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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16 March 2019

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Have decided to get back into my drawing practice once more (predictably picking up hobbies because I have a book to write) . This time I'm planning a series with my favourite animals, starting with this Indian Eagle Owl, which looks (yay) like an owl! Which is half the battle won. Drawn with a photo in front of me to remind me of the details. #sketch #indianeagleowl #wacom

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15 March 2019

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A rare "ethnic" day though I'm not crazy about that word and how it others some clothes from the mainstream. In some eyes this is just a long top and pants, in others it's a kurta with pajamas. Either way, was feeling very attracted to chikan work since a friend came over wearing it and then serendipitously my mum gave me this kurta yesterday. Pants are old, cotton bell bottomy things from Anokhi. I like the way these look together. Fully transparent so you can see my (black) bra but I can't be bothered with a dupatta, so finicky and at least I'm WEARING a bra right? #whatiworetoday

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3 March 2019

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#Repost @minnareads • • • • • Read a bunch of books this week including an amazing epic kung fu novel for my column, this eerie insane mystery novel with a mega twist and rereading my old comfort: James Herriot on Sunday morning as he potters around the Yorkshire dales being a vet and I imagine a redone BBC series in the style of Call The Midwife which sadly ends all too soon this weekend. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #nowreading #170in2019

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28 February 2019

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How can I not take a photo when I'm sitting in the garden terrace, jazz playing, sun shining, cats napping, books being read, shadows thrown against the yellow walls, things growing, spring springing? We don't sit outside often enough so I'm going to as long as the weather lasts. #delhidiary

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24 February 2019

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Very social weekend and very nice weather so I'm not all bundled up in coats and scarves and sweaters. Haven't worn this dress a lot since I bought it at a street market in East Delhi, it's a bit warm and a bit tight for the summer. (Seriously tight, two person job zipping me up this morning and I'm all constricted like Scarlett O'Hara going to the Wilkes' barbecue and dance.) But it's ideal for this time of year! #whatiworetoday

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23 February 2019

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A bit blurry but it's the best picture of my dress today! Had a few yards of red silk but not enough for the umbrella skirt AND the bodice so cut up a sari pallu for the top. I was scared it might look too kurta-y but i think it's working with the jewellery and make up no? (the rest of the sari is a hot pink silk panelled skirt maxi dress which I am WAITING to wear.) #whatiworetoday

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Sumer is icumen in but not just yet thank goodness. My favourite season in Delhi, the In Between Winter and Summer has begun. (Also love: In Between Summer and Winter but absolutely ZERO love for In Between Dry and Wet) lying on sofa, reading a book, enjoying this sunny weekend. #delhidiary

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16 February 2019

11 February 2019

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#Repost @minnareads which you should totally follow for book reviews! • • • • • Some lit fest friends. So excited to read these! #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #170in2019 #nowreading#Repost @minnareads • • • • •

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Today's lit fest look is my Birthday Dress, another from the tailor, a copy of a maxi dress I have, which I had him make into a midi. Off to discuss mythologies! #whatiworetoday

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