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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.

    The Forgotten Greatness of PV Narasimha Rao

    The Forgotten Greatness of PV Narasimha Rao

    If leaders are to be judged by their actions, PV Narasimha Rao was our tallest leader. Vinay Sitapati joins Amit Varma in episode 283 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how Rao showed  conviction and political skill in going against the tides of the day to enable the 1991 reforms, which brought hundreds of millions of Indians out of poverty

    Also check out:
    1. Half-Lion: How PV Narasimha Rao Transformed India -- Vinay Sitapati.
    2. Jugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi -- Vinay Sitapati.
    3. The BJP Before Modi -- Episode 202 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati).
    4. The Insider -- PV Narasimha Rao.
    5. The Importance of the 1991 Reforms -- Episode 237 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Ajay Shah).
    6. Gandhi's Assassin: The Making of Nathuram Godse and His Idea of India -- Dhirendra Jha.
    7. Ascetic Games and Ayodhya: A Dark Night.
    8. How the BJP wins: Inside India’s Greatest Election Machine -- Prashant Jha.
    9. The BJP’s Magic Formula -- Episode 45 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prashant Jha).
    10. India’s Problem is Poverty, Not Inequality — Amit Varma.
    11. On Inequality — Harry Frankfurt.
    12. A Life in Indian Politics -- Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    13. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India — Akshaya Mukul.
    14. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul).
    15. The Life and Times of Vir Sanghvi -- Episode 236 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    16. The Clash of Civilizations? (the article) -- Samuel Huntington.
    17. The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order -- Samuel Huntington.
    18. Cut the Clutter with Shekhar Gupta.
    19. Headley And I -- S Hussain Zaidi and Rahul Bhatt.
    20. Wanting -- Luke Burgis.
    21. Abhijit Bhaduri Breaks the Algorithm -- Episode 279 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    22. René Girard on Amazon and Wikipedia.
    23. Amit Varma's tweet on winning the Asian Championships of Match Poker.
    24. The Blue Bedspread -- Raj Kamal Jha.
    25. The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda's Road to 9/11 -- Lawrence Wright.
    26. Modi’s Domination – What We Often Overlook — Keshava Guha.
    27. India’s Lost Decade -- Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
    28. The Alchemy of Finance -- George Soros.
    29. Sturgeon's Law and Survivorship Bias.
    30. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Libertarian -- Amit Varma.
    31. Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions -- Upinder Singh.
    32. Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History -- Romila Thapar.
    33. Romila Thapar, DD Kosambi and Irfan Habib.
    34. A Culture of Discrimination Or A Culture Of Emancipation? -- Aravindan Neelakandan on Romila Thapar.
    35. The Wire -- David Simon etc.
    36. Dekalog — Krzysztof Kieślowski.
    37. The Fissures of Modern Hinduism -- Pratap Bhanu Mehta delivers the DD Kosambi Memorial Lecture.
    38. Upinder Singh, Nayanjot Lahiri and Iravatham Mahadevan on Amazon.
    39. The Power Broker -- Robert A Caro.
    40. Robert A Caro on Amazon.
    41. The World Is What It Is -- Patrick French.
    42. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China -- Ezra Vogel.
    43. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister — Amit Varma.
    44. Sex tape: Andhra Governor N D Tiwari resigns.
    45. Bad liver and a broken heart -- Sunil Murthy on Leela Naidu.
    46. The Law of Truly Large Numbers.
    47. Unlikely is Inevitable -- Amit Varma.
    48. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln -- Doris Kearns Goodwin.
    49. To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story -- Jairam Ramesh.
    50. Brideshead Revisited -- Evelyn Waugh.
    51. Brideshead Revisited, the TV series.

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    • 4 hrs 21 min
    Naushad Forbes Wants to Fix India

    Naushad Forbes Wants to Fix India

    He's been an academic who's studied the country, and a businessman who's created wealth and jobs. Now he wants to help India achieve its potential. Naushad Forbes joins Amit Varma in episode 282 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about his life and learnings -- and the roadmap that can help India lift its citizens.

    Also check out:
    1. The Struggle And The Promise: Restoring India's Potential -- Naushad Forbes.
    2. Ram Guha Reflects on His Life -- Episode 266 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    3. Aakar Patel Is Full of Hope -- Episode 270 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    4. PG Wodehouse on Amazon.
    5. The Importance of the 1991 Reforms -- Episode 237 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Ajay Shah).
    6. Elite Imitation in Public Policy -- Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
    7. The Great Redistribution -- Amit Varma.
    8. Early Indians — Tony Joseph.
    9. Tony Joseph's episode of The Seen and the Unseen.
    10. Who We Are and How We Got Here — David Reich.
    11. Two-and-a-Half Bengalis Have an Economics Adda -- Episode 274 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajeswaro Sengupta and Shrayana Bhattacharya).
    12. India’s Problem is Poverty, Not Inequality — Amit Varma.
    13. On Inequality — Harry Frankfurt.
    14. Our Unlucky Children (2008) — Amit Varma.
    15. Fund Schooling, Not Schools (2007) — Amit Varma.
    16. The Beautiful Tree -- James Tooley.
    17. Fixing Indian Education -- Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
    18. The Loneliness of the Indian Woman -- Episode 259 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shrayana Bhattacharya).
    19. Black Beauty -- Anne Sewell.
    20. Enid Blyton and Gerald Durrell on Amazon.
    21. Leave it to Psmith -- PG Wodehouse.
    22. Survival In Auschwitz -- Primo Levi.
    23. Homage to Catalonia -- George Orwell.
    24. Steven Van Zandt: Springsteen, the death of rock and Van Morrison on Covid — Richard Purden.
    25. Marginal Revolution.
    26. Econ Talk — Russ Roberts’s podcast.
    27. Conversations With Tyler — Tyler Cowen’s podcast.
    28. Deirdre McCloskey on Amazon.
    29. Manmohan Singh's budget speech on July 24, 1991.
    30. Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working -- Jonathan Rauch.
    31. The oddest entry in Business Week's 2009 list of the 50 Most Powerful People in India.
    32. India’s Lost Decade — Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
    33. The Lost Decade — Puja Mehra.
    34. State Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century -- Francis Fukuyama.
    35. The Origins of Political Order -- Francis Fukuyama.
    36. Political Order and Political Decay -- Francis Fukuyama.
    37. James Buchanan on Amazon.
    38. Public Choice Theory -- Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    39. Public Choice: A Primer — Eomonn Butler.
    40. Wonder Woman, the God of War and Public Choice Economics -- Amit Varma and Kumar Anand.
    41. Narendra Shenoy and Mr Narendra Shenoy -- Episode 250 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    42. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills -- Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
    43. Why Children Labour (2007) -- Amit Varma.
    44. Becoming Modern -- Alex Inkeles and David H Smith.
    45. The Overton Window.
    46. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty — Albert O Hirschman.
    47. India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy -- Ramachandra Guha.
    48. Wealth And Poverty Of Nations -- David S Landes.
    49. The Uncommon Reader -- Alan Bennett.
    50. On Liberty -- John Stuart Mill.
    51. Patriots and Partisans -- Ramachandra Guha.
    52. Democrats and Dissenters -- Ramachandra Guha.
    53. 1984 -- George Orwell.
    54. The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph -- Albert O Hirschman.
    55. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin on Spotify.
    56. Brahms: Second Piano C

    • 3 hrs 2 min
    From Cairo to Delhi With Max Rodenbeck

    From Cairo to Delhi With Max Rodenbeck

    He grew up in Cairo, spent many years writing on the Middle East, saw the Arab Spring coming, and was bureau chief of the Economist in South Asia. Max Rodenbeck joins Amit Varma in episode 281 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his experiences in journalism, the lessons he learnt in India, and the troubling ways in which it resembles Egypt.

