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 October 2012

A list of really good packaged foods for the lazy eater

Mother Dairy fruit  yogurt, plum flavoured: It's a sort of pale beige-y salmon and if you leave it in your fridge overnight, it's deliciously, decadently cool and reminds you of high summer, sitting in front of a water cooler, eating plums, and yes, I know you want me to say the poem, because the poem is this yogurt, so here we go:

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

 I've had a cold recently, in fact, I currently have a cold and am on antibiotics, so I'm eating a lot of these because I can't breathe and eat at the same time any more. (I know. Best--but most annoying--diet ever.)

Nong Shim Shin Cup Noodle Soup: The best cup o'noodles style thing I've had. It has dehydrated veggies in it that actually plump back into real life after you add the hot water. I got the spicy one and it didn't even need any extra hot sauce, which is awesome and rare. I'm thinking this is imported? But I got it at my local guy, so if you have a reasonably well stocked place, you could ask. I wish I had bought more. 

Git's Instant Rawa Dosa Mix: Breakfast, snack and currently tea. Really easy to make, just add water, and unlike the MTR version, this doesn't require any extra salt. You also get pretty professional at making dosas in a frying pan after your first few scrambled-egg attempts. PRO TIP: Make teeny tiny dosas if you actually want to be able to flip them over!

MTR Instant Upma Mix: While I'm on South Indian food, it would be remiss of me not to mention my all time favourite, MTR's suji upma. It is so good that I think homemade from scratch tastes inferior. Enjoy with a squeeze of lemon and some extra green chillies. Oh, also, the microwave version works, but isn't as good as the the one you make in a saucepan on the stove.

I believe in mirruhkuls!
Cadbury's Hot Chocolate: Better than Hershey's with a richer flavour--except not being a syrup, you have to really get in there and mix it up to make a cold drink. On a chilly night, however, you've just gotten home from a bar, your feet are tired, you're a bit peckish but also want to go to sleep, you kick off your heels, get into your forgiving, loving pajamas, and heat some milk up on the stove till it sizzles and then pour into a cup with three spoons of hot chocolate and curl up in bed with a book and yes, this is pleasure. This is the way life should be lived.

Plus the can's just so pretty.

Recommendations? I'd love to add to my repertoire!


  1. I recommend Borges Hot Honey Peanuts. They're more snack than a meal I guess, but wow, so worth it.

  2. My favorite is and will always be Maggi! :) Love your posts.


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