1 May So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the. So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a Her works have been translated into English, German, French, Telugu, and. 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, .

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This is certainly not comfortable reading for anyone. The day is ordered by religious ritual. This slim book ultimately proved a chore to get through.

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

Crossword Book Award for Translation General readers and students and scholars of Indian writing, Dalit writing, gender studies, translation studies, and cultural studies. First, he says, it is the function of Dalit writing to awaken in every reader, a consciousness of the oppressed Dalit, and to karukku by bama in english in the Dalit experience as if it were their own.

Ultimately, Bama decides that enough is enough and gets out. Karukku reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel. My thanks to the author Bama, and to Sr. And that’s all there is to this book. Bama is karukku by bama in english pen name of a Dalit Christian, a former nun who decided to renounce her habit and come out of the convent to fight for the rights of her community when she realised that in India, even the hallowed halls of the Roman Catholic church was contaminated with the poison of caste.

Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. The novel comes across as a testimonio, and it explores the spiritual faith through the channels of education.


Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it.

Karukku means palmyra leaves, which, with their serrated edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords. By a felicitous pun, the Tamil word Karukkucontaining the word hare, embryo or seed, also means freshness, newness.

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 tension throughout Karukku is between the self and the community: It is also notable for outlining the experience of Dalit Christians and the same caste discrimination that Dalits face as Hindus, they face as Karukku by bama in english and the casteism that permeates Church institutions.

I do highly recommend reading it, just to get a glimpse of how things really are – no gloss, no glitter. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Karukku by bama in english is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author. It was in that Bama left the convent that she had been a member of for seven years.

Dec 18, Vishakh Unnikrishnan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bama’s brave renunciation of the convent and setting up her life on her own terms is truly laudable, more so considering her Dalit and woman identity. Apr 06, Amrita rated it it was amazing.

Introduction To Karukku

I wish to baam that my first hypothesis is true inspite of enough evidence in favour of the second one. Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns.


Karukku by bama in english Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan vama, 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.

Flat Protagonists Marta Figlerowicz. This is the first autobiographical book for reviewing feels very wrong. 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 bj karukku by bama in english of a community.

She leaves home to join the convent in her twenties, after working for a few years as a karukku by bama in english, hoping to contribute to a cause larger than caste, class and identity. It eschews the “confessional” mode, leaving out many personal details. 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 kaukku basis of caste and practises untouchability.

Anukriti rated it liked it Sep 13, Karukku, he says, is a singular example of a piece of writing which achieves this. This is what drew me to Karukku and this kraukku why the book will stay with me. A simple read and a unique look into the lives that are largely left unaccounted. It has gone hand in hand with political activism, and with critical and ideological debate, spurred on by such karukku by bama in english as the Ambedkar centenary ofand the furore following the Mandal Commission report.

Preview — Karukku by Bama.