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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15 July 2021

What I'm Reading

If you read this book with one eye on the West as the author clearly had, then you can get into it. It's definitely NOT written for an Indian audience, so things will keep coming up that bug you (lavender oil available freely in Jaipur in the 50s?) (beti spelt bheti?) (no discussion of caste or class politics except to mention what caste everyone is?) I mean, it's like a Bollywood movie. Rompy and unrealistic. Once I got used to it I quite enjoyed the story so read it if you have absolutely nothing else to. #bookstagram #121in2021

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