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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22 June 2008
Does it still count as a midnight snack if it's one a.m?
Although, y'know, I'm really kinda liking all this routine and challenge. I find it hard to walk past a group of kids without looking for traces of "my own". I think about them, how to make their learning more interesting, more fun, but also, most importantly, how to get them to sit still and listen to me. Adults are a lot easier, trust me, than a room full of excited, restless kids who want nothing more than to be far, far away from you and outside playing.
We've also been very domestic lately. Lalli cooked and Yamini made salad and things and I contributed with the most awesome rice in the world. (Okay, so it was just rice, but hey, rice can be hard too!) And we had a dinner party. It was very grown up, except we spread it out on the floor on a cloth and it felt more like a picnic than a dinner party, but considering I serve chips at most of my dos, I felt very adult and very oh-look-at-me-all-grown-up-in-my-apartment.
Ooh and along the way, I have acquired a Generous Benefactor. Well, a Benefactress in this case. JC has a friend who is very kind and also does a lot of shopping and also has some things she didn't want. Some BRAND NEW things, I might add. Some brand new DESIGNER things. We're talking Ritu Kumar, Gauri and Nayanika and Mango here. One night we were at her house and no kidding, I came home with a shopping bag full of stuff. And then more on another trip. Not to mention the most delectable Aldo shoes--faux crocodile skin, fuck-off heels, which make my legs--my skinny little matchstick legs--look beautiful and long. I'm so happy. May she go to a heaven with medium rare steak, cosmopolitans and Jimmy Choos.
Also, we have tentative news on the book. It looks like mid-August so far, for all the launches. Most likely, the Bombay launch will be first, but I'm also going to be doing Delhi and a third city which hasn't been confirmed yet. I'm SUPER excited, I practically cannot wait. If I could go to sleep for like two months and only wake up in August I'd be very happy.
It's also nice that everyone I know has been busy the same time so there are no long lingering complaints about not enough time being spent with anyone. I caught up with Deepti the other day after FOREVER which was great, BB and I do din-din sometime this week, Ira has been mostly around, Sameer I've been seeing a lot more of than I had in the recent past which is very nice. The people I have not mentioned are the people who have VANISHED. You know who you are, call me!
Also a major development, those three little words, which feel like three BIG MOTHERFUCKING WORDS were whispered shyly the other day at the Amitav Ghosh book launch. The last two times I used them, I was met with a) "Oh." and b) a vaguely sympathetic smile. So it took quite some amount of balls on my part. And even now I feel apprehensive. Is it too early? Have I said too much? What is love anyway? Aargh. Sometimes I think I was just made to be single forever. (This is why I blog. No one else will listen to me obsess.)
But, I feel again the need to flee the city. Maybe not alone, but a fleeing must happen soon, nonetheless. This is the problem with many things (travelling, sex, smoking) once you've done it recently, you can't go without it for very long.
Anyhoo. Off I go to put toothpaste on my face. (Best. Zit. Cure. Ever.) I did Vie Lounge tonight (tried to get tickets to Persepolis but it was house full, something which shocked me. Since when does Bombay go watch Cannes award winning, non Pixar animated movies? Hmph.) and then Lalli, a friend of hers and I walked down the beach with just the hints of a storm in the air. And it is 12.43 and with all the contentment of a day well spent I will toddle off to bed. One wonders though, now that one is all lalalalala pretty fairies whether one's blog will become totally boring? Hmmmmm.