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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. These days, he makes his living playing poker as he works on his second novel.




My Friend Sancho

My first book, My Friend Sancho, was published in May 2009, and went on to become the biggest selling debut novel released that year in India. It is a contemporary love story set in Mumbai, and had earlier been longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. To learn more about the book, click here.


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Click here for more about my publisher, Hachette India.


My posts on India Uncut about My Friend Sancho can be found here.


Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

Recent entries

The Importance of Profiling

This is the 28th installment of my fortnightly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. Poker at its heart…

The Endowment Effect

This is the 27th installment of my fortnightly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. There’s something strange that…

The Shame Game

This is the 9th installment of Lighthouse, my monthly column for BLink, a supplement of the Hindu Business Line. One…

The Tournament Lottery

This is the 26th installment of my now fortnightly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. I write these…

The Second Game of Dice

This is the 25th installment of my weekly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. The Mahabharata is an…

18 May, 2008

Facebook and the IPL

Inspired by Brian Sack’s Facebook news feed from 1945, I’ve tried to imagine how Facebook would render the IPL. Some entries:

Harbhajan Singh has slapped S Sreesanth.

S Sreesanth and Matthew Hayden are now friends.

Vijay Mallya wrote on Giancarlo Fisichella’s wall:

“Gian, can you play cricket? I need you.”

Rahul Dravid is nostalgic for 2006.

Sourav Ganguly is updating Facebook while the opposing captain waits at the toss. Muhahaha!

Preity Zinta wrote on Shah Rukh Khan’s wall:

“Cheer up, it could be worse. Have you heard that Aamir’s dog is named after you and licks his feet?”

Ajay Jadeja added the Puppydog application and joined The Lekha Washington Fan Club

And so on. I’m not good with graphics, so I can’t actually recreate it, but if you want to fool around, feel free to use the entries above.

Update: The kind TA Abinandanan writes in to point me to Krish Ashok’s Facebook Mahabharatha. Funky farmgirls fumigate furiously!

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