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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5 August 2020

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Bad poetry but true sentiments today. #ayodhya #poetry #doggerel

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4 August 2020

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Even traffic is pretty in a pandemic afflicted city. #coronavirusdiaries #delhi

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21 July 2020

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Rainy day lunch at my mother's. Admiring the view from what used to be my old room, now her study/guest room. The typewriter is just an ornament now, but it was a wedding present from her mother, my grandmother, to go along with all the steel cutlery and ceramic plates and I remember the sound of the keys clattering as a background to my childhood. #rainyday #typewriter #coronavirusdiaries

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17 July 2020

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Yes I know we're not going fucking anywhere but I just bought a new dress anyway. It gives me hope to wait for a nice occasion to wear it and it's so pretty I had to have it I just needed to spend my dwindling bank account on some fluff for a change. Bought off @ajiolife if you're curious, pretty reasonably priced, it's two layers, one transparent with a belt that sits on top of the cotton shift inside. Look at that amazing hemline! Many filters because I couldn't be bothered to put on make up just to wash it off again. So hey! A #whatiworetoday just to #takeitoff again! It brightened my day, that's for sure, something that fashion will always do. #coronavirusdiaries

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Slightly updated novel-writing desk subsection. #coronavirusdiaries #writinglife

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14 July 2020

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Post apocalyptic times call for post apocalyptic chappals. Dug out my @paaduks from a few years ago, made of old tyres, which we'll all have a lot of since we're never going anywhere again. (actually I'm at my mother's for our weekly visit but you know what I mean.) I love that they're good looking and ALSO made of tyres which I tell everyone, just like I do about pocketssss. #notanad #shoestory #coronavirusdiaries

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8 July 2020

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A little cloud porn at the end of the world. Is this really Delhi? It is, and it only took a pandemic to fix the air. But still, all we're doing is staying alive, trying to stay healthy and not get sick, literally our only major life goal right now, just like our cave dwelling ancestors so it makes sense that nature is being large and lordly right now too, like, "check out what I can do, bitchezzz" #coronavirusdiaries #delhidiary #cloudscape

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7 July 2020

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Good morning, we cannot. #catsofinstagram #squishytheblackcat #coronavirusdiaries

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2 July 2020

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I finished the first draft of my ninth book yesterday. (Book 8 is written but I'm not ready to publish it yet so if this comes out first it will be book eight but we know it's really book nine, don't we?) A first draft means that I still have to fix a few things, it's not quite ready to be shown yet, but the fact that it exists outside my head is just..Wow. This feeling never gets old. Sharing here a photo of my last two weeks, I was doing too much faffing around and so to motivate myself I wrote down my word counts every day. (I wanted to knock it on the head swiftly so I could get down to making it better.)The reverse of this piece of paper is marathon sessions of 3000 or 4000 words a day but this is not bad either. When I was younger, I wrote a lot more without getting tired but that's the price of getting older and considering where your words fall, I guess. #authorlife #writingdemon

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28 June 2020

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Happy birthday to my one and only! Perfect life and quarantine partner, not on any social media but that won't stop me from saying BIRTHDAY on here anyway. This is a photo from a trip to Goa three years ago, may there be many future trips for us when this weird year is over! #happybirthday

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