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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12 April 2022

What I'm Reading

Tbh, tbQh, Upamanyu Chatterjee lost me somewhere after English, August. I adored, continue to adore that book, it's a classic now and still one of the books I'd recommend to anyone wanting to understand India. But the books in the middle left me a little cold, they were too.. I don't know, they didn't seem to be written for a person like me. But! I have returned to him with this excellent literary thriller, I could not stop reading it, you guys. It took me two and a half days and it's bulky (why put a literary thriller in a hardback is another question but hopefully they'll have a paperback edition soon) and it's glorious. Delhi has been waiting for literary crime for ages, Bombay already has several, so does Bangalore, but Delhi seems to have been left out. (Great time to also mention my MS in progress is a literary murder mystery set in Delhi but at the rate I'm going, will be some time so don't hold your breath.) Villainy is not a murder mystery, it's the story of crime, a spoilt rich boy and the people he affects. I loved that, loved all the relationships, the insights into people's heads and so on. The crime provided a large framework for the book to slot into, but honestly my best parts were just the psychologies of people, so well described. Absolutely enjoyed, you will too. Thanks also to @speakingtiger for sending me a copy. #villainy #upamanyuchatterjee #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #100in2022

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