Mr. Varma has interviewed people from all professions, from authors to film makers, from chefs to entrepreneurs. His top-25 most downloaded episodes cover loneliness; healthcare; Kashmir; elections; and education. He's also interviewed some Ashoka University faculty: Ashwini Deshpande, Gautam Menon, Madhvi Menon, Srinath Raghavan and Vinay Sitapati. In the age of rapid-fire swiping on our phones, Amit Varma's podcasts run for 4-8 hours. And people are listening in the thousands!
About the Speaker: Amit Varma is a writer and podcaster based in Mumbai. He started his career in advertising, moved on to television, and has been a journalist since 2001. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Observer and almost every Indian publication. He won the prestigious Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007 and 2015, becoming the first person to win it twice. His blog India Uncut was one of India’s most popular blogs in the years it was active, between 2004 and 2008. It now serves as a repository of his published work. In 2009, he wrote his first work of literary fiction, My Friend Sancho, which was the biggest-selling debut novel in India that year. Currently, he is best known for his weekly podcast, The Seen and the Unseen, which gets over 225,000 downloads a month.