Anuradha Ramanan was one of the greatest literary giants Tamilnadu has ever produced. Her grandfather R. Balasubramanyam was a great actor of yore and had inspired her very much; in fact he mentored her to take up literature as her passion as well as profession. A student of Humanities, Anuradha Ramanan enjoyed her maiden success in literature when her article, "Kanavu Malrkal Kaukumpoothu", was published in the Mangai, 1977.
Mrs. Anuradha Ramanan has won a number of awards and prizes, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award, The Queen of Novels award, Awards for Best Novelist, Queen of Novels, Gold Medal from Idhyam Pesukirathu and so on. In 1978, she received a gold medal for her contribution in Tamil literature from the former Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran. Sirai, published in Ananda Vikatan, won a gold medal for the best short story.