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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 March, 2016

Hou is Mariya

Hou Yifan is currently leading in her Women’s World Chess Championship match against Mariya Muzychuk, and I suppose this is a good time for me to tell you about what happened when they met for the first time. Basically, Maria went up to Hou and introduced herself.

MM: Hi, I’m Mariya.

HY: Hou.

MM: Er, Mariya.

HY: Hou.

MM: I just told you. Mariya. May I know your name please?

HY: Hou!

MM: Mariya, Mariya, Mariya! Aaargh! (Storms off. Harika Dronavalli walks up to Hou.)

HD: Hey, Hou. Who was that?

HY: Some strange girl called Mariya Mariya Mariya.

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A kind reader points me to this:

Most magnificent!

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