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 January 2013

excitement overloaded

verse one:

i bought a new car
my very own new car
it's white with funny looking headlights
and a sweet curvy roof
that the manufacturers call "swaying"
i call it lola--it's obviously a girl
a horn that's low pitched and alto
a slender form that squeezes through traffic
and all. my. very. own.
lola makes me happy in my Deep Insides.

verse two:
for my birthday, my parents gave me a flat box
when i asked what was in it, they said 'plates'
why would i need plates? i asked, i mean
it's very sweet of you, but i'm inundated with plates
i have a lot of plates, i will never run out
it made me wonder if they knew me at all, because
and then i opened it and i was sorry for doubting them
because it was a macbook air
and it's gorgeous and i call him macdreamy
and it has changed my life
if life = the amount of time you spend on the internet.

verse three:
my book came out quietly
like a gay man at a straight party
it's sort of lurking by the umbrella stand
sometimes, when i'm passing a bookstore
i pop in to see if it's alive.
i had a party for it
it was a good party
fittingly, it was at a club
where people whisper to you
"do you know this is a GAY club?"
rumours have not been verified. 


  1. A little bit Humor, but very beautifully penned.
    *Cheers* :)

  2. Haha..Really funny!Not like 'clutch my stomach and laugh funny' but well I just smiled 'oh-so-broadly':)The poem makes me feel so happy for ya:)*Nice*

  3. in "something something honey bunny" funny....:) instantly brought out a smile...:) nice...!!!

  4. Such a merry post! Yay to all your gifts and achievements. (Very old reader who's delurked long back and then resorted to lurking again.)

  5. Such a warm and happy post. Incidentally, I was gifted a sleek and tiny new laptop in December as well and got my first, real car, a shiny, bright new orange Nano yesterday and whom I've named Pumpkin Pie :) I feel your happiness :)

  6. Interesting Happy Post ! Keep blogging...


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