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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28 October 2020

What I'm Reading


I don't know whether y'all do this but I usually have a separate Day Book and Night Book. Night Books are normally on my Kindle--I have the Paperwhite with a backlight feature so I can read in the dark. HOWEVER! Reading this book in the dark might've been a mistake. I mean, it feels like comedy writing, it's funny in bits and then it's really fucking scary and I don't scare easily. (except for haunted house books. Oof.) I think what made it so subtly terrifying was the structure: it's the 80s, Patricia is a housewife who joins a true crime book club. A charming and erudite man moves in next door who everyone just loves, including Patricia's psychiatrist husband. Only she thinks there's something wrong with him. Lots of visceral horror scenes including with rats and cockroaches so approach with a look at your own delicate sensibilities. I kinda loved it though. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020 #thesouthernbookclubsguidetoslayingvampires

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