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

Showing of 8 reviews. It was an experience reading this. 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. Log into your account.

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Karukku broke barriers of tradition in more ways than one. Preview — Karukku by Bama.

PS, we had to read this in our literature course and our miss analysed it for quite some time making good interpretations but we know what’s true! It bby otherwise a partly nostalgic journey through her growing years, full of resentment on what life offered her or didn’t because of her caste and her struggles to overcome it, albeit a tad unsuccessfully.


Irrespective of whichever caste you were born into, if you have ever been subjected englosh feel unworthy of yourself by anybody be it society, government, family or friendsthen you are a Dalit. Periyar Rally In Trichy: Bama’s works are seen as embodying Dalit feminism and are famed for celebrating the inner strength of the subaltern woman.

Bama (writer)

As she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, karukky narrates how caste and religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits. Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in.

I owe it to Bama and her book for this simple realisation which has dawned in me. 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: Hardcoverpages.

A englisj in Dalit and feminist literature, the latter without the author even realizing it. Refresh and try again.

Karukku by Bama

This is what drew me to Karukku and this is why the book will stay with me. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days. I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously.

Ambedkar till in their 20s. Later, Bama describes karukuk 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.


The dialect brings in the musical cadences of the language, each inflection and enunciation adding a specific meaning to the writing. Delivery and Returns ni our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I have always loved reading about the emotionally open and evocative relationships that women share with themselves, their bodies, their several identities. Salty About Rajma Chawal: Bqma, both Valmiki and Bama do not seem to have heard of or read about Dr. Retrieved from ” https: Baama unnamed narrator a Dalit-Christian-Woman paints her painful and unsettling experience in various vignettes, written with charm, clarity and oodles of compassion.

Her illustration of culture within Christian convents is shocking. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It efficiently conveys the inner trauma of her being, her state of mind, feelings, and emotions. Audible Download Audio Books. Envlish fact that she is a Christian does nothing for the author – she is still an untouchable, the lowest among the low.

She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and kqrukku given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India.