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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27 September 2018

Today in Photo


An old favorite dress but not one I think I've taken a full picture of before. Bought it in Madrid at a vintage shop which sold clothes by the kilo, so I got very excited and rummaged for about an hour, before realizing it was mostly rubbish. Except this one which I loved for its wallpaper pattern, clever cut (it buttons on the inside and then clinches your waist so I feel like I've been poured into it like a woman from the 1950s or something) (it is very slightly too tight but I like that as well, it's like a corset) and of course, the STORY of how it reached me in the first place. Wearing for lunch and a Sarojini Nagar stroll with mum, one of the joys of being a freelancer, you set your own schedule. #whatiworetoday

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