Ambai is a historian and a creative writer who writes about love, relationships, quests and journeys in the Tamil region and elsewhere. Her stories have been translated into four collections. Her real name is C S Lakshmi. Dr. C S Lakshmi has been an independent researcher in Women’s Studies for the last forty years. She has a Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and has several books and articles to her credit. She is currently the director of SPARROW (Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women). As Director, she was in charge of translated volumes in Tamil of 12 booklets on women from various walks of life, published by SPARROW. She is at present the series Editor of five volumes of translations of 87 writers from 23 languages of India.