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The Seen and the Unseen, hosted by Amit Varma, features longform conversations that aim to give deep insights into the subjects being discussed. Timeless and bingeworthy.

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The Seen and the Unseen, hosted by Amit Varma, features longform conversations that aim to give deep insights into the subjects being discussed. Timeless and bingeworthy.

    Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley's Father's Scooter

    Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley's Father's Scooter

    India is a complex country. The last few decades have been full of tumult. How does one make sense of it all? Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley joins Amit Varma in episode 214 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the many frames he uses to look at our politics, economics, culture and Dilip Kumar.

    Also check out:
    1. Anticipating the Unintended -- Pranay Kotasthane and Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley's newsletter.
    2. Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, featuring Raghu Jaitley.
    3. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, featuring Sanjay Lal.
    4. It Happened One Night.
    5. Persuasion -- Yascha Mounk's newsletter.
    6. The Coddling of the American Mind -- Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.
    7. A Meditation on Form -- Amit Varma.
    8. Public Opinion -- Walter Lippman.
    9. The World Outside and the Pictures in our Heads -- Walter Lippman.
    10. A Venture Capitalist Looks at the World -- Episode 213 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Sajith Pai).
    11. Puliyabaazi -- Saurabh Chandra and Pranay Kotasthane's podcast.
    12. ये लिबरल आख़िर है कौन? -- Episode 37 of Puliyabaazi (w Amit Varma).
    13. Remembering Frédéric Bastiat (2007) -- Amit Varma.
    14. The Candemakers' Petition -- Frédéric Bastiat.
    15. Frédéric Bastiat's writings at Bastiat.org and Amazon.
    16. Also on Amazon, the books of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.
    17. Imagined Communities -- Benedict Anderson.
    18. The First Assault on Our Constitution -- Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
    19. Who Broke Our Republic? -- Episode 163 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Kapil Komireddi).
    20. The Emotional Dog and its Rational Tail -- Jonathan Haidt.
    21. Political Ideology in India -- Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma).
    22. The Three Languages of Politics -- Arnold Kling.
    23. Naya Daur, the anti-Nehruvian film from 1957.
    24. Nehru's Hero: Dilip Kumar In The Life Of India -- Meghnad Desai.
    25. The Twitter threads on Mahmood Farooqui by Kavita Krishnan and Audrey Truschke.
    26. Misogyny and our Legal System -- Episode 58 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Chandavarkar and Hamsini Hariharan).
    27. The Harshacharita of Banabhatta.
    28. Murty Classical Library of India.
    29. The End of History and the Last Man -- Francis Fukuyama.
    30. The Light that Failed -- Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes.
    31. Elite Imitation in Public Policy -- Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
    32. What Really Happened? — Lawrence H White on the 2008 Financial Crisis.
    33. Range Rover -- Archives of Amit Varma's poker column for the Times of India.
    34. The BJP’s Magic Formula -- Episode 45 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prashant Jha).
    35. How the BJP Wins -- Prashant Jha.
    36. The Concept of the Political -- Carl Schmitt.
    37. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on Demonetisation, collected in one Twitter thread.
    38. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister -- Amit Varma.
    39. Beware of the Useful Idiots -- Amit Varma.
    40. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills -- Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
    41. Fun Home -- Alison Bechdel.
    42. Restaurant Regulations in India -- Episode 18 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhu Menon).
    43. Kalyug -- Shyam Benegal's 1981 film.
    44. India After Gandhi -- Ramachandra Guha.
    45. Ramachandra Guha on The Seen and the Unseen: 1, 2, 3, 4.
    46. The Ideas of Our Constitution -- Episode 164 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Khosla).
    47. India’s Founding Moment — Madhav Khosla.
    48. Jadunath Sarkar, Jagdish Bhagwati and Amartya Sen on Amazon.
    49. The Idea of India -- Sunil Khilnani.
    50. The Indian Trilogy -- VS Naipaul.

    This episode is sponsored by CTQ Compunds. Check out The Daily Reader and FutureStack. Use the code UNSEEN for Rs 2500 off.

