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So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember. This essay argues that Dalit autobiographies must be treated as testimonio, atrocity narratives that document trauma and strategies of survival. Using Bama’s . 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, .

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Again and again, Bama explained that she has captured the language of everyday life without any cosmetic facelift. 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.

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Anukriti rated it liked it Sep 13, Autobiography was not a flourishing genre in Tamil, as in the case of Marathi Dalit writing of that time.

While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity bby privilege, equalising spaces, they are anything but. Bama attributes education as the absolute reason for all her achievements in life and emphasises that only through education a change can happen.

I’ve heard of them from 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. Of course, the youth of Kandampatti laboured to change that opinion by reading aloud karukkku text to the villagers.

The Classic Horror Stories H. Aravindh Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan 23, This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! She was recovering from the trauma of having her utopia smashed.


So it was natural for me to by this autobiography by Bama, a Tamil Dalit woman while I was in Chennai for three weeks recently. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Character and Person John Frow. She describes a college party that she did not attend because she could not afford iarukku buy a new saree, hiding in the bathroom until bamaa was over.

In Karukku, Bama introduces us to her people who live like any one bzma us, trying hard to make a living but yearning to enjoy simple pleasures in life by singing and dancing amidst all hardships.

The first autobiography In when bzma Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable.

It was not autobiography in the traditional sense. I have recently decided to read more of Indian literature, and subaltern literature in particular. She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India.

Karukku by Bama

I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way. Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns.

The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of kaukku, pushed Dalit writing into high relief. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? I have always been proud of my identity gy a feminist, bibliophile and bibliomane.


After serving as a nun for seven years, Bama karukkh the convent and began writing. 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. Archita rated it really liked it Feb 02, Please excuse me if my tone sounds overweening!

Apr 16, Kavya Srinivasan rated it it was amazing. Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life.

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The story did not have a linear or non-linear structure. Nick O’C rated kwrukku really liked it Feb 04, Let me begin this review by making a confession. Kusumbukkaran and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum A raw account of life as a Dalit Chiristian and the oppression that ensues. This article is closed for comments. For bg, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book.

Twenty-five years of Bama’s Karukku

Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it. The Truth About Fiction: It was not a big name in literary publishing. 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.

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