    Also check out:
    1. Max Rodenbeck on Twitter, The New York Review of Books and Wikipedia.
    2. Cairo: The City Victorious -- Max Rodenbeck.
    3. Selected stories on India by the Economist: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
    4. The Power of Arabic -- Max Rodenbeck.
    5. The Father of Violent Islamism -- Max Rodenbeck.
    6. How She Wants to Modify Muslims -- Max Rodenbeck.
    7. Bin Laden’s Death: Why the Arab World Shrugs -- Max Rodenbeck.
    8. The Long Wait -- Max Rodenbeck.
    9. Max Rodenbeck interviewed on What I Did Next.
    10. Top Gun -- Tony Scott.
    11. The Godfather -- Francis Ford Coppola.
    12. Once Upon a Time in the West -- Sergio Leone.
    13. Creature Features.
    14. Godzilla and Creature From the Black Lagoon.
    15. Agatha Christie on Amazon.
    16. Tintin on Amazon.
    17. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
    18. Enid Blyton on Amazon.
    19. The Golden Age of Murder -- Martin Edwards.
    20. $41,754,153! -- Brandon Sanderson.
    21. Brandon Sanderson's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign ends with $41.7 million -- K Holt.
    22. Brandon Sanderson on Amazon and YouTube.
    23. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones — Pradip Krishen.
    24. Gell-Mann Amnesia.
    25. A Nile Journal -- Thomas Gold Appleton.
    26. Lawrence Wright on Amazon.
    27. Roam Research — and Zettelkasten.
    28. US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death -- BBC.
    29. Inside Bangladesh’s killing fields: bloggers and outsiders targeted by fanatics -- Emma Graham-Harrison and Saad Hammadi.
    30. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India — Akshaya Mukul.
    31. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul).
    32. The Incredible Curiosities of Mukulika Banerjee -- Episode 276 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Mukulika Banerjee.)
    33. The Pathan Unarmed — Mukulika Banerjee.
    34. The First Assault on Our Constitution — Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
    35. Nehru’s Debates — Episode 262 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain.)
    36. Rukmini Sees India’s Multitudes — Episode 261 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rukmini S).
    37. The Importance of the 1991 Reforms -- Episode 237 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Ajay Shah).
    38. India’s Lost Decade — Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
    39. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir — David Devadas.
    40. Radically Networked Societies -- Episode 158 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane).
    41. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on agriculture (in reverse chronological order): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    42. Fixing Indian Education -- Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
    43. Education in India — Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
    44. Njáls saga.
    45. Honoré de Balzac on Amazon.
    46. The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee -- Honoré de Balzac.
    47. Michael Pollan on how coffee enabled the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
    48. The Lives of Others -- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
    49. Yol -- Şerif Gören and Yılmaz Güney.
    50. Baden Powell on Spotify.
    51. Le Bureau.
    52. The Anchoring Effect.
    53. Narendra Shenoy and Mr Narendra Shenoy -- Episode 250 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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    • 4 hrs 17 min
    Manjima Bhattacharjya: The Making of a Feminist

    Manjima Bhattacharjya: The Making of a Feminist

    The world is changing for women -- but is it getting better? Manjima Bhattacharjya joins Amit Varma in episode 280 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe her journey as a feminist and why she believes in the long arc. She also talks about her book Intimate City, and the changing face of sex work in India.

    Also check out:
    1. Manjima Bhattacharjya on Twitter, YouTube and Google Scholar.
    2. Intimate City -- Manjima Bhattacharjya.
    3. Mannequin: Working Women in India's Glamour Industry -- Manjima Bhattacharjya.
    4. Jhumpa Lahiri on Amazon.
    5. Empire of the Sun -- Steven Spielberg.
    6. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones — Pradip Krishen.
    7. Farouk Abdul-Aziz and Kuwait Cine Club.
    8. Nancy Drew on Wikipedia and Amazon.
    9. The Life and Times of Mrinal Pande -- Episode 263 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    10. Some episodes on The Seen and the Unseen that touched on feminism with Paromita Vohra, Kavita Krishnan, Kavitha Rao, Namita Bhandare and Shrayana Bhattacharjya, 
    11. Kali For Women.
    12. Jagori.
    13. Mrityudand -- Prakash Jha.
    14. The Ferment of Our Founders -- Episode 272 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Kapila).
    15. Rukmini Sees India’s Multitudes — Episode 261 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rukmini S).
    16. Bargaining with Patriarchy -- Deniz Kandiyoti.
    17. On the Road to Change -- A conversation between Kavita Krishnan and Amit Varma.
    18. If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai — Srinath Perur.
    19. One Bad Law Goes, but Women Remain Second-Class Citizens -- Amit Varma.
    20. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread.
    21. Who gains from the new Maternity Benefit Act Amendment? -- Devika Kher.
    22. Here’s What’s Wrong With the Maternity Benefits Act -- Suman Joshi.
    23. Why Children Labour (2007) -- Amit Varma.
    24. Metrics of Empowerment — Episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Devika Kher, Nidhi Gupta and Hamsini Hariharan).
    25. The #MeToo Movement -- Episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Supriya Nair and Nikita Saxena).
    26. An Economist Looks at #MeToo -- Episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
    27. Superforecasting — Philip Tetlock & Dan Gardner.
    28. The Problem that Has No Name -- Betty Friedan.
    29. Kamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya.
    30. Live Sex Acts -- Wendy Chapkis.
    31. Beautiful Thing — Sonia Faleiro.
    32. Two Girls Hanging From a Tree -- Episode 209 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Sonia Faleiro).
    33. Daily Rituals — Mason Currey.
    34. Daily Rituals: Women at Work — Mason Currey.
    35. Thin Places -- Ann Armbrecht.
    36. Cheryl Strayed on Amazon.
    37. Mahanagar — Satyajit Ray.
    38. India = Migration -- Episode 128 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Chinmay Tumbe).
    39. India Moving — Chinmay Tumbe.
    40. Abhimaan -- Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
    41. Natasha Badhwar on Amazon.
    42. Parenthood -- Episode 43 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Natasha Badhwar).
    43. Yuzvendra Chahal's bullying.
    44. Memories and Things — Episode 195 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aanchal Malhotra).
    45. Temporarily Yours – Intimacy, Authenticity and the Commerce of Sex -- Elizabeth Bernstein.
    46. The Girlfriend Experience.
    47. Everybody Lies — Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.
    48. The Truth About Ourselves — Amit Varma.
    49. Literotica stories archive.
    50. The news article about a journalist and some artists forced to strip to their underwear.
    51. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on the creator economy with Roshan Abbas, Varun Duggirala, Neelesh Misra, Snehal Pradhan, Chuck Gopal, Nishant Jain, Deepak Shenoy and Abhijit Bhaduri.
    52. 11th Lane: Kamathipura -- Sudharak Olwe.
    53. Tawaif -- Episode 174 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Saba Dewan).
    54. Notting Hill and Pretty Woman.
    55. An Educated Woman In Prostitution -- Manada Devi.
    56. Factory Girls -- Leslie T Chang.
    57. Gangubai Kathiawadi -- Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
    58. Elles

