of abandonment, and desire in this unique novel set entirely in India. So do puberty, adolescence, and the awakening of a repressed mind in a quest for justice, truth, and freedom. The result is a blend of "Angela's Ashes", "Catcher in the Rye", and "Portnoy's Complaint", one that has been described as having "copious funniness" and being "achingly beautiful."

 At 72,000 words (around 270 pages) a complete novel in itself, "One Little Indian" is a reworking of the childhood, coming of age first 60 percent of "The Revised Kama Sutra" (which is actually 2 novels in one, according to some of its readers), and it includes additional, never-published chapters that been left out because of space constraints. The book ends with Vijay graduating from college. The later chapters, focusing on his adult life and having a much higher sexual content, have been omitted from this novel, and is therefore accessible to a larger audience of both men and women who are reasonably cosmopolitan and well-read.

 "The Telegraph," a major Indian newspaper, described "One Little Indian" as "a surprisingly delightful novel by a genuinely irreverent Indian from Mangalore." Commenting on how the novel does not fit the priggish mold of most other Indian writing, it adds: "Crasta's raunchiness is a mix of Khushwant Singh and Laurence Sterne. The unstoppably copious funniness is Shandian."

“A superb Mangalore-centric novel”—DP Satish writes in an "Outlook" magazine blog: “Mangalore Diary: Highrises, Malls & Beautiful Bunt Women.”

Author Mark David Ledbetter writes: “An achingly beautiful book on the inner world pathos and outer world absurdity of growing up - both inner and outer, sometimes outrageously funny. It applies to all humans anywhere, since we all experience growing up, but is set in India in the late 1950s and 60s. What really makes this a work of genius for me is not only the way it recaptures growing up, but the pictures it paints of India on virtually every page.”

Around 72,000 words/270 pages  

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