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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16 August 2008
Well Toto, I guess we're not anonymous anymore
In Delhi and madness promptly descends. Being met by the parents at the airport, and had picture clicked by mother's brand new camera phone as a) I wheeled my trolley out of the airport b) I walked to the car c) I stood with my dad and grinned my tired hungover up till three in the morning Old Monk tequila smile d) as my dad and I both signed copies of our books for a family friend (who gave me a lovely new pen. I'm dying to do some signing! Someone please ask me!) My parents have fully submitted to the media hoopla. They might even be more excited than I am. I'm actually supernaturally calm, all like, "Oh, it's not a big deal" or "Book? What book? Oh, thaaaaaaaaaat book. Right." Yes, I am aware that I sound like an idiot.
Although I think I might've OD'd on all this book talk. I've been asked the same questions so many times, I have to keep remembering what I said before so everyone gets different quotes. And OH MY GOD BOOK DOES NOT EQUAL BLOG I'M VERY FLATTERED YOU READ THE BLOG BUT THIS IS ABOUT MY BOOK. BOOK. B.O.O.K I know, though, that it's the obvious question. Everyone wants to know about how you turn a blog into something that gets published and read in bookstores. There's one simple answer: you don't. Writers are writers. Before the blog, we journal. I still carry around a notebook for commutes and things, so I can get things down when I think of them.
Okay, final word, final whisper about Delhi book related things, I promise. There is a party at Agni on the 22nd, but that has very limited space, soooooooo, there's another reading at Full Circle at some new mall in Saket. (Which means the piles of cement and scaffolding has actually turned into something, which makes me feel all Odysseus and oh, I've been away forever.) I'll confirm the time later. It's on the 23rd, which is Saturday. Come. The Bombay launch is the weekend after next, on the 29th at lalalalala Blue Frog! Aren't we all poash darling? I think we'll have a similar bookshop reading there also, so we can fit everyone in.
Leela is here! She stayed back for the launch and for Bani and Maya's berfday, and we did din-din yesterday, her and me and Bani and Ishan. We went to Ego, at New Friends Colony (I didn't realise it was still going strong!) and had a fabulous time despite the fact that it was a dry day. Then Ishan went home and we piled into their new fancy car (We're talking serious fancy here, the kind of car you'd never even sneeze in, let alone eat or drink or smoke) and went for a pahtay thrown by a new friend (and someone who's been helping with the online stuff of the book). There was alco, and Jenga and coaching in Hindi swear words and it was all very fun. Bani and I now have plans to go watch Jaane Tu and Bachna Ae Haseeno and then go eat chicken wings at Bennigans. Sometimes, in Bombay, in the middle of the night I lie awake listening to the sounds of crows and traffic and dream of those chicken wings. They're really good.
Ooh! Foreign-returned relatives were met brieflyfor lunch last week and I got a brand new iPod nano! The 8 GB one! And it's blue! And it has my initials on the back! I love it. Shiny, iPod babies will happen.
Anyhoo. Sorry about the infrequent posting, but it has been madness (MADNESS!) around here. Regular programming should resume shortly though.