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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29 September 2020

What I'm Reading


My book buying habit is beginning to cross into hoarding levels at a rate that is alarming even me (especially since my usual yearly donation/culling can't happen this year: I normally go through my shelves and give away books I don't need to a charitable sale.) But! I miss Daryagunj's Sunday book market and I tried to get the same haul feel by buying a lot of books on BookChor, a used book website I like so much that I have their app for easier browsing. Mostly classics as you can see, the prize book is The House In Paris which has been on my TBR list for ages and which I was lucky enough to get a nice 1946 Penguin paperback of. (This was just post war, which might explain why the paper and print quality is so flimsy.) Up next I am reading the Victorian feminist classic on the bottom left: The Odd Women and then I will listen to the Backlisted podcast episode about the book and friends, what treats I have in store! (Individual reviews as I read, not to worry.) #bookstagram #secondhandbooks #bookhoarding

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