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"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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18 October 2016

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Nostalgia is a yellow hardback book from the 80s, the peak of Soviet literature for children available in English translation in India. The books were cheap, well made and often wonderfully told. The Adventures of Dennis stands the test of time, it's still a really good kids book, full of small, loving observations of life from a child's view. My copy has been read and reread so many times since I acquired it in the late 80s but the pages are still crisp and the binding is firm and flipping through it all these years later, I'm still charmed by the stories of Dennis, who never really had any "real" adventures, but lived and played in Moscow much like I did in New Delhi. Also excellent (and a book I have lost, alas) is When Daddy Was A Little Boy, a book I absolutely ADORED. #bookstagram #1980s #kidlit #soviet

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  1. omg! When Daddy was a little boy was my favorite too!! and I lost it too :( Looked for it online, says out of print. Would love to buy it if available


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