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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20 October 2018

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Cheerful face for Sunday lunch! The only thing bumming me out about our holiday is that we fly Air Asia with no check in baggage so that means only 5 dresses and two tops. I've been making mental selections for the last few weeks to choose the winners and sadly this polka dotted dress from Sarojini Nagar isn't making the cut, it's not versatile enough even though it's so pretty and has POCKETSES. Oh well, I comfort myself with the fact that South East Asia is full of Sarojini Nagars and I'll buy as I go along. #whatiworetoday

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16 October 2018

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One year ago, we decided to go legal. Which was also incidentally, six years from the day we started dating. No seven year itches today! Off to spend the day gallavanting with a movie and maybe some monument hanging. Happy anniversary to us and also a special shout out to our friend Anmol who introduced us and basically transformed my life. 📸 By Amita and Suraaj photography. #somethingsentimental #tbt

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15 October 2018

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This is the most inspirational book I've read all year. It could not have come to me at a better time. I'm reviewing it with another for Open this week, but I'm going to keep this copy at my desk at all times to remind me that I'm doing OK, I'm doing the right thing, I'm heading towards that mountain even when I think it's really far away. Read it as a writer, a reader, an artist, a CREATOR of any kind. You'll thank me for it. #158in2018 #bookstagram #nowreading #mrmbookclub

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12 October 2018

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It's almost our anniversary (HOW has it been a year? I feel like we just got together yesterday) (fun fact: that was seven years ago) SO ANYWAY here's a photo of just me posing with our beautiful wedding present from @ndhuldhoya and @manasisubramaniam. A decanter! We're so grown up and classy. Narrator: they were not, in fact, so grown up and classy. 📸 by Manasi. #winetimeisfinetime

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11 October 2018

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Another from my Sarojini haul worn out yesterday to various social gatherings. It has bicycles and scooters on it (even though an Alto would be more fitting since that is what I drive, I have never seen anything with an Alto print. One day when it's retro!) my earrings say "Oh No" and sum up my feelings, but I had a great night despite their exclamations. #whatiworetoday

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9 October 2018

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My new shoes are here from Paaduks just in time for our holiday next week! These are made from old truck tires, insanely comfortable and pretty cheap too. The ones on the right are completely waterproof, which may be of interest to my Goa friends and you know my very strong love of Kalamkari fabric. Hat tip to @manasisubramaniam who bought the first pair and then told us all about it. #whatiworetoday

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7 October 2018

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So exciting! Our guava tree gets its first fruit! I feel like a proud grandma. #eatwhatyougrow #terracegarden

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6 October 2018

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In these charged up times, is it too frivolous to post a picture of my clothes? Or do you maybe need the distraction? Either way, here's a pair of pants from Sarojini, teal blue and patterned with owls, so I can feel a bit like Athena on casual Friday. The pants are export surplus from a UK brand called FatFace and I strongly suspect they're pajamas which I'm happily wearing outside because wearing pajamas as going out pants is basically my eventual goal. Also on, my new lipstick which you can barely see, Nykaa's liquid matte range in a colour called Madras Kaapi which I adore for its subtlety. #whatiworetoday

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5 October 2018

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God(s), I love mythological retellings which is why I got into the myth lit business myself, but REIMAGINING is key, otherwise you're just writing it down the way it is in the epics. I've read the Iliad (and Madeline Miller's Song Of Achilles which is also amazing) but I'm only passingly familiar with the Odyssey. I know the broad strokes, the sirens, the witch, the cyclops, but this book, about the witch about living with your divinity in eternity (if you're a minor god, what else do you do?) it's long and I loved every bit of it. Seen here with the Matisse print Pasiphäe, who happened to be Circe's sister. I want to thrust this book on everyone I know who loves the old stories and the way modern writers make them shine again. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #nowreading #158in2018

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29 September 2018

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I don't know why the only photo where this dress looks best is also one in which I'm closing my eyes, but there's only so many times I can get K to take a photo again sooo yes. I have a lot of new clothes! Prepare yourself! This from Sarojini as well, they had a lot of the same cut with different patterns and I bought polka dots because obvs. I also bought a RED dress with WHITE polka dots but you can't have too many dots right? This is from last night, today I'm in a car on my way to Jindal Global University's lit fest and listening to the Babysitter's Club Club podcast on the loooooong drive there. #whatiworetoday

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