    • 4 hrs 2 min
    Abhijit Bhaduri Breaks the Algorithm

    Abhijit Bhaduri Breaks the Algorithm

    If you make space for serendipity in your life, good things happen. Abhijit Bhaduri joins Amit Varma in episode 279 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe his journey from the corporate life to the creator economy -- and the lessons he learnt along the way.

    Also check out:
    1. Abhijit Bhaduri on Amazon, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and his own website.
    2. Dreamers and Unicorns -- Abhijit Bhaduri.
    3. The Digital Tsunami -- Abhijit Bhaduri.
    4, Selected talks on YouTube by Abhijit Bhaduri: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    5. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on the creator ecosystem with Roshan Abbas, Varun Duggirala, Neelesh Misra, Snehal Pradhan, Chuck Gopal, Nishant Jain and Deepak Shenoy.
    6. A Meditation on Form — Amit Varma.
    7. The Prem Panicker Files -- Episode 217 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    8. The Curse of Knowledge.
    9. Amitava Kumar Finds the Breath of Life -- Episode 265 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    10. The Invisible Gorilla.
    11. When Daddy Was a Little Boy -- Alexander Raskin and Lev Tokamakov. (Original cover.)
    12. Tuntunir Galpa/The tale of The Tailer-Bird -- Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury.
    13. The Complete Adventures of Feluda -- Satyajit Ray.
    14. Mukh Chai Mukh -- Milan Mukhopadhyay.
    15. Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Ashapurna Devi, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Banaphul, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Shivani and Munshi Premchand.
    16. Ravi Shankar, Bhimsen Joshi and Kishori Amonkar on Spotify.
    17. Haré Rama Haré Krishna -- Dev Anand.
    18. The Charm of Raga Des - Abhijit Bhaduri.
    19. SD Burman and Nikhil Banerjee on Spotify.
    20. Is Old Music Killing New Music? -- Ted Gioia.
    21. The Universe of Chuck Gopal -- Episode 258 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    22. Brave New World -- Episode 203 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vasant Dhar).
    23. Wanting -- Luke Burgis.
    24. Khushwant Singh and Mulkraj Anand on Amazon.
    25. RK Laxman, Mario Miranda and Ajit Ninan.
    26. In Search of Excellence -- Tom Peters.
    27. Mirch Masala -- Ketan Mehta.
    28. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla -- Basu Chatterjee.
    29. 12 Angry Men -- Sidney Lumet.
    30. Housefull Economics.
    31. Manu Pillai and Ramachandra Guha on Amazon.
    32. Episodes of the Seen and the Unseen w Manu Pillai: 1, 2, 3, 4.
    33. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen w Ramachandra Guha: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    34. The Hedgehog And The Fox — Isaiah Berlin.
    35. Are you a career3.0 person stuck in a career1.0 Job? -- Abhijit Bhaduri.
    36. Miss Excel on Instagram and TikTok.
    37. How an Excel Tiktoker Manifested Her Way to Making Six Figures a Day — Nilay Patel.
    38. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones -- Pradip Krishen.
    39. How Social Media Threatens Society — Episode 8 of Brave New World (Jonathan Haidt speaking to host Vasant Dhar).
    40. Elite Imitation in Public Policy -- Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (on isomorphic mimicry, with Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
    41. Skeuomorphic Design.
    42. The New World Upon Us -- Amit Varma on Alpha Zero.
    43. Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match -- Mike Klein.
    44. Dicing An Onion -- Gordon Ramsey.
    45. Satyajit Ray on Amazon.
    46. Feluda @ 50 -- Edited by Boria Mazumdar.
    47. Days & Nights In The Forest -- Sunil Gangopadhyay.
    48. The Art of Translation -- Episode 168 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Arunava Sinha).
    49. Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages — Peggy Mohan.
    50. Understanding India Through Its Languages -- Episode 232 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Peggy Mohan).

