Bama is the pen-name of a Tamil Dalit woman, from a Roman Catholic family. She has published three main works: an autobiography, Karukku, ; a novel, . Bama’s Karukku: Dalit. Autobiography as Testimonio. Pramod K. Nayar. University of Hyderabad, India. Abstract. This essay argues that Dalit autobiographies. Karukku is the English translation of Bama’s seminal autobiography, which tells the story of a Dalit woman who left her convent to escape from the caste.

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Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press

Though she was a good student, she never hesitated to do household work or help her mother and grandmother earn some extra money by working in a farm. Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it. Bama is unabashed with her admissions and her random musing in her writing. It is interesting to note bamq contrast with Omprakash Valmiki here.

Oct 27, Aisha Abbas rated it really liked it Shelves: Empowered Women In Bollywood of With the encouragement of a friend, karukju wrote on her childhood experiences. In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable.

Pudhupatti, Chennai StateIndia. Focused on the observations and thoughts of the narrator, at times the story seemed to exist in a vacuum.

To wish that those friends would read Karukku would be immature and karukou but I do hope, at least once in their life time, they find time to listen intently to what people like Bama have to say! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Even among the students, the rich and pedigreed are preferred to the poor and needy.


Bama (writer)

No trivia or quizzes yet. This second edition includes a Postscript in which Bama relives the dramatic movement of her leave-taking from her chosen vocation and a special note ‘Ten Years Later’.

William Blackstone Wilfrid Prest. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face. That said, the injustices perpetrated in the Catholic Church specifically the Order in which the author was training to be a nun was a revelation to me. What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of. She recalls how she was treated differently from others as a Dalit woman and admonished harshly every time she tried to stand up for herself, think for herself or karjkku on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve.

Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life. Irrespective of whichever caste you were born into, if you have ever been subjected to feel unworthy of yourself by anybody be it society, government, family baka friendsthen you are a Dalit.

Karukku by Bama

Somehow this book didn’t work for me. Anukriti rated it liked it Sep 13, So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important jarukku of history, sociology, and the strength to remember. Vama novel comes across as a testimonio, and it explores the spiritual faith through the channels of education. Retrieved 20 May She comes across so human in her writing based off the injustices she has felt both as a Dalit and as a woman.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The first autobiography by a Dalit woman author published in The dialect brings in the musical cadences of the language, each inflection and enunciation adding a specific meaning to the writing. Bamq is one of the first autobiographies of a Dalit woman written karjkku Tamil. The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief.


The first autobiography by a Dalit woman writer and a classic of subaltern writing, it is a bold and poignant tale of life outside mainstream Indian thought and function.

A simple read and a unique look into the lives that are largely left unaccounted. But, in general, what put me off was this feeling of hypocrisy on the author’s part about caste discrimination – she tells us how her Paraya community was discriminated against but the tone she uses with the communities that are even lower on the caste hierarchy gypsies, for example was quite discriminatory and stereotypical kafukku.

I often felt pained and ashamed.

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

We must crush all these institutions that use caste to bully us into submission, and demonstrate karukju among human beings there are none who are high or low. They are frequently humiliated and shamed by these.

Case in point the “Cow vigilante groups”. I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist. The Truth About Fiction: