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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9 November 2015

We don't need no thought control: Berlin travel blog post 3

Yesterday was spent walking around a flea market where I bought a hat which I'm calling vintage but might just be plain old second hand. As you can see the weather is ridiculously amazing: sunshine, blue skies and no hints of the rain my weather app is forecasting direly. *touches wood*

This at Mauer Park, mauer being the German word for "wall" and all along this neighborhood and others, there are testimonies, pictures and text about the time the city was cleaved in two.

We spend all day on our feet. I've been walking upwards of 4 km every day and also several hours. Which may not seem like a lot, but when you're as sedentary as I am, by the end of it, it feels like my hip is going to pop out of its socket.

I learnt a new word which is so perfect, and I didn't even know how much I needed it until we met. Glotz. It's German for watching something mindlessly, like binge watching TV. GLOTZ. I love it.

My German is actually really coming along but I'm too shy to actually practice on people. However, I can understand a lot of signs now and it's sort of cool how it all comes together like a big logic puzzle in your brain.

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