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 May 2022

What I'm Reading

I was hesitant to recommend this book I loved so much because I didn't know whether it was still in print and I like you guys to have the option to go out and immediately be able to buy something but I briefly perused The Company That's Ruining Books For Everyone Which We Still Use Because It's So Convenient and yes! There are a few in stock! So get in there before you return to this review. Back? Okay, sooo this is a series of essays written by American journalist Elizabeth Bumiller when her and her husband lived in India in the 80s. A lot has changed but a lot sadly stays the same. Bumiller writes in clear NOT CONDESCENDING prose that feels almost like reading fiction, it's so nicely done, and covers a range of subjects from bride burnings to movie stars, Kiran Bedi to kitty parties. It's really excellent and one of the few books about Indian women out there that attempts to make sense of the people on this vast subcontinent. I really enjoyed it. I'm on a narrative nonfiction kick at the moment, which is why an increase in those posts but I do find stories of people told by other people just so fascinating and also good fodder for my own writing, so there's that. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #100in2022 #elizabethbumiller #mayyoubethemotherofahundredsons

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