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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12 July 2021

What I'm Reading

I went into a beautiful English language second hand bookstore to look for a present and wound up buying three books for myself. To be fair they were in the clearance €1 shelf and anyone who doesn't look there is a MONSTER. This was one of them, read in almost one day straight, about a Mississippi woman in the 1940s, her five children and the sudden arrival of her sixth, who happens to have Downs Syndrome. From there, the book becomes about finding a way for the little girl to have the best life but told between flashes to the woman (Jewel's) own life in a very cinematic sort of way so you can fully see it all unfold and get how growing for her child makes her grow as an adult too. A good book! Not high literature (some bits are either too pat or brushed away quickly) but engaging. #bookstagram #121in2021 #jewel #bretlott

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