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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12 December 2012

Things I learnt at 30

* If writing is your job, treat it like a job. There are no luxuries of a week off when you're writing a book. Write the goddamn thing. Work during work hours. Turn your computer off at 7 pm.

* I really, really love solitary Sundays.

*  I really, really love Sundays-with-someone-else.

* Red wine is officially eM's Drink Of Choice.

* Except when in Bombay or any other humid place, where it will give you the vilest hangover ever, so stick to vodka, fresh lime soda and salt. (You can drink five of these and wake up fresh as a daisy.)

* Assertiveness.

* Curly hair loving.

* How to enjoy a meal.

* Clothes loving. (This was dormant, and woke up in my thirtieth year.)

* The general appreciation of the finer things of life.

* House parties > nightclub nights.

* How to manage a household.

* How to travel with a small bag.

* How to stay skinny with minimal effort.

* How to say yes.

* How to say no.

* How to give less of  a shit.

* How to give a shit.

Good year.


  1. Congratulations!
    There are people who don't get a quarter of that list even when they're's to another good year of learning and living!

  2. how to stay skinny with minimal effort at 30? i want to know!! btw, really great list...

  3. I just turned 30 last month and have FINALLY learned to love my curly hair and have decided never to have it re-bonded again! so cheers to that :)

  4. One thing I want everyone should learn:
    “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” –by Gail Sheehy


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