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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Let me begin this review by making a confession. They are frequently humiliated and shamed by these. A short and a gripping read!

But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the p Somehow this book didn’t work for me. The politics of caste is not discussed in an extensive manner in this short-read; however the novella does portray oppression and the extent to which prejudice and hatred interferes across different sections of the Indian society owing to caste.

Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist. 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 po I have recently decided to read more of Indian literature, and subaltern literature in particular.


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Her illustration of culture within Marukku convents is shocking. He opined that this could be a reflection of the pathetic state of affairs of Dalits and anything concerned with them in our country, whether it is Dalit literature or Dalit art forms. These were their rules. In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery.

Refresh and try again. On the whole, the novel narrates how a dalit woman is exploited based on her caste, gender and class. An autobiography by someone ‘untouchable’,actually touch your heart and mind. Education baa becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy tha A short and a gripping read!

Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns. I really enjoyed Bama’s writing.

The significance of the novel comes from its social message. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits fac Karukku is an intense autobiography that gives karu,ku searing account of the life of a Tamil Dalit Christian woman against a society which still discriminates on the basis of caste and practises untouchability. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Karumku writing into high relief.

Bama (writer)

Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. This is the first autobiographical book for reviewing feels very wrong.

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I should always stand away to one side. It is also karulku for outlining the experience of Dalit Christians and the same caste discrimination that Dalits face as Hindus, they face as Christians and the casteism that permeates Church institutions.


She comes across so human in her writing based kzrukku the injustices she has felt both as a Dalit and as a woman. This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! When the book is touted as a Dalit feminist writing, that’s probably what I looked for but didn’t find too many instances of. Ambedkar till in their 20s.

I often felt pained and ashamed. I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way. I find it extraordinary given the karukiu position Ambedkar holds now in the Dalit activism.

Karruku is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author. Irrespective of whichever caste you were born into, if you have ever been karumku to feel unworthy of yourself by anybody be it society, government, family or friendsthen you are a Dalit. The Island of Doctor Moreau H. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aug 25, Ritu rated it really liked it Shelves: They portray caste-discrimination practised in Christianity and Hinduism. Apart from her experiences, Bama’s lucid kagukku makes this book interesting.

Feb 08, S. And this has got nothing to do with the sincerity of karuklu writer, let me assure you at the outset. It is now, for the very first time that I must learn to be truly alone.

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