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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16 December 2020

What I'm Reading

Another stellar book club pick this month! we have not yet discussed it so I don't know what EVERYONE thinks but personally, I adored it. A slim mystery novel set in a village in Tamil Nadu in the 1920s. A young woman, a devadasi, one of the caste of women who is pledged to the temple and therefore can have multiple patrons, is missing and in her place, there's a gold statue on the altar. The book is told from multiple points of view, each showing a little more of the story until you piece together what exactly went down like a quilt. It's not a big shocking twist, but there are one or two bits that were totally surprising. Read it even if you know nothing about temples or devdasis, you'll quickly realise how little you actually need to know to be sucked in to the plot. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020 #girlmadeofgold #gitanjalikolanad

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