Though My Story was supposed to be an autobiography, Madhavikutty later admitted that there was plenty of fiction in it. She was motivated to write this as she became ill and thought will not survive. She recounted the trials of her marriage and her painful self-awakening as a woman and writer. She became an icon for women, in India and elsewhere, struggling to liberate themselves from sexual and domestic oppression. Her tumultuous life seeking eternal love and the vagaries of lust drew the ire of the purists and fundamentalists alike.