Bama is the author of the autobiographical Karukku (1992). Translated from Tamil into English in 2000, it is regarded as a milestone in contemporary literature from India. She has also published two novels, Sangathi (Events), and Vanmam (Vendetta), and two short story collections, Kusumbukkaran (translated as Harum-Scarum Saar) and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum. She worked as a schoolteacher and has now retired. She lives in Utthiramerur village, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.
Bama has written the introduction to Ambedkar: The Attendant Details.