Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan has been a writer for as long as she can remember, but starting officially with her first book You Are Here, which was published in 2008 and commissioned on the basis of her popular blog, Compulsive Confessions. She has worked as a journalist and a freelance columnist, based mostly out of New Delhi. Soft Animal is her eighth book, written during the 2020 COVID lockdown in India. She currently lives and writes in Berlin. She can be reached via her newsletter The Internet Personified (mrm.substack.com).