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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

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11 June, 2008

A Yak on the Football Field

Aishwarya emails me the quote of the day, and what a quote it is. Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United says about Yakubu Ayegbeni of Everton:

He is strong. He is like a Dinosaur and scores with the precision of chameleon when he targets his victim. I have followed him from his days in Israel and he has not disappointed me with his Yak-like behaviour. In short, Nigerian players have strength, speed and power and I admire them so much.

Since reading this quote, I have researched Yak behaviour to find out what it is that Ayegbeni does. After reading this source, I have concluded that he mates in September.

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