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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In Kerala, “pedigreed” Christian families – who claim to have been converted by St. Want ny Read saving…. In addition to this she has written twenty short stories. Feb 28, Supriya rated it did not like it.

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.

Bama (writer)

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.

She is a person of such ferocious integrity. Buy the selected items together This item: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The politics of caste is not 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. The same oppression that Bama faced outside, she faced in school and college, making it all even harder to pursue an education she could barely afford and that she had to fight hard for as a woman.


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

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? In this manner, she presents the pervasiveness of caste oppression — how it not only punctuates everyday life, but is an integral part of it, even in the memory of a community.

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. Surabhi Chatrapathy rated it liked it Apr 08, Probably both, to varying extents.

Vanmam — Vendetta By Bama. I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously. By a felicitous pun, the Tamil word karukku, containing the word karuembryo or seed, also means freshness, newness. Showing of 8 reviews.

Bama got a loan and set up a school for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. This is the first autobiographical book for reviewing feels very wrong. 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. These were their rules. I love the beginning and the end.

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 jn her struggles to overcome it, albeit a tad unsuccessfully.

He seems to have been overshadowed by Gandhiji during the initial decades of independence. I have always been proud of my identity as a feminist, bibliophile and bibliomane. For him, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book.


I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way. Bama had her early education in her village. Visit our Help Pages.

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

Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy tha A short and a gripping read!

The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief. One of these items is dispatched sooner than the other. 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.

The power of her narrative is in that she leaves the question of how women, Dalits, and in particular Dalit women will ever live in an easier world, unanswered. I cannot believe it got translated.

Thomas, almost always from Brahmin families – rarely enter into marriages with “convert” Christians, relatively recent converts from Dalit communities. And I wonder if caste fnglish seeped in much deeper than we realise.

Karukku by Bama

Later, Bama describes her adult life, how she became a nun, and later left the order when she witnessed the hypocrisy of the Church in its attitude towards the poor and the Dalits. As she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, she narrates how caste and religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits. About the Author Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer.