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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26 April 2021

What I'm Reading

I am rubbish at keeping a schedule for this thing but you know, it's been a WEEK and I'm sure everyone is as distracted as I am. I'll share more kids books later this week but I've also been reading some fun things while I retreat into my bookshelf and pull the covers over my head, trying to pretend like the outside world isn't happening. One of those books is My Antonia by Willa Catcher, an American classic I'd been avoiding until very recently but you know, I'm glad I read it now, not when I was much younger. It came to me at exactly the right time I think. Up until now my only experience with America's pioneers was Laura Ingalls Wilder who I madly adore and who aroused an interest in me for how people got on in that strange and interesting time. My Antonia is about settlers, a Bohemian family who moves in next door to our narrator, a young boy and the trials and tribulations of Antonia, the oldest girl. It's not a sad book, it's actually quite a happy book, but sad things do happen. Mostly I loved the descriptions of friendship and quiet camaraderie between the two as they walk across the vast prairie together. A lovely book. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #myantonia #willacather

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