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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1 June 2021

What I'm Reading

Did not expect a book about training a bird to give me, as the kids say, "all the feels" but Helen Macdonald writes about birds like they're dogs and about people like they're isolated deserts of loneliness and when the two meet, it's everything. A gorgeous book, even if you're not as into nature writing as I am. Difficult to read though if you've lost a parent because it is all about the mourning period and coming out on the other side. I am about to buy her second book about birds because suddenly all I want to read is Helen Macdonald writing about the birds in her life. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #helenmacdonald #hisforhawk

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