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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Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. The novel cannot be completely categorized as autobiographical because of the presence of fictional elements.
It is we who have to place them where they belong and bring about a changed and just society where all are equal. C rated it really liked it Shelves: For him, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj kagukku, is a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher karukkj novelist.
Bam 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. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face.
Milton Friedman Robert A. It is interesting to note the contrast with Omprakash Valmiki here. 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. Can’t stop thinking about the strength of her writing.
Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. Jun 01, Dhanya Narayanan rated it liked it. Choose your country or region Close. However, she finds the convent in not such a sanctuary and is just as oppressive as the spaces outside.
Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy that is enacted in educational institutions.
The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief. Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life. Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped abma the more senior nuns.
Bama (writer) – Wikipedia
So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember. The problem I iarukku with the story is the writing. She describes in detail her childhood in her village, her coming to terms with the reality that she is a Dalit, thus an untouchable and that she lived in a world that was hostile towards people like her.
He provides lots of details and names of people around, and his story really starts taking shape as he comes in touch with other Dalit activists.
I wish I read it in tamil But I couldn’t get hold of the tamil version. Views Read Edit View history. Revolving around the main theme of caste oppression within the Catholic Church, it portrays the tension between the self and the community, kkarukku presents Bama’s life as a process of self-reflection and recovery from social and institutional betrayal.
Karukku by Bama
Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously. This is what interested me. Incidentally, oarukku Valmiki and Bama do not seem to have heard of or read about Dr. To wish that those friends would read Karukku would be bma and ridiculous; but I do hope, at least once in their life time, they find time to listen intently to what people like Bama have to say!
‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity
But, in general, what put me off was this feeling of hypocrisy on the author’s part about caste discrimination – she tells us how her Paraya community was discriminated against but the tone she uses with the communities that are even lower on the caste hierarchy gypsies, for example was karukkk discriminatory and stereotypical too. So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember.
I owe it to Bama and her book bamx this simple realisation which has dawned in me. Bama had her early education in her village. Feb 08, S. 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.
Cody rated it liked it Oct 25, Shafeeq Valanchery rated it liked it Oct 02, 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.