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 January 2022

Today in Photo

Inspired by this vintage German set of cautionary tales in verse (among them Pauline who played with matches and got burnt to death, a little boy who sucked his thumb and a man came along with scissors and chopped his thumb off and another little boy who didn't want his soup and starved) I decided to do my own illustrated set. Very German so I ran it through Translate for the full effect. This is a woman who didn't wait for the light to turn green so a car killed her. #watercolour #struwwelpeter #cautionarytales #wheningermany #ampelman

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