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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23 July 2004


I've become totally addicted to american baby blog (check link from yesterday). I'm halfway through the archives and I can't wait to see what happens next. The story is simple enough, a Singaporean guy married to an American woman and they have a son and a daughter on the way. But he writes very sweetly and simply. You know how some blogs just grab you?
I'm in a list-making mood today, so I'm going to do some:

Happiness is:
> The new issue of Cosmo on my desk, waiting to be read.
> Driving with the music and A/C turned way up, on absolutely empty roads
> People asking me where I've been ever since I returned from holiday
> Finishing my major work yesterday, so I have time today to surf and blog.
> Reading the new re-written Mahabharata and feeling connected to my roots.

Things to look forward to:
> Friday night tambola (a variation of Bingo) at the Defence Colony club.
> Saturday night party at our place (oh f*ck, still have to invite some people!)
> Wearing the absolutely drop-dead, look-again sexy red dress that my dad bought me from Mango, UK.

My favourite names:
> Maya: meaning Illusion
> Anoushka: no clue what it means, but it sounds pretty
> Sharona: From the song My Sharona.

Things happening around me:
> Come As You Are by Nirvana, just ended on this guy's computer. He's been playing disctinctly gay music all day. I'm talking about Michael Learns To Rock, that song Milkshake etc. The scary thing about him is that he has his girlfriend's name tattooed on his arm!
> Someone is whistling.
> People are complimenting each other about page layouts.
> The guy who gives the most acerbic reviews to every hapless movie that crosses his way has given something the rating excellent. Hmmmm...!
> The ache on my left shoulder is increasing annoyingly.


  1. i love the names maya and anoushka too, which as google tells me, means 'lightning'!

    im completely vella from now on till the evening myself.. so heres to surfin and bloggin! :)

  2. ah..lightening, why didn't I think of that? :)
    In what language btw?

  3. er.. in hindi, i think..

  4. I would have had to smack the whistler lol. I'm into really old names that no one uses anymore here like:
    Audrey, Isaac, Nicholas, Malcolm, Patricia, William, Ava, Katherine....
    Your basic old people names in America lol.

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  6. April: I love all the names you just mentioned.. they don't sound "old" at all!
    Diego: Thanks for the sweet comment, don't know why you deleted it though :( Hope to see more of you in the future!

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