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    A Venture Capitalist Looks at the World

    A Venture Capitalist Looks at the World

    VCs have a crazy job description. They need to understand society, figure out what people will want tomorrow and bet on the future. Sajith Pai joins Amit Varma in episode 213 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about his frames of looking at the world -- and what he has learnt about media, entrepreneurship and this country of ours.

    Also check out:
    1. The Indus Valley Playbook -- Sajith Pai.
    2. Understand Startups, Metrics and Valuations -- Twitter thread by Sajith Pai.
    3. India2, English Tax and Building for the Next Billion Users -- Sajith Pai.
    4. India1, Avocado Startups & Product-Market Fit -- Sajith Pai.
    5. Indo-Anglians: The newest and fastest-growing caste in India -- Sajith Pai.
    6. MERIT colleges, national track India, & privilege blindness -- Sajith Pai.
    7. Deconstructing Indian Startups & VCs -- YouTube talk by Sajith Pai.
    8. India’s Start-Up Ecosystem -- Episode 171 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Mohit Satyanand).
    9. Indian Society: The Last 30 Years — Episode 137 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Santosh Desai).
    10. An Adman Reflects on Society & the Self -- Episode 199 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ambi Parameswaran). 
    11. Essays -- Paul Graham.
    12. Ali Abdaal on reaching one million subscribers and staying patient for the long haul.
    13. The First Assault on Our Constitution -- Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh). 
    14. The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.
    15. Finite and Infinite Games -- James Carse.
    16. It Happened in India -- Kishore Biyani.
    17. TikTok and the Sorting Hat -- Eugene Wei.
    18. The Art of Narrative Nonfiction (+ JBS Haldane) -- Episode 183 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Samanth Subramanian).
    19. Lessons in Investing (and Life) -- Episode 208 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Deepak Shenoy).
    20. The tweets by Benedict Evans and Pomp.
    21. VCs should play bridge -- Alex Danco.
    22. The only thing that matters -- Marc Andreessen.
    23. Fixing Indian Education -- Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).

    This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Check out their course, Introduction to Machine Learning. For free unlimited access for a month, click here.

    You can now buy Seen/Unseen swag. 

    And do check out Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.

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    Pandemonium in India's Banks

    Pandemonium in India's Banks

    India's financial system has been in crisis for more than a decade -- and it affects all of us. Tamal Bandyopadhyay joins Amit Varma in episode 212 of The Seen and the Unseen to make sense of all the turbulence.

    Also check out:
    1. Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy -- Tamal  Bandyopadhyay.
    2. Tamal Bandyopadhyay's books on Amazon.
    3. Tamal Bandyopadhyay's website.
    4. Tamal Bandyopadhyay's columns in Mint and Business Standard.
    5. India's Lost Decade -- Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
    6. The Fight of the Central Banker -- Episode 193 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Viral Acharya).
    7. The Importance of Finance -- Episode 125 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
    8. Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction -- 118 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
    9. Easy Money -- Episode 56 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul). 
    10. IL&FS and the Indian Financial System -- Episode 91 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul and Ashutosh Datar).
    11. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on public sector banks and NPAs..
    12. What Really Happened? — Lawrence H White on the 2008 Financial Crisis.
    13. Politics and the English Language -- George Orwell.
    14. Lady Chatterley's Lover -- DH Lawrence.
    15. Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and its Lessons -- Ben S Bernanke, Timothy F Geithner and Henry M Paulson Jr.
    16. Code Name God: The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science -- Mani Bhaumik.
    17. Ispat Bhi Hum Banate Hain -- The Tata Steel commercial. (Also this.)
    18. Complan Boy and Girl (w Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia).
    19. Maltova Mum.

    You can now buy Seen/Unseen swag.

    And do check out Amit’s online courses, The Art of Clear Writing and The Art of Podcasting.

    • 2 t 20 min.
    The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills

    The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills

    Our agriculture needs reform -- but we should be wary that our attempt to get there is not at the cost of our democracy. Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his insights on the process, content and implication of the farm bills. Also discussed: knowledge assimilation, public health, how we tackled the pandemic and what we can do going forward.

