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 March 2010
In which we are domestic (somewhat)
Right. The new book. Doing something for teenagers this time, with Scholastic, and I'm very excited about it. It should be out later this year and writing for the young adult segment is something I've always wanted to do, ever since my very first Judy Blume (Superfudge!) back in the day. I hope though, that I've done the life of a sixteen year old girl (in Delhi, yes, yes, it continues to be the only city I can write about with some authority) full justice and that readers will be able to identify with the narrator. The only sixteen year old I have ever known in close contact is, well, me, so I'm drawing a lot on my own experiences and the way I used to feel. Luckily, I still have all my old journals from way back then (I knew they would come in useful someday!) and so quite a mine of information. Plus italics and oh-the-drama-and-the-angst. Sixteen was an interesting year. I'm trying very hard to wrap it up ASAP, so that is also why I've had a quiet week.
Oh, and I bought a bright red trenchcoat from the Monsoon sale (as in the brand, not the season. English rain is very calm compared to the roaring storms of Bombay). So much for saving my money, eh? But it's SO awesome and I love it more than I have ever loved a coat before. Besides my black coat is nice and warm and dressy on occasion, but it's almost ten years old, and I think it's time I got a new one. Luckily, I still have more than a month of my English trip left, so I will have lots of opportunities to wear it.
And, either I've acclimatised, or it's gotten much warmer here. Recently, I have been wearing only one sweater to go out, sometimes, I don't even need a scarf. Okay, so I have a bit of a cold today, but that's just because I was JUST out in the garden smoking a cigarette and it's WINDY out there.
Also, the other day was discussing movies with JC's brother's fiancee (who really needs a name of her own on this blog, so how about, erm, Sylvia? That's a pretty name, and I've been wanting to use it for a while.) Anyhoo, so Sylvia and I besides both being about to get married (eeee!) to members of the same family, also have very similar taste in the cinema. I have a bunch of her chick flicks, that she loaned me (which sit like a devil on my shoulder each time I have work to do) and I was talking about how I really really wanted to see the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (made famous by Bridget Jones and Colin Firth in the fountain) and then, the next evening, when I came home from Small's, I found an Amazon package waiting for me. Inside which... the movie! Yay! I was both thrilled and touched. It's things like that that make my day. My week, even.
Soooo, that's what I've been up to. Slow-ish week, but sometimes the best part about a long trip is just the settling in and feeling comfortable, right?