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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To see what your friends thought of this book, iarukku sign up. 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…………. Model Nazi Catherine Epstein.

Bama (writer)

Much can be learnt about a society by observing the games children play because children imitate adults flawlessly. Character and Person John Frow. An Autobiography by Bama. Never does she attempt to tie all the loose ends of her self, her life or her view of the world together.

Karukku by Bama

Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns. Bama remembers their games as children where they did role play as upper caste men insulting Dalits or as men who went for work and came home to beat their wives up!

For him, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book. 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’.


This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so. Part of that disillusionment also came from the difference between wha This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! Karukku answers the famous question “Can the subaltern speak? A raw account of life as a Dalit Chiristian and the oppression that ensues. On graduation, she served as a nun for seven years.

Please excuse me if my tone sounds overweening!

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

A masterpiece in Dalit and feminist literature, the latter without the author even realizing it. But even with education and jobs, she karukky makes any contact with other Dalit activists, striving on her own to fulfill her desire of doing something for her community.

So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember.

That’s a lot of identities for a short volume like this but the focus here is on the Dalit and Christian aspects of it. 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. It is now, for the very first time that I must learn to be truly alone.

Thomas, almost always from Brahmin families – rarely enter into marriages with “convert” Christians, relatively recent converts from Dalit communities. Focused on the observations and thoughts of the narrator, at times the story seemed to exist in a vacuum.

Somehow this book didn’t work for me. This is what drew me to Karukku and this is why the book will stay with me. Charles Dickens’s Networks Jonathan H. Retrieved from ” https: Case in point the “Cow vigilante groups”. Kusumbukkaran and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum For making such observations, Bama was ostracised by her own people who took time to realise that she was working for their common good. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Her illustration of culture within Christian convents is shocking. I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously.

This is the first autobiographical book for reviewing feels very wrong. Karukku is an intense autobiography that gives a 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.

It is we who have to place them where they belong and bring about a changed and just society where all are equal.

I have always loved reading jarukku the emotionally open and evocative relationships that women share with themselves, their bodies, their several identities.

Those who have found their happiness by exploiting us are not going to go easily. Most of the episodes from her childhood are things I have seen growing up, at my paternal grandparents’.