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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8 December 2018

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Two things I love this weekend: Parvati Sharma's very readable, very gossipy life of Jehangir (it's like he's right there!) and this little squidtopus WHICH I MADE MYSELF. that's right, I crocheted it and invented the design (which was a happy random accident) and everything. Who wants to call my old SUPW teacher and tell her that I actually grew up to be Socially Useful AND Productive? #bookstagram #crafty #mrmbookclub

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7 December 2018

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Early birthday present boots from mum, we went to H&M yesterday looking for sweaters but left with shoes instead. This dress is old but has languished at the back of my cupboard for ages, which is a shame because it's Label by Ritu Kumar, and I never wear it, too warm for the summer, too forgotten for winter every year. Today it is seeing its day in the sun! Literally, because out to lunch on this very warm winter's day. #whatiworetoday

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2 December 2018

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Twinning with my day drink at the Times Lit Fest this afternoon. Yes, my eyes look like that when the sun hits them, very demonic. Also! I finally saw copies of my new book and it is GORGEOUS. Please buy it immediately. #delhidiary #authorsofinstagram

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27 November 2018

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Finally upgraded our old balcony table (RIP Old Faithful, Amar Colony, 2012 - 2018, which is not that long for a table but it lived outside so it died faster, like a feral animal.) Had these tables made from two tiles we had left over from the living room, with iron struts at the bottom that the welder came home to make for us. I wanted a long table, in case the pollution is ever OK enough for us to eat al fresco and these are also TWO tables which can move apart in case we want a more cafe like feel. #delhidiary #homeiswheretheheartis

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25 November 2018

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Winter styling isn't really my thing, summer clothes are so much easier, no need to worry about layers and matching and what not. However, sometimes you can feel pleased with yourself in just a plain old sweater and blue jeans, 100 year old Converse sneakers on your feet. This is one of those times. I'm aware my expression is manic, I'm channeling my inner stalker from the looks of it. #whatiworetoday

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13 November 2018

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Got into Bangkok super late last night, but not so late that the super famous Thipsamai pad thai stall next door was closed. My rule of thumb when choosing a local place to eat at is to join a queue or a place that looks super busy, not only will it be more hygienic because of the quick turnover, no food sitting around, but also if everyone is in a line, it MUST be good. (only applies to traditional foods not weird cronut mash-up aberrations.) Thipsamai did not disappoint, two pad thais, one wrapped in an egg and they even had an in store cat, completely black but svelter than my own beloved black darling who I will soon be reunited with and be reminded anew about what an asshole he can be. (but I love him anyway.) this is a very long caption, but one more thing: finally beginning my epic travelogue newsletter today, so link in bio to subscribe if you like this sort of thing. #traveldiary #thaigap

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12 November 2018

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Off to Bangkok tonight! I realised I never posted a picture of self as an intrepid backpacker. While resorts are all very luxurious and comfortable, there's an undeniable charm to carrying your possessions on your back like a snail as you move from place to place. Glad also to have discovered backpacking only in my thirties so the occasional indulgence is well within my means. But oh boy, am I bored of my six dress wardrobe. #traveldiary #canthardlyviet #hanointed

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9 November 2018

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Not included: Kian's snarky commentary in the background as I tried on all the accessories at this Harry Potter themed coffee shop. Yes, as shocking as it is, I am a Hufflepuff. I tried to deny it, but my Hufflepuffian qualities are indubitable. #traveldiary #canthardlyviet #hanointed #whatsthehogwartsbranchinasia

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Okay let's add Hanoi to my top five list of cities I want to live in one day. (Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bangkok) This is not an ad for Airbnb but it could be. #traveldiary #canthardlyviet #hanointed

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