My latest book is The One Who Swam With The Fishes.

"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times

"Themes of fate, morality and power overlay a subtle and essential feminism to make this lyrical book a must-read. If this is Madhavan’s first book in the Girls from the Mahabharata series, there is much to look forward to in the months to come." - Open Magazine

"A gleeful dollop of Blytonian magic ... Reddy Madhavan is also able to tackle some fairly sensitive subjects such as identity, the love of and karmic ties with parents, adoption, the first sexual encounter, loneliness, and my favourite, feminist rage." - Scroll



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30 May 2020

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What does living with three cats look like? This. (you're lucky I didn't take an artistic photo of all the clumps of cat fur I swept up this morning.) well, I guess that's why the classy dupatta-throw look was invented. #coronavirusdiaries #catsofinstagram

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23 May 2020

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After her bath, she delicately dusts herself with this and then turns on her laptop to have a Zoom conversation with her friends, lifting her feet out of the way so the masked maid can sweep underneath her and she grumbles about how her bootlegger is completely useless these days and out of the corner of her eye she notices the maid taking off her mask to wipe her face and she says, "Hang on guys, the maid's exposing all of us to germs, honestly these people" and after she's done shouting at her maid, she lies in bed in her air conditioned room looking at pictures from her Paris trip in January. She posts a nice one, a brimming plate, a glass of wine. "Gutted that we can't go to Venice as we planned," she types, "It's so hard." Later, her cook bakes some bread, but she has to keep popping her head in to the kitchen to supervise and so she can post a picture of the bread to Facebook so she's hot again. She takes another shower just before bed, puts on more of this powder and goes to sleep, dreaming of beautiful things. #coronavirusdiaries

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17 May 2020

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Some of us got more drastic lockdown looks than others. #coronavirusdiaries

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13 May 2020

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Some more dog drawings! The page is almost complete and I'm starting on a cat version of this too. #sketch #dogdoodles

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10 May 2020

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Me (in my first sari! Age 17ish?) with my mum and grandmother to remind you that being a daughter is a bit like being a Russian nesting doll. In my case, I'm probably the last doll but with some of you, you'll always be able to see part of your mother in your daughter and on and on and on. #mothersday #flashback #coronavirusdiaries

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9 May 2020

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I don't really have that many Zoom calls tbh but I like drawing pie charts anyway. #coronavirusdiaries #piechart

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5 May 2020

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I don't normally share food photos on my feed because as lovely as my cooking has become (ahem. At least WE like it so that's something) it's just not very photogenic. But look how beautiful this karela salad is. I let the vegetable ripen on the vine, which is why it has those bright red seeds. My second time making it, since K also likes it, this time I tweaked the recipe: added a little green pepper, and chopped onions and chillis to karela sliced thin in a dressing of vinegar (out of lemons but those are ideal) salt, ginger and a pinch of brown sugar. It's now sitting in the fridge for an hour so the flavours absorb. So good and so green and crunchy! The bitterness fades in the dressing completely. #coronavirusdiaries #homecooking #karela #eatwhatyougrow #terracegarden

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2 May 2020

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Since I've been teaching myself line drawing through this old textbook I found online, I decided to go off book and just draw dogs. Proportions are a lot easier thanks to the lessons I've learned and I like drawing dogs, they have so much variety. #coronavirusdiaries #sketch #dogstagram #dogdoodles

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29 April 2020

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The lockdown caption just writes itself. (but seriously admiring my armpits right now, so soft, so hairy.) #coronavirusdiaries

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26 April 2020

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Bruno supervises a video call but really I took this photo for how nice and tropical it looks on our balcony this evening. #coronavirusdiaries #terracegarden

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