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FACT AND FICTION Amit Varma
FACT AND FICTION Amit Varma

Blogger Amit Varma makes his fiction debut

I always wanted to write fiction. Journalism and the blog (Indiauncut.com) happened by chance. I never expected that Indiauncut would become so popular,” says Amit Varma, journalist and renowned blogger. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Observer. His blog, Indiauncut.com is a light take on polices, economics, media and other issues that govern life in India.

Talking about his debut novel, “My Friend Sancho”, Amit says, “The story revolves around a tabloid journalist, who witnesses an encounter killing and is asked to do a profile on the victim. In the process, he meets and starts to develop a special bond with the victim’s daughter. ”

The book manages to grapple with a range of social issues including complex religious divides that continues to exist in the country. Amit feels, “I am not writing this book with a particular audience in mind. I hope that everyone who likes a good read will enjoy it. You need to be subtle in putting forth a message; else you may not impress a first time reader much.”

There have been suggestions that Indiauncut.com should be converted into a book format. Amit does not agree, “It may not be successful as a book since the blog depends a lot on links to various news stories. Blogs as books may not do that well.”

Amit is currently working on his second book.

But, he assures everyone, “I shall continue to contribute to Indiauncut .”

“My Friend Sancho”, is priced at Rs.195

NIKHIL VARMA

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