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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6 June 2007
eM's quick guide to fighting loneliness
* Hold your breath. Count to three. Release.
* Take on more stories than you can handle. Talk about work as soon as you wake up.
* Don't blink for longer than you have to.
* Watch television for three hours at a stretch.
* Don't sing.
* Don't dance.
* Don't make any sudden movements.
* Keep your body close and tight. Keep your mind even closer.
* Sleep fitfully. Have nightmares about giant green hands from the sky scooping up people by a beach. Wake up by moonlight and smoke a cigarette.
* Laughing will hurt. Keep it to a smile.
* Let your smile stretch till your jaw hurts and you don't know what you're smiling about anymore.
* Eat a lot.
* Eat nothing at all.
* Rationalise, rationalise, rationalise.
* Never date again.
* Stop thinking about sex.
* Don't watch the rain.
* Contemplate joining a gym.
* Contemplate joining a convent.
* Contemplate going home again.
* Avoid happy couples.
* Avoid happy people.
* Close your eyes. Count to three. Jump.
I'll be just fine. Eventually.