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    • 4 hrs 17 min
    Climate Change and Our Power Sector

    Climate Change and Our Power Sector

    To fight climate change, we need to reform the power sector. Right now, it's dysfunctional. Akshay Jaitly and Ajay Shah join Amit Varma in episode 278 of The Seen and the Unseen to share their roadmap for change. 

    Also check out:
    1. Akshay Jaitly on Twitter, Linkedin, Nicheless and Substack. Ajay Shah on Twitter and Substack.
    2. The lowest hanging fruit on the coconut tree: India's climate transition through the price system in the power sector -- Akshay Jaitly and Ajay Shah.
    3. Akshay Jaitly and Ajay Shah's aggregated pieces on energy and climate.
    4. The Time To Privatise India’s Electricity Sector Is Now -- Akshay Jaitly and Ajay Shah.
    5. Root cause analysis for the electricity crisis -- Akshay Jaitly and Ajay Shah.
    6. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah.
    7. The Art and Science of Economic Policy -- Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah).
    8. Other episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ajay Shah: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    9. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State -- Amit Varma.
    10. Naren Shenoy's fancy dress competition.
    11. Narendra Shenoy and Mr Narendra Shenoy -- Episode 250 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    12. Amitava Kumar Finds the Breath of Life -- Episode 265 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    13. The Chronicles of Narnia -- CS Lewis.
    14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- Roald Dahl.
    15. Alistair MacLean and John Steinbeck on Amazon.
    16. Grapes of Wrath -- John Steinbeck.
    17. Of Mice and Men -- John Steinbeck.
    18. André Gide and Albert Camus on Amazon.
    19. Another Country -- James Baldwin.
    20. Warren Mendonsa Plays the Universal Pentatonic -- Episode 273 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    21. Jonathan Haidt on Amazon.
    22. Kashmir and Article 370 -- Episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan).
    23. Hind Swaraj -- Mohandas Gandhi.
    24. Politics and the Sociopath -- Amit Varma.
    25. Google Scholar.
    26. Roam Research and Zettelkasten.
    27. Discom Privatisation Challenged (Dec 2020) -- Akshay Jaitly.
    28. Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance -- Edited by Devesh Kapur and Madhav Khosla.
    29. The Use of Knowledge in Society -- Friedrich Hayek.
    30. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    31. History of UN Climate Talks.
    32. The Evolution of the UNFCCC -- Jonathan Kuyper, Heike Schroeder and Björn-Ola Linnér.
    33. The COP List.
    34. The Road From Rio (1993) -- Prodipto Ghosh and Akshay Jaitly.
    35. William Nordhaus versus the United Nations on Climate Change Economics -- Robert P Murphy.
    36. Hotter than the human body can handle: Pakistan city broils in world’s highest temperatures -- Ben Farmer.
    37. Price Controls Lead to Shortages and Harm the Poor -- Amit Varma.
    38. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills -- Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
    39. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister -- Amit Varma.
    40. Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All -- Michael Shellenberger.
    41. Nuclear Power Can Save the World — Joshua S Goldstein, Staffan A Qvist and Steven Pinker.
    42. Kim Stanley Robinson on Amazon.
    43. Death at Intervals -- José Saramago.
    44. The Shape of Water -- Andrea Camilleri.
    45. The Terracotta Dog -- Andrea Camilleri.
    46. 12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love -- Jeanette Winterson.
    47. The Singularity Is Near -- Ray Kurzweil.
    48. Report to Greco -- Nikos Kazantzakis.
    49. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics -- Carlo Rovelli.
    50. Michael Dibdin on Amazon.

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