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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25 September 2021

What I'm Reading

Almost a month since I posted a book recommendation but I have been so busy, I've only been rereading. Pulled My Salinger Year off my teetering TBR pile, and was very glad I did. Salinger has informed and shaped so much of my writing, I may have outgrown him now but at 13, 14, 15, later at 22 wanting to be Franny, wanting to have a single pure experience like Seymour, I remembered all that while I read Joanne Rakoff's memoir of her year working at the great man's literary agency. Themes close to my heart: books, reading and currently, change. I had to pull all my old Salingers off my shelves with the absence of Catcher, my beloved Holden is missing but it might be for the best. I don't think I could bear being over him. #jdsalinger #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #mysalingeryear #joannerakoff

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