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About Amit Varma

Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.




Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

Recent entries

Assembly Proceedings

This is the 28th installment of Rhyme and Reason, my weekly set of limericks for the Sunday Times of India…

The Baptist, the Bootlegger and the Dead Man Walking

This is the 35th installment of Lighthouse, my monthly column for BLink, a supplement of the Hindu Business Line. Appearances…

The Seen and the Unseen 5: This Is All Because Of Rupal Ben

This is the fifth episode of my weekly podcast, The Seen and the Unseen. [embedded podcast] A few years ago,…

The Landscape of Freedom in India

Here’s the video and transcript of a keynote speech I gave at the Asia Liberty Forum on January 11, 2017…

The One Good Thing You Did Not Know Trump Was Doing

This is a guest column published today in the Sunday Times of India edit page. The first three weeks of…

25 June, 2007

The most irritating words on the internet

The Telegraph has a list. One that I often find irritating comes in at No. 2: ‘Blogosphere.’ It leads to lazy generalizations, and encourages thinking in categories.

How would Ian McEwan and JM Coetzee like it if you told them that they’re part of the Bookosphere? And then if you begin to rant against the Bookosphere because you don’t like Paulo Coelho and Dan Brown? Now, wouldn’t that be silly? And still…

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