Minter Dialogue with Amit Varma

Amit Varma is the first journalist to win twice the prestigious Bastiat prize (2007 and 2015), which aims to honor writers “whose work cleverly and wittily promotes the institutions of the free society”. Based in Mumbai, Amit was named by BusinessWeek magazine in its India’s 50 Most Powerful People 2009 list, for his blog India Uncut. He’s an author and host of The Seen and the Unseen podcast, one of the most impressive podcasts you’ll ever come across for its long-form interviews and superlative guests. In this conversation, we discuss the state of play in India, the philosophy behind the man and his podcast, insights into how India develops so many great business leaders, the influence of Indian film (ie. Bollywood, Mollywood, Kollywood…), the importance of long-form meaningful conversation and many more topics.

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Music credit: The jingle at the beginning of the show is courtesy of my friend, Pierre Journel, author of the Guitar Channel. And, the new sign-off music is “A Convinced Man,” a song I co-wrote and recorded with Stephanie Singer back in the late 1980s (please excuse the quality of the sound!).

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