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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13 January 2005
Nope, I'm not home yet
Okay, quick brief, since I'm here and all.; The longer Mumbai trip entry will be done later, I promise.
> Last night I went clubbing to a place called Polly Esther, got very drunk and flirted madly with 19-year-old whippersnapper. Said Whippersnapper is coming by later tonight to take me for a "drive and coffee"! Unless terms have changed very much since I was a teenager, I'm guessing drive and coffee still means someone's hitting on me?
> I haven't really done much shopping. Picked up Dee's birthday prezzie, looked around for a replacement belly ring but no luck. I wanted to visit the Strand bookstore while I was here, but Pieces is ill and I don't think I have what it takes to brave the local trains alone.
> Ooh, went to Prithvi Theatre. But it was , blah, shut. But I did lech at the pretty lanterns that hung all around it, eavesdropped on a rehearsal and sat in the shady courtyard cafeteria, feeling very arty.
> Still haven't ridden on one of those doubledecker buses though.
> I've eaten like a pig---beef steak, sea food, Thai---I feel very, very sluggish right now, and that combating with my ferocious hangover, is just not pretty.
> And the autos have UV lights! Very cool.
Ya, I think that's about it. More on Whippersnapper and my very brief "holiday romance" later!