"I never thought of writing about my life events, but in the last 2-and-a-half years as I wasn't as visible in the public view, I started to hear a lot of rumors about me and felt really sad. So I thought it was the right time to clarify the truth about my life," she wrote in a serialised memoir in the Tamil weekly - magazine, Kumudam.
The year was 1978, she was 30 years old, still a few years away from entering politics. Her film career was in a slump, movie offers had dried up. She was briefly estranged from her mentor and onscreen partner, MG Ramachandran.
After writing a few columns, she stopped, disclosing that it would compromise the privacy of people close to her, which led to speculation that MGR and she had reconciled.
Here, some excerpts from her writing:
"My house's name is Vedha Nilayam, it is named after my mother's name Vedha. She changed her name to Sandhya for the films later. My mother helped decide the carpets, curtains and everything else in the house but she never used it as she died before this house was built," she wrote in one of her earliest columns.
The house she is referring to is the palatial bungalow she owned in Poes Garden, Chennai. It was where she lived right till she was hospitalized in September. After she died on Monday, it was where her body was brought for the night before being moved to a public hall for viewing.
Jayalalithaa lived away from her mother from when she was 6 to the age of 10. While Sandhya was in Chennai earning a living as an actress, Jayalalithaa lived with her maternal grandparents in Bangalore. Sandhya would visit her on breaks from shooting.
"She hugged me tightly and gave me a kiss. I kept my composition notebook next to me. I showed her, 'See I got first prize in the essay competition.'"
The essay was titled "What mummy means to me."
Jayalalithaa recalled, "When Shivaji gave the speech, he said 'this girl is really beautiful like a golden idol, and one day in the future she will come into the film industry and will get a great welcome. I wish that for her.'"
"I'm certain he wouldn't have even dreamt that in some years, I would work alongside him as a heroine," she wrote.