- A popular Columnist, both in English and Hindi, a compilation of his columns, People Like Us, first published in the Hindustan Times, came out in book form with the same name (Har-Anand 2001).
- He wrote a very well-received column, Uncivil Service, in The Pioneer for several years.
- Being Indian, his column that addressed issues close to his heart was published for several years in Mail Today.
- Mr Varma now writes a regular monthly column for the prestigious Times of India, and a fortnightly column for Asian Age and the Deccan Chronicle.
- He is also a regular presence on National Television, both as a respected commentator on national issues.