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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17 December 2006
Things I Have Learned Since I Officially Became Legal*
That tequila will always get you drunk.
That tequila mixed with Old Monk will effectively make you forget an entire evening.
That you drink entirely too much.
That perhaps you're becoming an alcoholic and should go for AA meetings.
That your friends rule judging by the presents you got this year. (From Small and Tall, two of the sexiest tops you have seen, one blue with beads, cut away in the middle to reveal navel piercing, one orange-y corset type thing, from Small and another friend, a soft dhurrie for eventual all-white Bombay room, in pink and yellow and blue and green. From Pirate, who is also fellow December-born, an oval hipflask, which is BEAUTIFUL and totally takes away resolve to stop drinking, from Jerry and another friend proof that men can indeed buy clothes for women without misjudging size/fit etc completely, from Chitgo, Maximum City, which totally made you all awwwww, from Fariha lingerie so sexy it could probably do its own thing and no one would even notice you. Not to mention assorted flowers and a Jimmy Hendrix keychain. You love your friends for making you all misty eyed in the last two weeks in your hometown.)
That after one birthday party, another one the next day is always a good plan.
That at this second birthday party, staying sober thanks to raging hangover means you recall a lot more of the conversations you had.
That perhaps going braless in December is not a good idea.
That Friday nights spent with another old friend around fireplace with friendly Irish setter to pat is proof that you're getting mellow with age.
That weekends never used to be this busy.
That you're really leaving.
That little things like the electricity coming back makes you happy because now you can turn on the geyser to have a bath.
That despite hectic partying, it's been an uneventful week.
That you have so many people to say goodbye to.
That now you have to start obsessing about your New Year's Eve plans and you would just much rather watch a countdown show on TV and go to bed.
That that option is closed to you.