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 January 2021

What I'm Reading


Confused about how I felt about this. On the one hand, I ADORE Elizabeth Gaskell as long term followers of this account will know. On the other hand, there's so much going on, you guys. Like SO MUCH. Shall I talk about the merits and demerits of capitalism? Shall I talk about (SPOILER EVEN THOUGH THIS BOOK IS ANCIENT) losing literally every single parent figure in your life in the second half of the book? Shall I talk about unsuitable romances and how I was NOT CONVINCED by the end? Or actually, let's just say Margaret Hale, our heroine, has one of the finest minds and hearts I have seen in 19th century literature and for that, you're curious about her life story. I mean, it's Mrs Gaskell. We love her. But Cranford might be an easier entry point for you if you're new to all this. Remember it was a serial novel originally, written as a column for the Household Notes (edited by Charles Dickens who was a huge fan) and so some plots meander on and some end abruptly. Still it's a book that makes you think which is always great and also a book that makes you feel like it was written last year which is also always great. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #elizabethgaskell #northandsouth

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