It wasn't all that simple always but Mrs. YGP has never been one to choose the easy way. Granddaughter of Dewan Bahadur T. Rangachari, she wasn't even expected to graduate. But to every ones surprise she went on to be the first woman P.G. Diploma holder in Journalism (with Distinction as well). And then, still testing the ground, she caused a minor (well, it seems that way now) upheaval in the family by joining The Mail as a journalist. In the year 1948, she decided to marry a civil servant and theatre personality Y.G.Parthasarathy. Those were the days of consistent exposure to the finer aspects of Indian culture and stalwarts like M.S.Subbulakshmi and Bade Gulam Ali Khan graced Mrs.YGP's memories with their unforgettable talent in their home at Sirit colony, Egmore.
After her marriage she continued with her work joining The Hindu, meeting and interviewing people like even Indira Gandhi, widening her perspectives and unknowingly honing her skills for her eventual cause. The innate flair in her for writing propelled her to take up journalism with gusto and she wrote under the pen name 'Rashmi'. she wrote for The Hindu and the Tamil weekly 'Kumudam'. Journalism was a preparation for her larger mission i.e., education.