Vaasanthi is a writer, journalist and columnist. She writes in Tamil and English and has published 30 novels, six short story collections, four volumes of journalistic articles, and four travelogues. Her work has been translated into Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, English, Norwegian, Czech, and Dutch. Two of her novels have been made into films in Malayalam. Her books Cut-outs, Caste and Cine Stars: The World of Tamil Politics (2006), and Amma: Jayalalithaa’s Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen (2016) draw on her keen observation of the political scene in Tamil Nadu as the Editor of the Tamil edition of India Today for nearly ten years.