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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29 August 2021

What I'm Reading

It's been a while since I posted a book recommendation but I've been in a bit of a reading rut. (Only old Agatha Christie's and you don't need me to tell you about her, do you?) but I stumbled on I Capture The Castle, one of my favourite books of all time, in a pile of junk books at a flea market yesterday and it was like a SIGN. I used to have my own copy, I'm certain I still do, but I've been hunting for it since 2020 on my overcrowded shelves in Delhi with no luck. Why do I love this book so? Cassandra Mortmain is one of my favourite YA characters of all time, her story of her genteel-ly poor family (Father wrote a famous book ages ago and can no longer write, stepmother is an artist's model, sister is beautiful but useless, brother is too young) and how their fortunes change when the rich Americans move next door is so natural and vividly told, like it's happening to you. I love Cassandra, you will too if you like smart young heroines with poetry in their souls. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #icapturethecastle #dodiesmith

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