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 November 2005
I like big butts and I cannot lie...
But it was eight and the concert had already started and we were close to PVR and so we decided to catch the movie instead. We got tickets as well, for the eight o'clock show and with much excitement went in. I don't know why I persist in watching the Potter movies, they suck. (teeny tiny spoiler follows, so stop reading here if you haven't seen the movie)
They don't follow the book at all, and dude, man, what's happened to Hermione? She's become such a girl, even bawling in Mad Eye Moody's class and all. Where was the Impedimenta spell? Why were all the Beauxbatons girls Veelas? Where was Winky? Ron and Harry clearly have much sexual tension, Ginny barely features at all, Dumbledore is super aggressive and the only saving grace of the movie, I think, is the absolutely delectable Cedric Diggory. Mmmm.. Cedric Diggory. I want to dribble chocolate sauce on his wholesome pink and white face and lick it off. As for Rita Skeeter, even she was a disappointment. She didn't turn into a beetle! All she did was potter (heh) around, really annoyingingly. Gah. That's the last Potter movie I'm watching, that's for sure. But the dragon was most dragonlike. And so was Voldemort. Ralph Fiennes makes a very sexy Dark Lord indeed,even with no nose. But I guess Krum had enough of a nose for both of them.
*stops complaining about the movie, which by the way, even with all the omissions, lasts three hours*
> Also, this week, one of my former colleagues got married. It's the first time someone I knew, someone my age, was getting married and I was feeling all old and ancient. Especially when we went to see her and she was all decked up and looking beautiful and radiant and she had this gold things tied to her bangles and she said, "All you unmarried girls come here" and clinked her bangles over our heads. Apparently, if one of the gold things fell off and landed on us, whoever it landed on would be the next one to tie the knot. But it didn't fall, so I'm guessing no wedding for me, any time soon. I felt a little shy around her too, which is silly, because there was a time when I saw person every day at work and we spoke bout ad positions and what stories were going on the page and there she was suddenly transformed into this stranger, who looked at us happily and with such assurance on her face that I felt at once, terribly young.
> I'm sick of people calling me. No really, I think I'm suffering from cellphone overload. The bloody thing just rings and rings and rings and I'm tired of taking calls at all hours and talking to people and having to be available for everyone. It's like I'm on an electronic leash or something. You know what I'm going to do? Tomorrow is Sunday and I'm going to make it no-cellphone day and switch my phone off for the entire day. It sounds liberating also, coz that way I can leave my phone at home, I don't have to keep checking it and perhaps it'll bloody stop ringing also. You should try it too and tell me how it goes.
Of course, I'm also shit scared of the prospect of a day without my cellphone. What if I get an important call? What if something goes wrong? No, eM, put your phone off. Considering how excited I was when I first got my cell, I think this is quite ironic. It's like rai-ia-ian on your wedding day etc.