Bama (born ), also known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj, is a Tamil, Dalit feminist, committed teacher and novelist. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukku (), which for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Bama’s Karukku has been translated to English and Kusumbukkaran and Sangati to French. Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the generic conventions Bama’s Karukku appeared in the Tamil version in (English. 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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Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. Write a product review. Vanmam — Vendetta By Bama. What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of.

Karukku by Bama. A masterpiece in Dalit and feminist literature, the latter without the author even realizing it. Sadly most of the oppression related in the novel is still relevant.

Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. C rated it really liked it Shelves: The writing itself was very lacklustre lost in translation?

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Karukku is wnglish of the first autobiographies of a Dalit woman written in Tamil. Karukku is an wonderful novel which I read with my whole heart…………Want to meet the writer Bama at least once in my life time…………. The book has to be written in this language, sorry the story has to be told in this way.

Excellent experience reading this book. She describes a college party that she did not attend because she could not afford to buy a new saree, hiding in the bathroom until it was over.

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With the encouragement of a friend, she wrote on her childhood experiences. 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’. So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember.

Originally written in Tamil, this translation catapulted this book into international recognition and it has been widely read and celebrated, discussed and analyzed in variety of ways. No offense miss if you’re reading this. She writes of the oppression she faced within the convent to practice her religion and daily life in a particular manner.

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

Part of that disillusionment also came from the difference karkuku wha This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! The power of her narrative is in that she leaves the question of how women, Dalits, and in particular Dalit women will ever live in an easier world, unanswered. Karukku answers the kadukku question “Can the subaltern speak? She writes simultaneously of humorous incidents she remembers from her childhood, the englisj she used to play with her friends, good meals with her family and the oppression of her community by the police, upper-castes, and the convent.

Maybe I have the wrong expectations, I don’t know. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Those who have found their happiness by exploiting us are not going to go easily. In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable.

In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery. Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. And this has got nothing to do with the sincerity of the writer, let me assure you at the outset. Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life. Audible Download Audio Books. 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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An Autobiography by Bama. Read more Read less. In Karukku, Bama attempts to provide us a glimpse of her life as a Dalit girl growing up in a village in Tamil Nadu. Refresh and try again. I have always been proud of my identity as a feminist, bibliophile and bibliomane. Devoid of most personal and identifying details of both the author as well as the institutionsthe story chronicles the initial hopes and later disillusionment of the narrator with the casteism she witnessed in Church and other christian institutions.

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

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

Bama’s one of the best book. Crossword Book Award for Translation The life she led and egnlish values she believes in. In Kerala, “pedigreed” Christian families – who claim to have been converted by St. Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. And I wonder if caste has seeped in akrukku deeper than we realise. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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