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 January 2021

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I miss book parties. Back in the golden days, there'd be one big book party every month and everyone would go and most people would buy the book as a sort of tax, because the author would be mingling and all of these events happened at fancy places, five star hotels or the British Council auditorium. Book launches were dying out even pre-pandemic, they became mostly just a vanity exercise and the press stopped writing about book launches and you couldn't guarantee that people would buy your book but I'm glad I had my glory days. The book party for You Are Here was the first of its kind, not stuffy or panel discussion-y, but young and hip, with signature cocktails and me sitting on the bar reading out loud. We picked Agni because I thought it was the hippest club in Delhi then, and it felt like hundreds of people were packed into the bar, it felt like I was getting married but better, because all this was mine and mine alone. I have the invite on my bulletin board now as proof, I did that, once upon a time, we had book launches that were so exciting you got paper invites and blocked them on your calendar. #tbt #nostalgia #booklaunch #youarehere

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