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 March 2022

What I'm Reading

I promised you a review of the best book I've read in a long time and dun dun dun: here it is! Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski has a terrible title and a vague photo-of-someone's-feet book jacket and would've been a pretty overlooked book if a famous gut hadn't just randomly picked it up off a bookshelf (this is why we need bookstores). Said Famous Guy is Stephen King who loved it so much he wrote a scorching letter to Publisher's Weekly saying it was criminal how little the publishers were doing to promote this book because it had, as he put it, "a mother of a story." This is what made me pick it up last year and I never got around to reading it until I was travelling recently and was looking for something new. It was so incredible I've had a book hangover ever since, but sadly I think it's one of its kind. What's it about? Well, there's a woman - - an American - - who dies in a jail in Thailand and she's this anthropologist see? And she's been doing research into this tribe and living with them for years. And then relatedly, there's this American family of missionaries, who have been missionaries for GENERATIONS. And then there's this young journalist (also called Mischa but the book is a novel) who lives in Thailand with his girlfriend and is investigating the story. Broad strokes but you'll get so pulled in. Read it! I wished I was an anthropologist after I finished. #mrmbookclub #100in2022 #bookstagram #fieldwork #mischaberlinski

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