    Also check out:
    1. Ajay Shah's homepage.
    2. The Art and Science of Economic Policy -- Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    3. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah.
    4. Other episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ajay Shah: 1, 2, 3.
    5. The State of Our Farmers — Ep 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil, in Hindi).
    6. India's Agriculture Crisis -- Episode 140 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Barun Mitra & Kumar Anand). 
    7. Other episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on Agricultire: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    8. We Must Save Our Farmers — Amit Varma.
    9. The Indian State is the Greatest Enemy of the Indian Farmer — Amit Varma.
    10. A Tale of Two Satyagrahas — Amit Varma.
    11. Economic Freedom in Agriculture -- Ajay Shah.
    12. India: An Agricultural Trade Powerhouse -- Ajay Shah.
    13. Enabling a National Market for Food -- Anirudh Burman, Ila Patnaik, Shubho Roy & Ajay Shah.
    14. Feeding the Hungry in the Pandemic -- Episode 210 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ruben Mascarenhas).
    15. Previous episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on the pandemic: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
    16. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
    17. Public Choice Theory -- Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    18. Analysing the 2021 budget -- Ajay Shah.
    19. The Theatre of the Budget (2020) -- Episode 159 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah and Vivek Kaul). 
    20. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
    21. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread.
    22. India's Water Crisis -- Episode 60 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vishwanath S aka Zenrainman).
    23. The Delhi Smog -- Episode 44 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    24. Episode of The Seen and the Unseen on GST: 1, 2, 3.
    25. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on the farm bills & what followed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

    You can now buy Seen/Unseen swag.

    And do check out Amit’s online courses, The Art of Clear Writing and The Art of Podcasting.

    • 2 t 2 min.
    Feeding the Hungry in the Pandemic

    Feeding the Hungry in the Pandemic

    A virus can kill you -- and so can hunger. The lockdown last year led to an explosion of hunger around the country. Where the state failed, civil society stepped in. Ruben Mascarenhas joins Amit Varma in episode 210 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his initiative, Khaana Chahiye, that fed lakhs of people in Mumbai. Also discussed: activism, local politics and the clash between principles and the will to power.

    Also check out:
    1. Khaana Chahiya. (also on Twitter.)
    2. Litmus Test Project.
    3. A Life in Indian Politics -- Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan).
    4. Participatory Democracy -- Episode 160 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh).
    5. Cities and Citizens -- Episode 198 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh.)
    6. Previous episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on the pandemic: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
    7. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State -- Amit Varma.
    8. Reforming Urban Governance -- Episode 48 of The Seen and the Unseen (w V Ravichandar).
    9. Urban Governance in India -- Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
    10. Where Have All The Leaders Gone? -- Amit Varma.
    11. AAP and Down -- Mayank Gandhi and Shrey Shah.
    12. Politics and the Sociopath (2014) -- Amit Varma.
    13. Fixing Indian Education -- Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan)
    14. Education in India -- Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
    15. Our Unlucky Children (2008) -- Amit Varma.
    16. Fund Schooling, Not Schools (2007) -- Amit Varma.
    17. Where Anna Hazare Gets It Wrong (2011) -- Amit Varma.

    Also, registration is now open for Amit’s online courses, The Art of Clear Writing and The Art of Podcasting.

    • 2 t 57 min.
    Two Girls Hanging From a Tree

    Two Girls Hanging From a Tree

    In 2014, a photograph of two girls hanging from a tree in an Indian village went viral. Sonia Faleiro joins Amit Varma in episode 209 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the years she spent researching their story, and the complex layers of truth she uncovered. And also, how the larger crime is the one our society commits on itself.

    Also check out:
    1. The Good Girls -- Sonia Faleiro.
    2. Beautiful Thing -- Sonia Faleiro.
    3. 13 Men -- Sonia Faleiro.
    4. Sonia Faleiro's website.
    5. Lessons in Investing (and Life) -- Episode 208 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Deepak Shenoy).
    6. The Art of Narrative Nonfiction (+ JBS Haldane) -- Episode 183 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Samanth Subramanian).
    7. Random Family -- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc.
    8. Yuganta -- Irawati Karve.

    This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Check out their course, How Digital Technology Shapes Us. For free unlimited access for a month, click here.

    You can now buy Seen/Unseen swag.

    And do check out Amit’s online courses, The Art of Clear Writing and The Art of Podcasting.

    • 2 t 3 min.

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