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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21 October 2020

Today in Photo

Olga is basically living my best life. #catsofinstagram #olgadapolga

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20 October 2020

Today in Photo

We recently cleaned our ceiling light and bought a new bulb for it. I need new glasses but I've forgotten my prescription and don't want to go get a new one. I'm watching The Wire on the red sofa and I have to have subtitles on because I can't understand what they're saying so I have to read with my glasses on and then my eyes get tired so I take them off and stretch to the ceiling and see a photograph while K makes impatient noises next to me. Looks a bit like a full moon. Looks a bit like Moonface who lives on top of the Faraway Tree. #indoors #sociallydistantlife #television #hiddenobjects

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18 October 2020

Today in Photo

Only a few more weeks to wear my summer clothes, ahhhh. I mean, winter is nice and all but my fashion always sucks because I'm always more concerned with being warm and cozy than I am with dressing up. Sigh. Besides we might all hibernate this winter, we certainly have a good enough excuse. But until then, here's a photo of a jumpsuit I bought at Artjuna in Goa which is this vegetarian hippy place with a boutique attached which always had weird clothes, like, you know, stuff you could buy at the beach but at twice the price. But I always hoped and one day the hoping paid off because I found this, and I love jumpsuits especially ones with dropped crotches. Wriggling in and out of them though is a different story so these straps have snapped before and probably will again. #whatiworetoday

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13 October 2020

Today in Photo

New cartoon! This one with a uniball pen on sketch paper. Self explanatory. #coronavirusdiaries #sketch #penandink #drawtober

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10 October 2020

Today in Photo

A sneak peek at my newsletter this week! (whatta great rhyme) no, but I illustrated The Internet Personified this edition which you can find by clicking on the link in bio or just Please subscribe! I am only 5 people away from 1000 which is a BIG DEAL in the small newsletter world! Tell your friends! #comic #newsletter #theinternetpersonified

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9 October 2020

The Internet Personified: The illustrated edition

Dear moonpies,

Surprise! I have drawn this newsletter for you! It’s partly because I am sort of half-heartedly doing a version of Inktober—that’s the yearly challenge where they give you drawing prompts all through October, and I’ve been meaning to draw more. I hope you can understand my handwriting, let me know a) what you think and b) if it’s legible. I’m sorry I haven’t written to you in a long time, but life has been fairly monotonous. Nice, but you know, same ol’, same ol’. (The sixth panel is supposed to have the word “night” but technical error.)


I finished Masaba Masaba on Netflix last week, which is this surprisingly fun show about Masaba Gupta, the designer and her mum, Neena Gupta, the actor. The twist is that the show is fiction, only “based on” real life. I liked it, I liked the body positivity, and the sexiness, and the storyline of being an older actor in Bollywood. I’d recommend it! Better than a lot of the other stuff on Netflix.

Stories I loved on the internet!

Blood fry and other recipes from my Dalit childhood made me want more food writing like this.

The story of the 19-year-old girl raped in Hathras.

Insults are my family’s love language.

I don’t know how to define this piece: babies? superstition? But I loved it and subscribed to the newsletter as soon as I read it. Isn’t it nice how much new writing is coming from people’s own newsletters and not just big media houses?

I will always link to an Arundhati Roy essay.

Judith Butler TAKES ON JK Rowling.

Ramona Quimby was my childhood BFF.

How work became an inexcapable hellhole.

Are you ageing correctly? (No.)

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Have a great week!



Where am I? The Internet Personified! A mostly weekly collection of things I did/thought/read/saw that week.

Who are you?Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, writer of internet words (and other things) author of seven books (support me by buying a book!) and general city-potter-er.

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7 October 2020

Today in Photo

One, two, three! (all in one frame is unusual.) Five seconds after this photo was taken, Squishy started being a dick to Bruno out of jealousy, because he thinks he should be wherever Bruno is and he should get alllll the attention, none for anyone else. He is the youngest, after all. #catsofinstagram #squishythecat #brunothetabby #olgadapolga

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6 October 2020

What I'm Reading

Working my way through 19th century novels at a great clip. Did I say Trollope was not for me in an earlier post? HOW WRONG I WAS! Tbf, I began with The Way We Live Now, which is one of his ATYPICAL masterpieces. I wanted to try typical. I wanted to see how Trollope-y Trollope could be. I wanted to read the most popular Trollope book there was, his Pride and Prejudice, his Little Women. Which is this oddly specific book about church politics which I know nothing about and about the people affected by church politics which was delicious and delightful and so funny! Actually it's not very MUCH about church politics so let your eyes sort of skim those sections as you get back to hating Mr Slope, a man whose face resembles beef... But not of the best quality. I'm so sold, I'm going to get the rest in his Barchester series, but you can read them stand alone and out of order like I did here. #anthonytrollope #barchestertowers #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020

5 October 2020

Today in Photo

When you know (your secret supervillain name) you know. I started calling myself The Red Rabbit as one of the bits I do (I'm so much fun to live with 🙄) and then K said "Y'know supervillains aren't usually RABBITS." And I was like "That's such a Grey Duck thing to say!" (I don't pick the names, they come to me from THE UNIVERSE) and he sighed deeply and said "At least add an OF DOOM to the end." This is a very elaborate explanation of my drawing today, thank you for reading. #sketch #drawing #wacom #drawtober

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4 October 2020

Today in Photo

Last birthday @rosad1985 gave me two saris (a "starter" one to practise in more and a slippery green batik number she said I might like to turn into a dress.) Because I am highly suggestible, I did just that and this dress was finished in March and we all know what happened after that. However, it's that excellent between warm and cool weather time in Delhi where you can wear your sleeveless silk dresses without sweating or shivering so I wore it out last night. Found a vantage point on the stairs outside our downstairs neighbour's house that is a very flattering and nicely lit spot for a clothes selfie so I'm just going to try and take all my photos there! In my hair (finally long enough) a flower clip, around my neck, beads that @arjunbuggy and @indiaffinity sent when they got married, so I was carrying my friends around with me, quite literally. #whatiworetoday

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