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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Karruku is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author. Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic ,arukku. Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. Bama had her early education in her village.

Apr 06, Amrita rated it it was amazing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the people around her. Surabhi Chatrapathy rated it liked it Apr 08, This is the first autobiographical book for reviewing feels very wrong. She is a person of such ferocious integrity.

A short and a gripping read! 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.

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Bama is the pen name of a Dalit Christian, abma 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 po I have recently decided to read more of Indian literature, and subaltern literature in particular.


And I wonder if caste has seeped in much deeper than we realise. 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.

Bama (writer)

She describes a karykku party that she did not attend because she could not afford to buy a new saree, hiding in the bathroom until it was over. Incidentally, both Valmiki and Bama do not seem to have heard of or read about Dr.

Even within the convent the way it is covertly described, it has to be the order of Mother Teresacaste rules the roost and the hierarchy is clearly delineated. Bama is the most celebrated karulku Dalit woman writer. The typical delivery time is 6 weeks.

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.

To tell the truth, this caste consciousness among Christians is quite common. Charles Dickens’s Networks Jonathan H.

I should always stand away to one side. The English translation, first karrukku in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief. The Island of Doctor Moreau H. Periyar Rally In Trichy: I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story.

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Can’t stop thinking about the strength of her writing. When the book is touted as a Dalit feminist writing, that’s probably what I looked for but didn’t find too many instances of. 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.

She is a mathematics teacher by profession, a novelist by passion and an activist by nature. I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

The dialect brings in the musical cadences of the language, each inflection and enunciation adding a specific meaning to the writing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Most of the episodes from her childhood are things I have seen growing up, at my paternal grandparents’. The wide range of emotions she explored, including confusion, shame, guilt, hope, and anger, exposed her as vulnerable.

Karukku answers the famous question karukou the subaltern speak? Karukku is one of the first autobiographies of a Dalit woman written in Tamil. My first encounter with Dalit writing – and it was heartbreaking, baa and powerfully moving. The first autobiography In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable. I have always loved reading about the emotionally open and evocative relationships that women share with themselves, their bodies, their several identities.