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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The first autobiography by a Dalit woman writer and a classic of subaltern writing, it is a bold and poignant tale of life outside mainstream Indian thought and function. To tell the truth, this caste consciousness among Christians is quite common. Empowered Women In Bollywood of Bama rendered her tale in simple and plain words.

Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. Audible Download Audio Books. It efficiently conveys the inner trauma of her being, her state of mind, feelings, and emotions.

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

She is a person of such ferocious integrity. It efficiently conveys the inner trauma of her being, her state of mind, feelings, and emotions. Case in point the “Cow vigilante groups”. Shafeeq Valanchery rated it liked it Oct 02, On graduation, she served as a nun for seven years. Karukku by Bama. An Autobiography by Bama. When I Hid My Caste: The structure is also a mess, with the story switching back and forth in time without proper transition rather akin to too many jump cuts within a movie.

They portray caste-discrimination practised in Christianity and Hinduism. On the other hand, Bama stays away from providing too many names and details but paints a vivid picture of the social life of her caste. Dec 01, Anejana. A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs.


Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The book has to be written in this language, sorry the story has to be told in this way.

Bama (writer)

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He opined that this could be a reflection of the pathetic state of ln of Dalits and anything concerned with them in our country, whether it is Dalit literature bby Dalit art forms. I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing.

Dec 18, Vishakh Unnikrishnan rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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’. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? The Island of Doctor Moreau H. The writing itself was very lacklustre lost in translation?

Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days. Bama got a loan and set up a school for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. About the Author Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life.

Her father was employed in the Indian Army. Mar 20, Conrad Barwa rated it really liked it Shelves: Sold by uRead-Store and ships from Amazon Fulfillment.

In her preface, Bama draws attention to the symbol, and refers to the words in Hebrews New Testament’For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two – edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart’ Hebrews 4: This is what drew me to Karukku and this is why the book will stay with me. Charles Dickens’s Networks Jonathan H.


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

Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. The book is written in a very specific dialect Southern Tamil which definitely looses at least some of the lyricality and the rhythms in translation and may appear redundant to some. The novel cannot be completely engish as autobiographical because of the presence of fictional elements.

Aparna Sairamesh rated it it was amazing Oct 03, Here’s an excellent introduction written by the Lakshmi Holmstrom which appeared in Outlook.

One of these items is dispatched sooner than the other. So Bama Faustina englixh her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember.

Bama’s one of the best book. Apart from her experiences, Bama’s lucid prose makes this book interesting.

Karukku by Bama

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. The significance of the novel comes from its social message. A simple read and a unique look into the lives that are largely left unaccounted.

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. Aravindh Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan 23, After serving as a nun for seven years, Bama left the convent and began writing.

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