When she wished to begin writing, her husband supported her decision to augment the family's income. Because she was a woman, however, she could not use the morning-till-night schedule enjoyed by her great uncle. She would wait until nightfall after her family had gone to sleep and would write until morning: "There was only the kitchen table where I would cut vegetables, and after all the plates and things were cleared, I would sit there and start typing". This rigorous schedule took its toll upon her health, but she views her illness optimistically. It gave her more time at home, and thus, more time to write.
As Kamala’s career progressed, her greatest supporter was always her husband. Even when controversy swirled around her sexually charged poetry and her unabashed autobiography, My Story, her husband was "very proud" of her. Though he was sick for 3 years before he passed away, his presence brought her tremendous joy and comfort. She stated that there "shall not be another person so proud of me and my achievements" (Warrior interview). And her achievements extend well beyond her verses of poetry. Kamala says, "I wanted to fill my life with as many experiences as I can manage to garner because I do not believe that one can get born again". True to her word, Kamala has dabbled in painting, fiction, and even politics. Though she failed to win a place in Parliament in 1984, she has been much more successful of late as a syndicated columnist. She has moved away from poetry because she claims that "poetry does not sell in this country [India]," but fortunately her forthright columns do (Warrior interview). Her columns sound off on everything from women's issues and child care to politics.
In December, 1999 she converted to Islam, creating a furore in the press. Less than a year later, Kamala Surayya announced on plans to register her political party 'Lok Seva,'
At the age of 75 yrs. Kamala Surayya (Madhavikutty) died in a private hospital at Pune on 31st may 2009, Sunday early morning (May god bless her with peace n heaven)