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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11 September 2019

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After four attempts and a little help from YouTube, I finally got my sari on yesterday. @shankar.charu was telling me about this sari pact group she has, where the challenge is to incorporate saris into your everyday life, just wear it all day to meetings and the like. I don't have meetings and I only have two cotton saris which I stole from my mum, but I liked the idea. Normalise the sari! A lot of people - - - including my mother - - do on a regular basis, but I was struggling even to get the garment ON so it was very much a special occasion thing for me. However yesterday I just put this on (one hour in advance to account for all my draping mistakes) and hosted friends for drinks and dinner and stayed cool and comfortable all evening! So I'm much more inclined to join this pact now, saris open up a whole new door of my fashion experiments. When winter comes I will break out my silks and have dinner with you. #whatiworetoday #saris

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