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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Monday, December 31, But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with bqma any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the people around her.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sadly most of the oppression related in kafukku novel is still relevant. Mar 20, Conrad Barwa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! Apart from her experiences, Bama’s lucid prose makes this book interesting.

Aug 25, Ritu rated it really liked it Shelves: The book has to be written in this language, sorry ksrukku story has to be told in this way. William Blackstone Wilfrid Prest.

Revolving karikku the main theme of caste oppression within the Catholic Church, it portrays the tension between the self and the community, and presents Bama’s life as a process of self-reflection and recovery from social and institutional betrayal.


She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India. Karukku broke barriers of tradition in more ways than one.

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Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. In her introduction, translator Lakshmi Holmstrom says Karukku means palmyra leaves, that, with their serrated edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Her illustration of karrukku within Christian convents is shocking.

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

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. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: The problem I had with the story is the writing. Jan 31, Mathangi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book was first published in Tamil inbut got translated to English by Lakshmi Holmstrom in and won the Crossword award that year.

But even with education and jobs, she never makes any contact with other Dalit activists, striving on her own to fulfill her desire of doing something for her community.


Though I read Karukku in English, I was touched. Open Preview See a Problem? Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting.

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

She opens up about the discrimination she and her community faced, the difficulties and sufferings they had to go through in order to survive and the obstacles they had to face on their way to progress. It efficiently conveys the inner trauma of her being, her state of mind, feelings, and emotions. Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns.

Bama got a loan and set up a school for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Pudhupatti, Chennai StateIndia. 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 speak on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve.

In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery.

Periyar Rally In Trichy: Maybe I have the wrong expectations, I don’t know. Academic Skip to main content. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist.

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