My Friend Sancho

My first novel, My Friend Sancho, is now on the stands across India. It is a contemporary love story set in Mumbai, and was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. To learn more about the book, click here.

To buy it online from the US, click here.

I am currently on a book tour to promote the book. Please check out our schedule of city launches. India Uncut readers are invited to all of them, no pass required, so do drop in and say hello.

If you're interested, do join the Facebook group for My Friend Sancho

Click here for more about my publisher, Hachette India.

And ah, my posts on India Uncut about My Friend Sancho can be found here.

Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

About Amit Varma

In brief

Amit Varma is a novelist and blogger based in Mumbai. He has worked in advertising, television and journalism, and has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Observer and Wisden, as well as many Indian publications. He won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. He writes the popular blog, India Uncut. His first novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in May 2009 by Hachette India.

Detailed dope

Amit was born in Chandigarh in 1973, and spent his childhood there before moving to Pune in 1986, where he remained until he graduated from Fergusson College in 1994. He worked in Delhi for a year as an advertising copywriter before moving to Mumbai in 1995 to join Channel [V]. From there he shifted to MTV in 1997, went back to [V] in 1999, and then did dotcom timepass in 2000 and 2001. He joined Wisden in 2001, and when they acquired Cricinfo in 2003, was its managing editor in India.

He started the blog India Uncut in December 2004, and it quickly became one of India's most widely read blogs, picking up the Best Indiblog award at the 2005 Indibloggies, and being nominated for Best Asian Blog in the 2006 Bloggies and the 2008 Weblog Awards. His commentary on politics and economics was in demand in the mainstream media as well, and after leaving Cricinfo, he became a regular writer of Op-Eds and columns in various Indian and international publications. In 2007, he wrote a Weekly column for the business paper, Mint, called Thinking It Through, which won him the prestigious Bastiat Prize for Journalism, awarded annually to a writer "whose writings wittily and eloquently explain, promote and defend the principles of the free society."

In 2008, he gave up writing columns and doing freelance journalism so that he could devote his mental bandwidth to writing novels. He wrote My Friend Sancho that year, the manuscript of which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. Various publishers made offers for the book, and Amit went with Hachette, the global publishing giant which wanted to make its debut in India with this novel. My Friend Sancho was published in India in May 2009.

Amit remains steadfast in his aversion to regular employment. He continues to blog at India Uncut, and is currently at work on his second novel.