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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22 February 2021

Today in Photo

You either love roses or you don't. They've gone from being a luxury to the most common flower to ever go into a bouquet. The "red red rose" is offered to you at every streetlight, tightly wrapped in plastic. What's so special about that? Also Valentine's Day, love etc. It's kinda... Basic. But did you know the reason the red rose is associated with St Valentine is because of Christ? The rose has sharp and ancient Christian connotations. It begins with Mary in medieval art in her rose garden, a symbol of Eden and also a popular courting place, your Lodhi Gardens of ancient times. Then Christ wore a crown made of rose thorns, and the red rose in particular was associated with love and matrydom. From there, the rosary beads arose, a garland of roses, a set of prayer beads. Further back, the Romans hung a rose upside down from the ceiling to indicate a private meeting - - leading to all private meetings in the future being referred to as "sub rosa." isn't that cool? Don't you look at roses differently now? Here's a pink rose, the symbol of friendship, from my garden to you, so we can always be friends. #historyofflowers #pinkrose #roses #terracegarden

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