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 February 2006
It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny, yellow polka dot blog post that she's sorry about not updating earlier
You see, I'm a people collector. Other people collect stamps or figurines or belly button lint, but I collect interesting people, which in my line of work I meet quite often. I like to arrange them in my head, see who would go best next to who, add some people here, subtract someone I'm not so sure about there, and voila, we have a party. Over the years, I've met other people collectors, who collect me as easily as I collect them. We're easy to spot in a crowd, we're the ones who travel with two or three different people, make introductions and then sit back with a satisfied look as everyone talks to everyone else. Nothing beats the feeling of warm pride you get when two pieces of your crowd hit it off with each other independently. But not too independantly. They must always like you more than they like anyone else. And you must at all times be established as the "connector".
Oh, and this mini-post has a purpose as well. The Blank Noise Project is having a special blogathon for Women's Day, which I shall be participating in. Here's my thought. A lot of people don't have blogs and have been victims to sexual harrassment. If you'd like your story to be told, email it to me, and I will post them here in a running up to Women's Day. And if you'd rather not tell your story, well, then, I have plenty for all of us.
Tiny post, I know, I'm sorry. Promise bigger, better updates in the future.
Not sure why most people assume only little girls get harassed, but I'm sure something as horrible as child abuse needs to be dealt with in the most severe manner possible.ReplyDelete
More power to the blogathon.
umm..dont know anyone who has been abused sexually, but thanks for introducing me to a blog called kissnblog.blogspot.com, i now know someone (virtually, albeit)who has been. She is Midwest (one half of kissnblog) and she posted just recently about this.
dont know if it helps. Thought I will let you know though.
was it one of those campus style anyone-with-own-alcohol-can-walk-in type of party?ReplyDelete
sorry this is meant for the previous post - congrats on the new tat!ReplyDelete
i've been looking around for designs too and i finally got fed up and designed my own..now all i need is the courage to go get it done (injections...needles...*SHUDDDDER*) wish me luck!
what stinks is when your two pieces like each other more than u...i liken it to shooting yourself in the foot. OUCH.
...and SUCH a happy pardy it was!ReplyDelete
but what was with that guy with the camera? totally BIG BROTHER WATCHING YOU. a bit creepy, no?
I do have sth to say on harassment...ReplyDelete
But your "...if you'd rather not tell your story, well, then, I have plenty for all of us" sounded real funny :-)
I would have come to that party, had an invite been sent to my ashram. I am, it is said, a collector's delight.ReplyDelete
:(( u didnt invite meReplyDelete
Hmm..I am a people collector too. However, I like to collect crazy people who turn out to be rather interesting.ReplyDelete
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