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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10 April 2021

What I'm Reading

I've already mentioned my great love for Anne Tyler so talking about one of her books again seems redundant but I enjoyed this so much. It's a bit of a departure for Tyler, first person, the narrator is a man who was troubled in his youth and now, in his adulthood works at a company that does errands for the elderly. I loved it for its meditations on old age, which will come to all of us eventually. Maybe because the life I'm living now is an old person's life. I barely leave my house. I have small interests like reading or jigsaw puzzles. I have a routine I stick to. I feel my thirty ninth year slipping through my fingers as much as thirty eight did. I have a milestone birthday this year, perhaps that's what sending me down these paths. Forty isn't seventy but this isn't how I thought I'd be spending the last few months of my thirties either. Anyway, I loved this book. Compulsively readable like all of Tyler's, but different, harder, less gentle. I think you'll like it. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #annetyler #apatchworkplanet

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