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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21 April 2022

Today in Photo

Photo story: lunch at Kochi's most famous toddy shop. (For its food. The most famous toddy shop for its toddy is elsewhere.) Traditionally toddy shop food evolved because people got super drunk and didn't want to eat anything so you had to make your food highly spiced and highly flavourful. We ordered karimeen pollichatu, fried prawns and three appams and those were PLENTY. Dad experimented with toddy but it wasn't for me, on such a hot day, just as well, because it was apparently not great. The food was terrific though. Later, they let me poke my head into the kitchen for a photo op, only me, because the kitchen was run entirely by women who were manning (sorry WOMANING) the large orders ably and in saris. Going to eat welllllll this trip. #traveldiaries #kochikochihotahai #malayaliminna

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