Episode 386: Shashi Verma Made London Move

Our cities have changed — but the ways in which they are governed and imagined can take time to catch up. Shashi Verma joins Amit Varma in episode 386 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe his journey in thought and action — and his pioneering work in reshaping urban transport.

Also check out:
1. Shashi Verma on LinkedIn and Centre for London.
2. Shashi Verma on Transport in the 21st Century — Episode 83 of Brave New World, hosted by Vasant Dhar.
3. The Brave New Future of Electricity — Episode 40 of Everything is Everything.
4. Guns, Germs and Steel — Jared Diamond.
5. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India — Akshaya Mukul.
6. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul).
7. Deepak VS and the Man Behind His Face — Episode 373 of The Seen and the Unseen.
8. How We Do the Small Things — Amit Varma.
9. Praise for intelligence can undermine children’s motivation and performance — Claudia Mueller and Carol Dweck.
10. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
11. Confronting Constraints: Shashi Verma & Transport for London Tackle a Tough Contract — Harvard case study.
12. Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure — Oliver Hart.
13. India: The Dabhol Power Corporation — Shashi Verma’s case study for Harvard Kennedy School.
14. The Practice of Medicine — Episode 229 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Lancelot Pinto).
15. The Epic of Gilgamesh.
16. Dunbar’s number.
17. The Life and Death of Ancient Cities — Greg Woolf.
18. The Complete Sherlock Holmes — Arthur Conan Doyle.
19. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
20. The Importance of the 1991 Reforms — Episode 237 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Ajay Shah).
21. The Life and Times of Montek Singh Ahluwalia — Episode 285 of The Seen and the Unseen.
22. The Reformers — Episode 28 of Everything is Everything.
23. The Death and Life of Great American Cities — Jane Jacobs.
24. The Power Broker — Robert Caro.
25.  Michael Beesley and Cost Benefit Analysis — CD Foster.
26. Pritika Hingorani Wants to Fix Our Cities — Episode 361 of The Seen and the Unseen.
27. Reclaim the Sky — Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Alex Tabarrok).
28. Status Quo Bias.
29. Parkinson’s Law — C Northcote Parkinson.
30. Seen/Unseen episodes with singing by Karthik Muralidharan and Ashwini Deshpande — and no singing by TM Krishna.
31. Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages — Peggy Mohan.
32. Understanding India Through Its Languages — Episode 232 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Peggy Mohan).
33. Pyaasa — Guru Dutt.

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Episode art: ‘London Calling’ by Simahina.