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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9 January 2013

Cold Feet launches in Delhi!

Really quick post to invite Delhi people to my book party tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, at Kitty Su. RSVP here

I'm super excited about the party, primarily because it'll finally feel like I have a book out. Releasing your book at the end of a year is a terrible idea, because it gets swallowed up by all the year end recaps and so on. Plus this was the December of Horrible News, so we couldn't have--even if we wanted to, which no one was in the mind space for--had the party then. 

I'm in conversation with my dear friend Pragya Tiwari, editor of the best (and only) space for long form journalism on Indian cinema. Pragya and I have known each other for about four years now, and even though we're rarely in the same city at the same time, every time we meet we chat for hours. It should be a really fun discussion, and I'm looking forward to it.

I also have three readers, who are a mystery surprise! But I've known them for years and years too, and they're going to be awesome.

So.. come.


  1. I have just started reading the book. Still on chapter 1 though every sentence is so reminiscent of your writing on the blog. Being a regular reader of this blog, I can now just recognise your writing instantly

  2. I wish I could be there - but sll the best to you - btw I am going out to buy it in the evening.. tc!

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  4. Hey Em, bought your book yesterday, excited to read it. I think you're awesome for doing what you do, keep it up


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