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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Vivek Karkkku added it. A Life Peter Horton. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. The book was originally written by her in Tamil in and translated into the English version that I read by Lakshmi Holmstrom in She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukkuwhich chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu.

Karukku reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel. Views Read Edit View history.

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. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face. She writes of life there in all its vibrancy and colour, never making vama seem like a place defined by a singular caste identity, yet a place that never forgets, and is never allowed to forget its caste identity.

Bama (writer)

Focused on the observations karulku thoughts of the narrator, at times the story seemed to exist in a vacuum. Beyond all the oppression and humiliation there is HOPE. 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 karukkku to caste.

Dec 18, Vishakh Unnikrishnan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously. Monday, December 31, Nama living condition of the Parayas, as Bama describes it, is pitiful; and the way they are abused by everyone up on the caste ladder they happen to be on the lowest rung with even the police colluding is horrific.


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

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The book chronicles the author’s journey from her childhood to the present, under the constant discrimination of being Dalit, and a woman and one who left a convent.

It furthers the University’s objective of karuoku in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The Truth About Fiction: In addition to krukku she has written twenty short stories. I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing. This is what interested me.

Bama got a loan and set up a school for Dalit children in Uttiramerur.

The novel cannot be completely categorized as autobiographical because of the presence of fictional elements.

Karukkj illustration of culture within Christian convents is shocking. Retrieved from ” https: To ask other readers questions about Karukkuplease sign up. Case in point the “Cow vigilante groups”. The typical delivery time is 6 weeks. 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. By a felicitous pun, the Tamil word karukku, containing the word karuembryo or seed, also means freshness, newness.

While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity and privilege, equalising spaces, they are kaarukku but. He opined that this could be a reflection of the pathetic state of affairs of Dalits and anything concerned with them in our country, whether it is Dalit literature or Dalit art forms. Feb 28, Supriya rated it did not like it.


The novel comes across as a testimonio, and it explores the spiritual faith through the channels of education.

Bama (writer) – Wikipedia

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. 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………….

They are frequently humiliated and shamed by these. Please excuse me if my tone sounds overweening!

She comes across so human in her writing based off the injustices she has felt both as a Dalit and as a woman. For him, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book. Shafeeq Valanchery rated it liked it Oct 02, Her father was employed in the Indian Army. Karruku is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author. Jan 31, Mathangi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But even with education and jobs, she never makes any contact with other Dalit activists, striving on her own to fulfill her desire of doing something for her community.

Can’t stop thinking about the strength of her writing. This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so. She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India.