45 minutes | Sep 1st 2020

The Life and Times of Amit Varma

If you’re listening to this podcast, chances are you are a fan of the podcast, “The Seen and the Unseen.” For 186 episodes and counting, the journalist Amit Varma has been putting together some of the most thoughtful, insightful and eclectic conversations with the best and brightest in India. 


This week, Amit joins Milan on the show to reflect on his career as a journalist, author, entrepreneur, podcast host, and--yes--professional poker player. Milan talks to Amit about his libertarian leanings, his views on nationalism, and why exactly India has so few economic reformers.

Show notes:

1. Amit’s podcasts: “The Seen and the Unseen” and “Econ Central

2. Previous episodes of “The Seen and the Unseen” with Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Karthik Muralidharan, and J.P. Narayan.

3. The archives of “Range Rover,” Amit’s poker column for the Economic Times

4. A previous episode of “The Seen and the Unseen” in which Amit speaks at length about libertarianism

5. Amit’s newsletter, “India Uncut

6. Amit’s Times of India column on nationalism