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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20 January 2005
Some of life's mysteries that I've never been able to figure out
2) Why men are so obsessed with breasts. And lesbians.
3) Why some people don't drink. Or smoke. Or have sex.
4) Why exactly my hands smell of a posh men's cologne right now, when I haven't had ANY interaction with the opposite sex for a while. ( Oh wait, I figured out the answer. I was just at TC, and shanking many hands, that's probably it)
5) Why when guys screw around they're called "players" but when women do it, they're "skanks".
6) Why women always want men who they can't have, or who are physically or emotionally unavailable.
7) Why *blush* I like reading Baby Sitter's Club books obsessively, to the point of passion. (But if you know me in real life, you are NOT to mention this)
8) What does 'go with the flow' mean anyway?
9) Why there is no magic answer to all the questions like who am I and what am I doing here.
10) Why there is no magic.
11) Why I have to start at the bottom and work my way up to the top.
12) Why I feel the need to chronicle my life and my inner mental workings to an audience. Am I that self-obssessed? Apparently.
13) Why my friends still like me, even after I practically ignored them for the two-and-a-half years that K and I were together. Why new people still enjoy talking to me, when it's apparent I have nothing of interest to say.
14) Why I'm so full of self-pity and loathing at times, especially after I drink, that I make me sick.
15) Why we, as a human race, need affirmation, that we're good people.
16) Why I confess, compulsively.