Dr C S Lakshmi has been an independent researcher in Women's Studies for the last more than forty years. She has a Ph.D from
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She writes in the pseudonym Ambai in Tamil about love, relationships, quests and journeys and her short story collections have been published in Tamil and also translated into English. She was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2021 for her book Sivappuk Kazhuththudan Oru Pachaip Paravai.She is currently the Director of SPARROW (Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women).