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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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09 February, 2009

Five And Twenty Random Things

There is a Facebook meme going around in which people have to write 25 random things about themselves, and then tag various other people. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with my list now. I can’t help but point you to Ol’ Bill Shakespeare’s list, though. (Yes, this meme’s been around!)

My favourites:

5 Sometimes I thinke plays are all Talke, Talke Talke, and wish for a cart-chase scene. I tried one in The Merry Wives, but it looked like Shitte, so I cut it. The men playing the horses were so Pissed at me.

14 On the topic of dating, my daughter Susanna loues to remind me: ~Jvliet was only thirteen! And I remind her that i) she was Italian, an impulsive race ii), she was actually played by a middle-aged Eunuch named Ned, and iii) she died. That always shvts her right vp.

23 Euery time we do the Taming of the Shrew, some pvnter wants his Money backe, because we don’t actually show a shrew getting tamed.

There’s potential here for a whole series. Let me offer you a sampler:

Nero: “I’m good with the lyre, but my fiddling needs practice.”

Aurangzeb: “I actually think these Brahmins walking around shirtless are quite… hot!”

Lalu Prasad Yadav: “I, um, like cows.”

Karan Johar: “I like girls.”

Pramod Muthalik: “I have a folder in my hard drive called ‘Paris Hilton’. It is 125 GB.”

And so on. You write the rest.

(HT: Boing Boing.)

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