The India Uncut Newsletter

Amit Varma
A newsletter by Amit Varma, once a blogger at India Uncut, now a podcaster at The Seen and the Unseen.
Created 26 May 2020
  • #10: Listen, The Internet Has SPACE
    12 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    There are times when I am going through a newspaper, and I’ll come across an interview of someone, and it will be pitched as ‘edited extracts.’ Or the intro will say that the reporter and the subject ...
  • #9: Why Are My Episodes so Long?
    08 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    I often get asked, why are episodes of The Seen and the Unseen so long? Who’s got time to listen to four-hour episodes? Why don’t I make one-hour episodes, or break these up into half-hour-chunks, or ...
  • #8: Drunk Man Under a Streetlight
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Once upon a time, an old story goes, there was a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight. A cop came along. ‘What are you looking for?’ ‘I dropped my keys.’ ‘Oh. Let me help you.’ They s...
  • #7: It's Hard to Build and Easy to Destroy
    17 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    The latest episode of The Seen and the Unseen, ‘Being Muslim in India’, has moved many people. For the first 90 minutes of the episode, Ghazala Wahab talks about her personal journey, which includes s...
  • #6: Taxes Should Be Used for Governance, Not Politics
    15 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    Back in my blogging days, I used to run a section called ‘Where Your Taxes Go.’ Whenever I spotted a ridiculous use of our taxes, I would point it out. Examples included moustache allowances, educatin...
  • #5: Are You Anchored to the Past?
    09 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    We make sense of the world by telling ourselves stories about it. This is necessary, we are hard-wired to do it, and we all know the pitfall: our stories can be simplistic, and distance from the truth...
  • #4: What are you waiting for?
    28 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    This is, I must confess, embarrassing. On September 10, I made my last post on this newsletter. It was meant to be Part 1 of a three-parter. The next two were supposed to appear on September 11 and 12...
  • Driven to Extremes. Part 1: News Television
    10 Sep 2020 • 4 min read
    This is Part 1 of a three-part essay, about why we are driven to extremes. The next two parts, releasing tomorrow and day after, will focus on society and politics. I have been told that some listener...
  • A Meditation on Form
    13 Aug 2020 • 4 min read
    I started recording an episode of The Seen and the Unseen at 7 pm yesterday. The recording ended after 10. My guest, no doubt relieved that the torment was over, asked, “Do people actually listen for ...
  • 'I'd Love to Rise From the Grave Every Ten Years'
    26 May 2020 • < 1 min read
    “I’d love to rise from the grave every ten years or so,” Luis Buñuel once said, “and go buy a few newspapers.” Buñuel died in 1983. If he were to rise from his grave today and see the state of the wor...
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