Episode 329: Murali Neelakantan Looks at the World

He gave up a staggeringly successful career to live a quiet life — and now he shares his wisdom with us. Murali Neelakantan joins Amit Varma in episode 329 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the life he has lived and the lessons he has learnt.

Also check out:
1. Murali Neelankantan on Twitter and LinkedIn.
2. An Idea of a Law School — NR Madhava Menon, Murali Neelakantan and Sumeet Malik.
3. Akshaya Mukul and the Life of Agyeya — Episode 324 of The Seen and the Unseen.
4. The Life and Times of Shanta Gokhale — Episode 311 of The Seen and the Unseen.
5. Wanting — Luke Burgis.
6. It is immoral to have children. Here’s why — Amit Varma.
7. The Loneliness of the Indian Woman — Episode 259 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shrayana Bhattacharya).
8. The Life and Times of Mrinal Pande — Episode 263 of The Seen and the Unseen.
9. Sara Rai Inhales Literature — Episode 255 of The Seen and the Unseen.
10. Casino Royale — Martin Campbell.
11. Schrödinger’s cat.
12. Dance Dance For the Halva Waala — Episode 294 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jai Arjun Singh and Subrat Mohanty).
13. Right to Education: Just another law — Meera Neelakantan.
14. The Life and Times of Abhinandan Sekhri — Episode 254 of The Seen and the Unseen.
15. The Forgotten Greatness of PV Narasimha Rao — Episode 283 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati).
16. The Prem Panicker Files — Episode 217 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prem Panicker).
17. Major Navneet Vats SM.
18. Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To — David Sinclair.
19. The Lifespan Podcast by David Sinclair.
20. The Adda at the End of the Universe — Episode 309 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vikram Sathaye and Roshan Abbas).
21. Loss Aversion.
22. Aandhi — Gulzar.
23. Nowhere Near — Yo La Tengo.
24. Dil Hi To Hai Na Sang o Hishat — Abida Parveen.
25. Ranjish hi Sahi — Mehdi Hasan.
26. Old Man — Neil Young.
27. Oscar Wilde on Amazon and Wikipedia.
28. Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho — Jagjit Singh.
29. Bonjour Tristesse — Françoise Sagan.
30. Everybody Lies — Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.
31. Politics and the Sociopath (2014) — Amit Varma.
32. History of European Morals — WEH Lecky.
33. The Expanding Circle — Peter Singer.
34. Dunbar’s number.
35. Rankthings.io by Aella and David.
36. Aella on Twitter and Substack.
37. Ye Humse Na Hoga — Javed Akhtar.
38. All You Who Sleep Tonight — Vikram Seth.
39. GCN +.
40. The Gentle Wisdom of Pratap Bhanu Mehta — Episode 300 of The Seen and the Unseen.
41. The Life and Times of Jerry Pinto — Episode 314 of The Seen and the Unseen.
42. SVB, Banking and the State of the Economy — Episode 323 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah and Mohit Satyanand).
43. Ashutosh Salil and the Challenge of Change — Episode 312 of The Seen and the Unseen.
44. Laws Against Victimless Crimes Should Be Scrapped — Amit Varma.
45. One Bad Law Goes, but Women Remain Second-Class Citizens — Amit Varma.
46. ये लिबरल आख़िर है कौन? — Episode 37 of Puliyabaazi (w Amit Varma, on Hayek).
47. Elite Imitation in Public Policy — Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (on isomorphic mimicry, with Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
48. The Long Road From Neeyat to Neeti — Episode 313 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane and Raghu S Jaitley).
49. Narendra Shenoy and Mr Narendra Shenoy — Episode 250 of The Seen and the Unseen.
50. Restaurant Regulations in India — Episode 18 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhu Menon).
51. The Wealth of Nations — Adam Smith.
52. The Theory of Moral Sentiments — Adam Smith.
53. Humesha Der Kar Deta Hoon Main — Muneer Niazi.
54. The Economics and Politics of Vaccines — Episode 223 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
55. Rustom — Tinu Suresh Desai on the Nanavati case.
56. Natasha Badhwar Lives the Examined Life — Episode 301 of The Seen and the Unseen.
57. The Nurture Assumption — Judith Rich Harris.
58. Mohit Satyanand on Twitter and Substack.
59. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Mohit Satyanand: 123456.
60. Richard Dawkins on unpleasant gods.
61. Pushpesh Pant Feasts on the Buffet of Life — Episode 326 of The Seen and the Unseen.
62. Three Hundred Verses: Musings on Life, Love and Renunciation — Bhartrihari.
63. Drug Price Controls — Episode 29 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pavan Srinath).
64. The Dark Side of Indian Pharma — Episode 245 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Dinesh Thakur).
65. Bottle of Lies — Katherine Eban.
66. The Truth Pill: The Myth of Drug Regulation in India — Dinesh Thakur and Prashant Reddy.
67. Fire in the Blood — Dylan Mohan Gray.
68. New York Stories — Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.
69. The Ideas of Our Constitution — Episode 164 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Khosla).
70. Kumārasambhava — Kalidasa.
71. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking — Susan Cain.
72. Goodbye, Mr Chips — Sam Wood.
73. Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil — Jim Goddard.
74. What Money Can’t Buy — Michael Sandel.
75. Tum Bilkul Hum Jaise Nikle — Fehmida Riaz.
76.  Kuchh Log Tumhein Samjhaaenge — Fehmida Riaz.
77. The Four Quadrants of Conformism — Paul Graham.

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Episode art: ‘This is the World’ by Simahina.