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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. 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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22 July, 2008

The Longlist For The Man Asian Literary Prize 2008…

... has been announced. My first novel, “My Friend, Sancho”, is one of the longlisted books.

I should call it a novel-in-progress, actually. Authors were allowed to enter 10,000 words of their manuscript for the prize, and I made the longlist on the basis of my first three chapters. I need to submit my entire manuscript by August 1 to remain in contention for the prize, and I’m not quite done with it yet. Thus, for the next few days, I take a break from India Uncut.

I know this will be hard, but the rewards will be reaped by you as well, so hang in there. Also, if you’re desperate for WTF entertainment, there’s Lok Sabha TV. They outdo Bollywood, they do—and it’s all for real.

PS: I’ll write more on my book, and the process of writing it, in a later post—probably at the start of August.

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