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 May 2021

What I'm Reading

I've been reading this complete TRASH for the last few weeks, and I absolutely mean trash in a good way. Like Downton Abbey but more saga-y. A large family, a PUBLISHING HOUSE, lots of people to keep track of, the first one is before and during WWI, the second WWII and the third (the worst one, which I was just reading to finish off the trilogy) during the 50s and 60s. Every time one of the women has sex she gets instantly knocked up, sex is usually either brilliant and perfect, orgasm the first time or terrible and lacking chemistry. Love is civilised, people are snobby. I can't lie, I loved it, devoured it whole, but it is complete fluff. Otoh I feel like we all need a little fluff in our lives right now so why not? It's several thousand pages about one family so you know, you're all set. #pennyvincenzi #spoilsoftime #bookstagram #121in2021

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