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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4 November 2020

What I'm Reading

Distracting myself from the possibility that the world might be EVEN MORE of a garbage fire than it currently is by starting an audio book. I don't really LIKE audio books, hard for me to get immersed in them as much as I do physical ones but they are useful for when you want to keep your hands and eyes free, like cooking or cleaning or hula hooping which is what I got this one for. Plus Vanity Fair is SO GOOD. I read it once, ages ago, in my early twenties on a dirty weekend to Dharamshala and I loved it then, and now, with all the context into 19th century novels I've gained over the years, I love it even more. So gripping that I exercised harder than I have in ages just so I could finish the chapter. If you're thinking of getting it, I suggest the free app Librivox which has volunteer readers doing out of copyright books (so all the classics) and search for this version by Helen Taylor whose voices for the various characters are DELIGHTFUL. Audio books huh? Who'd have thought? #vanityfair #williammakepeacethackeray #helentaylor #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020

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