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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We must not accept the injustice of our enslavement by telling ourselves it is our fate, as if we have no true feelings; we must dare to stand up for change. And yes, that is how it had to be. Books like this should be read and taught vama they impart a deeper understanding and could make us more empathetic and humane. The narrative bams is very humdrum, and the sentences are repetitive and boring.

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

A Life Peter Horton. Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. The life she led and the values she believes in.

In bqma introduction, translator Lakshmi Holmstrom says Karukku means palmyra leaves, that, with their serrated edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords.

The same oppression that Bama faced outside, she faced in school and college, making it all even harder to pursue an education she could barely afford and that she had to fight hard for as a woman. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face.

Log into your account. They are frequently humiliated and shamed by these. Aravindh Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Barsa By Kadeeja Mumtas. Apr 06, Amrita rated it it was amazing. The Classic Horror Stories H. After serving as a nun for seven years, Bama left the convent and began writing.


She comes across so human in her writing based off the injustices she has felt both as a Dalit and as a woman. Retrieved 20 May Those who have found their happiness by exploiting us are not going to go easily.

She describes in detail her childhood in her village, her coming to terms with the reality that she is a Dalit, thus an untouchable and that she lived in a world that was hostile towards people like her. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist. Preview — Karukku by Bama.

I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing. Bama is unabashed with her admissions and her random musing in her writing. It was in that Bama left the convent that she had been a member of for seven years. And this has got nothing to do with the sincerity of the writer, let me assure you at the outset.

The unnamed narrator a Dalit-Christian-Woman paints her painful and unsettling experience in various vignettes, written with charm, clarity and oodles of compassion.

While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity and privilege, equalising spaces, they are anything but. The book was originally written by her karuukku Tamil in and translated ba,a the English version that I read by Lakshmi Holmstrom in Charles Dickens’s Networks Jonathan H.

Case in point the “Cow vigilante groups”. Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. A raw account of life as a Dalit Chiristian and the oppression that ensues.

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

Look for the index at the back of the book if you get confused. Aug 25, Ritu rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. Bama is the pen name of a Dalit Christian, a former nun who decided to renounce her habit and come out of the convent to fight for the rights of her community when she realised that in India, even the hallowed halls of the Roman Catholic church was contaminated with the poison of caste. Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text.


Ultimately, Bama decides that enough is enough and gets out. The book chronicles the author’s journey from her childhood to the present, under the constant discrimination of being Dalit, and a woman and one who left a convent. She does not describe events only in terms of the impact they had on her later life, but writes of the experiences she had as moments of oppression that composed her daily lived reality.

This is what interested me. Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. 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 or friendsthen you are a Dalit.

Empowered Women In Bollywood of 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. It is we who have to place them where they belong and bring about a changed and just society where all are equal.

They portray caste-discrimination practised in Christianity and Hinduism. Bama rendered her tale in simple and plain words.

Bama (writer)

The book has to be written in this language, sorry the story has to be told in this way. She writes of the oppression she faced within the convent to practice her religion and daily life in a particular manner. I often felt pained and ashamed. The typical delivery time is 6 weeks. To tell the truth, this caste consciousness among Christians is quite common.

But if you read this in Tamil kadukku are i Karukku reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel.