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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6 April 2020

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Ugly backsides of buildings (why are all Delhi houses so hideous from behind?) but still kind of geometrically appealing in the sunset over the rooftops. #coronavirusdiaries #urbanjungle

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4 April 2020

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BREAKING: Bat Creature of Evil contemplates world domination, says is "pleased with progress thus far." #catstagram #squishythecat

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27 March 2020

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What else could you ask of a spring evening than a pink gin and that sky? OK--I mean, besides having some loved ones over to share the evening with you, but it's nice in the quiet also. Just birdsong and a few adventurous children in the park opposite whose mothers haven't locked them in. #coronavirusdiaries

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24 March 2020

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Since @janicepariat asked me for a photo of my writing desk with all the stuff that has meaning around it, I sent her like fifty THOUSAND messages about it for her own series (highlighted in her stories.) And then I thought I'd put up a post on my own feed and tag a few extra people also so we can see what working from home looks like to everyone. As for me, you know working from home IS working for me, this is how I normally live so my study is my office. I call it my growlery, British style, because I am often to be found growling in it. Things I love include: the desk itself, which took me through board exams & college crises before returning to me as a grown up, my beloved mechanical keyboard which I recommend to every writer, my laptop has stickers from all over the place, my "art" on the wall next to me, my chair used to belong to an ex but he left and the chair stayed and it is much more comfortable than he ever was. What else? The growlery itself was made out of the terrace bathroom and I chose this green as well as the flowered tiles for an Austen vibe. This might be my favourite room in our whole house, which is good because I wrote three books in it. I tag @ameyann @samitbasu @nayantarasood @samira.sood and @diksha_basu to post a picture of their #wfmworkspace. Is this how tag memes work? I guess we'll find out!

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22 March 2020

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The overbloomed spring roses were smelling so nice, I brought a few indoors for the coffee table along with the yellow whatsit. The Indian honeysuckle? Gorgeous, whatever its name is. #thelittlethings #terracegarden #flowers

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17 March 2020

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Cows are hard to draw, even if they're floating heads. #painting #poetry #deenametzger

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15 March 2020

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Had a (very little) social gathering. Separate chip dip bowls for everyone, no hugging, lots of hand washing. But I made some Bloody Marys and we sat in the sun and talked about these strange times we live in. Photo courtesy the beauty mode on my phone which has tried to fix my deviated nasal septum and made it kind of pointy? Oh well, I still feel cute and not contagious. #terracegarden #bloodymary #sundays #coronavirusdiaries

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13 March 2020

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Harvest in case of apocalypse. #strawberries #terracegarden #eatwhatyougrow

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10 March 2020

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Lots of cat content brought to you by staying home with a strep throat, coronavirus threats and end of winter glory. Happy Bruno because he had fish head soup yesterday and now he is forever hopeful for more. 📸 and scritches by K. #catsofinstagram #brunothetabby

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9 March 2020

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No one as pretty as my pretty girl. #catsofinstagram #olgadapolga

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