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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Who I am


My name is Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, and I've been running this blog for nine years now. You can call me eM. Because it sounds like the letter 'm', because it's "me" backwards, and because for a long time, this blog used to be anonymous, so I needed a psuedonym.

Yes, I am an author. You can find links to my books in the Stuff I Wrote page.

Yes, everything on here is true.

No, I'm not doing this just for attention or to make some kind of bold moral statement against Indian womanhood. I began by doing this for me, and then it, well, grew.

No, I don't use people's real names. Yes, I usually ask for permission before I post anything that might be "incriminating". Yes, if you have once been part of my life and/or in a relationship with me, you might be written about. I'm sorry. It sucks to have writers as friends.

No, not smoking to make a statement. Smoking kinda sucks, and I'd really like to kick the habit. I'm considering hypnotherapy.

Yes, you're allowed to not like my books or my writing.

Yes, you're allowed to say that in the comment section too (though I think it's kinda pointless that you'd bother to comment on a blog you don't really care for.)

No, you're not allowed to use abusive language in the comments section and/or make any personal, irrelevant statements. Those comments will be deleted.

Yes, sometimes I don't spellcheck.

Yes, I love when you visit.