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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11 January 2021

What I'm Reading


Essays on India by *draws breath* Salman Rushdie, VS Naipaul, Anita Nair, Stephen Alter, Vikram Seth, Mark Tully, Namita Gokhale, Alan Ginsberg, RK Narayan, Anees Jung, Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin, Vivek Nambisan and MORE MORE MORE for the greedy reader, this book of essays is almost never ending. The late great poet Dom Moreas put it together and I suppose technically it IS a book of journeys but not many places you'd actually like to visit, being violent or struck by famine or dry. Instead it's a book about understanding India through its places, what struck me the most, perhaps because it's on my mind so much these days, is even in the 70s and 80s when most of these essays were written (the book was published in 2000) the politics of Hindutva and Hindu fascism were beginning to raise their ugly head. My only complaint is my usual complaint about not enough women but this volume has a higher than average SIX essays by women writers so that's something. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #thepenguinbookofindianjourneys #dommoreas

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