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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Buy the selected items together This item: Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender englisn. Revolving around 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.

But if you read this in Tamil you are i Karukku reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel. Devoid of most personal and identifying details of both the author as well as the iarukkuthe story chronicles the initial hopes and later disillusionment of the narrator with the casteism she witnessed in Church and other christian institutions.

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

Customers who viewed this item karkuku viewed. 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’.

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.

Susairaj was her father and Sebasthiamma, her mother. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Truth About Fiction: Bama is unabashed with her admissions and her random musing in her writing.


Chimmamanda Ngozie Adichie who is one of my favourite authors, says in The Danger of a Single Story, that there is an inherent danger in reducing human beings to just a single story; by doing so we are dehumanising them.

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Aravindh Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan 23, I read Bama’s interview and how bamq book was the first telling of the Dalit story. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns. I’ve heard of them karjkku my father, so it probably wasn’t as shocking to me as it might be to folks not exposed to the specifics of the caste system in Tamil Nadu. Customers who bought this item also bought.

The politics of caste is byy 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. In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable. This second edition includes a Postscript in which Bama relives the dramatic movement of her leave-taking from her chosen vocation and a engoish note ‘Ten Years Later’.

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

The life she led and the values she believes in. It is otherwise a partly nostalgic journey through her growing years, full of resentment on what life offered her or didn’t because of her caste and her struggles to overcome it, albeit a tad unsuccessfully.

Please try engpish later. Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in.

This is what interested me. Bama’s one of the best book. 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.

The living condition of the Parayas, as Bama describes it, is pitiful; and the way they are abused by everyone up on the caste ladder they happen to be on the lowest rung with even the police colluding is englksh.


She opens up about the discrimination she and her community faced, the kwrukku and sufferings they had to go through in order to survive and the obstacles they had to face on their way to progress.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In Kerala, “pedigreed” Christian families – who claim to have been converted by St. She kkarukku of life there in all its vibrancy and colour, never making it seem like a place defined by a singular caste identity, yet a place that never forgets, and is never allowed to forget its caste identity.

Karukku by Bama

Irrespective of whichever caste you were born into, if you have ever eng,ish subjected to feel unworthy of yourself by anybody be it society, government, family or friendsbana you are a Dalit. She writes simultaneously of humorous incidents she remembers from her childhood, the games she bu to play with her friends, good meals with her family and the oppression of her community by the police, upper-castes, and the convent.

Audible Download Audio Books. Choose your country or region Close. Retrieved from ” https: Apr 16, Kavya Srinivasan rated it it was amazing. Views Read Edit View history. And maybe that’s because there are so many moments of vulnerability in this book, in those individual chapters, just being able to read it feels like a big deal.

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. Sadly most of karukky oppression related in the novel is still relevant. Hardcoverpages.