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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2 July 2020

Today in Photo

I finished the first draft of my ninth book yesterday. (Book 8 is written but I'm not ready to publish it yet so if this comes out first it will be book eight but we know it's really book nine, don't we?) A first draft means that I still have to fix a few things, it's not quite ready to be shown yet, but the fact that it exists outside my head is just..Wow. This feeling never gets old. Sharing here a photo of my last two weeks, I was doing too much faffing around and so to motivate myself I wrote down my word counts every day. (I wanted to knock it on the head swiftly so I could get down to making it better.)The reverse of this piece of paper is marathon sessions of 3000 or 4000 words a day but this is not bad either. When I was younger, I wrote a lot more without getting tired but that's the price of getting older and considering where your words fall, I guess. #authorlife #writingdemon

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  1. Love seeing photos of writers' bulleting boards!

  2. Your prose screams candour ! I love such writers ! Fearlessness is an ornament for a writer.


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