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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18 July 2006

Am I right side up or upside down, and is this real, or am I dreaming?

* Okay WHAT THE FUCK is going on? I know, I know I read stories that Shivam was kind enough to send me, and I read some stuff on Desi Pundit and I figured out that coz of some Princess Whatsherface chick, nothing with the url is showing up on my computer. What I want to know is, who is this Princess and why is she disturbing my routine? A member of the LeT perhaps? Or an unpatriotic person? Or someone who writes about sex? So I went to Princess Kimberly's website (you can access it through this handy tool) but there was nothing I could find that might lead to it being blocked. So, I'm a bit of an airhead when it comes to technical terms like an ISP or other garbled mumbo-jumbo that seems to make sense to everyone else, so I'd really appreciate if someone gave me a "Blogs Blocked In India" explanation for dummies, please, please?

* Must point out Bridal Beer's new website Share-a-Plan. Great idea, a little bit like Meetup and eVite, but of course, a desi version. I've been invited to coffee and conversation on Thursday, you should come too! The invite here.

* Amidst all this socialising, I haven't in fact been going for the Cinefan film festival that's on, but I did go for the Osian's opening night party. Not exactly red carpet, but close enough what with Neville Tuli (is he gay? is he straight? is he oddly asexual? who can tell?) doing a little "Who are you and why are you here" thing at the entry of Olive. Luckily, he knows me, coz I met him for a story once, so I raised my eyebrows and nodded grandly, and he smiled, equally grandly. Then, with a squeal, I danced up to my friend Damien, who was already there and already drunk and the two of us spent the entire evening hand-holding, cheek-kissing and generally acting like two people who wanted nothing more than to get into bed with each other. Of course, he's, blah, gay, so no action for eM there. This man teetered up to us at some one in the morning and put his arms around both of us, telling us that he had been watching us all evening and our love was so pure and so clear and so on. At this point, I'm concentrating as hard as I can on crossing my arms so one of his hands doesn't accidently on purpose touch my boobs, but Damien's all like, "Oh you don't understand, we're good friends, but we're not like that." And I'm all like, "Heh-heh-heh-shut-up-Damien-so-this-man-will-go-away." Finally, Damien tells him that I'm straight and he's gay and the man goes, "But you're in denial! Your love is so pure and so, so asexual." At this point I am rescued by old friend from school, who had joined me at the party and I left the two of them, unregretfully, at it. So, ya, Saturday night was fun.

* I leave you with a song that has been playing over and over in my head. I think it's the new "my song". There's something about it that draws me, compels me to vanish inside the world that is evoked through the lyrics. It is my world. It's been a while since I've reacted so strongly to music.

Here goes: Crush by Dave Matthews Band.

Crazy, how it, feels tonight.
Crazy, how you, make it all alright love.
You crush me, with the, things you do,
I do, for you, anything too oh.
Sitting, smoking, feeling high.
And in this, moment, ah, it feels so right.
Lovely lady, I am at your feet, oh, God I want you so badly.

And I wonder this could tomorrow be so wondrous as you there sleeping.
Lets go, drive til, the morning comes.
And watch the, sunrise, and fill our souls up.
Well drink some, wine till, we get drunk, yes...
It's crazy, I'm thinking, just knowing that the world is round.
I'm here I'm dancing on the ground.
Am I right side up or upside down, and is this real, or am I dreaming?

Lovely lady, let me drink you, please, I wont spill a, drop no, I promise you.
Lying under this spell you cast on me.
Each moment the more, I, love, you.
Crush me, come on.
Oh, yes.
It's crazy, I'm thinking, just knowing that the world is round.
I'm here I'm dancing on the ground.
Am I right side up or upside down? Is this real, oh lord, or am I dreaming?

Lovely lady, I will treat you sweetly, adore you, I mean, you crush me.
Oh its times like these when my faith I feel.
I know, how, I, love, you. come on, come on, baby.
It's crazy, I'm thinking just as long as you're around.
I'm here I'll be dancing on the ground.
Am I right side up or upside down? To each other, we'll be facing.
My love, my love, we'll beat back the pain we've found.
You know, I mean to tell you all the things I've been thinking, deep inside my friend.

With each moment the more I love you. Crush me, come on, baby.
So much you have, given love, that I would give you back again and again.
Oh, the love, many now hold you but please, please, just let me, always

(isn't it beautiful? Download now!)


  1. @Patrix That'e because you the links are provided through pkblogs and pkblogs is only for blogspot sites. Go directly to or www.desipundit.con since these are not blocked anyway.

    eM - if you do find someone to take a Blog Blocking for Dummies session, count me in!

  2. patrix: the links fixed now, thanks for spotting it :)

    rohini: ya, i'm still waiting for takers!

    On India blocking blogs..

  4. The Princess Kimberley blog actually had some inflammatory matter. She has removed the posts now as it seems. However, in July 11, 2006 (that is last week) she, in fact, advertised one of her hate posts Infidel Puppies vs. Quran Woof in - what I felt like a hate blog called My Pet Jawa, and can be found in its archives here.

    However, since My Pet Jawa is also blocked by Indian ISPs, you can't access it directly. So what do you do? Well, take the help of Google's cache! Here is the link.

    You are most welcome daughter. The Guru is always around to show you the right path. :-)

  5. Blogs can be accessed again now FYI

  6. Hmmmmm...from what I hear, the Indian IT whatjamaycallit was not technically savvy enough to blockt he individual pages containing imflammatory comment so they went the umbrella way (as did Pakistan post Danish cartoon issue). If you can let me know which inflammatory sites these were. I get curiouser and curiouser.

  7. No, blogs still cannot be accessed now. I'm on Sify at home and Airtel at work. Not happening.

  8. God! what possessed you?!
    The old template was so much better.

  9. White background is definitely easier on the eyes than black. But still a few things to be fixed - archives don't appear on the right side in my browser, clicking on comments doesn't take you to comments...

    oh btw, great blog! Been reading for past week or so and I must say I have got addicted ;-)

  10. *blushes pretty much the same colour as the new template*

    I was bored :)

  11. Song #6 on the album is better. The one where he says something like:
    "Tonight lets be lovers,
    Tomorrow we'll go back to being friends."


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