C.S. Lakshmi (1944—), writing under the pseudonym of Ambai, is a feminist Tamil writer. She was born in Tamil Nadu and grew up in Bangalore and Mumbai. She received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her story collections include In a Forest, A Deer; Fish in a Dwindling Lake; A Meeting on the Andheri Overbridge; The Purple Sea; A Night with a Black Spider; and her most recent collection, Kitchen in the Corner of the House. Her articles have appeared in The Hindu, The Times of India, and Political Weekly. Her short stories portray the reality of the lives of women, communicating their silent struggles.