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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1 February 2021

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I suppose when people talk of favourite flowers, they mean the sort you get in a bouquet (and I have favourite cut flowers too) but I like pansies best because they remind me of little kitten faces. In the language of flowers, pansies mean love and admiration and in Victorian England, this flower was often concealed in the heart of an otherwise ordinary bouquet to say "you have a secret admirer" or basically the Victorian equivalent of sliding into your DMs and asking you to send nudes. Later, the Freethinkers Society, a group formed in New York in 1915 that embraced secularism and separating church and state, picked the pansy as their symbol because its name comes from the French "Penser" ie, "to think." A lot of history behind this little flower, heart's-ease in some countries, growing in a little pot, on my balcony. #languageofflowers #pansy #delhidiary

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