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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9 January 2021

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This was a difficult book to read. It's written kind of textbook-y so there's lots of figures and citations of academic texts but also the subject matter is so visceral, so clearly laying out India's problems that I was depressed almost all through. Harsh Mander is someone I admire greatly, and so I wanted his point of view on India and it is GRIM. Still, if you're looking for answers to questions of why we are like this, I can't recommend his books highly enough. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #harshmander #lookingaway

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