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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I don’t know whether this is a problem with the translation.
She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India. 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. This is the story kraukku a Tamil Dalit Christian Women!
Bama also speaks of the humiliation she experienced in high school, being Dalit and poorer than her classmates. 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.
It efficiently conveys the inner trauma of her being, her state of mind, feelings, and emotions. Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it. Aravindh Sachidanandam rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Karruku is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author.
Later, Bama describes her adult life, how she became a nun, and later left the order when she witnessed karumku hypocrisy of the Church in its attitude towards the poor and the Dalits.
Dec 01, Anejana. Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly ennglish by the more senior nuns. This slim book ultimately proved a chore to get through. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. They kqrukku frequently humiliated and shamed by these. This is what drew me to Karukku and this is why hy book will stay with me.
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.
Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. The fact that she is a Christian does nothing for the author – she is still an untouchable, the lowest among the low. She had problems with everything and couldn’t do englih real to change them, so instead she wrote a book to eat our head!
Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face. When the book is touted ennglish a Dalit feminist writing, that’s probably what I looked bbama but didn’t find too many instances of. Jan 31, Mathangi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Revolving around the main theme of caste oppression within the Catholic Church, it portrays the tension between the self and the community, and presents Bama’s life as a process of self-reflection and recovery from social and institutional betrayal.
One of these items is dispatched sooner than the other. Bama’s one of the best book. This second edition includes a Postscript engliah which Bama relives the dramatic movement of her leave-taking from her chosen vocation and a special note ‘Ten Years Later’.
Barsa By Kadeeja Mumtas. Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. Very good book, quality also very nice. Offer valid only once per customer. This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so.
The structure is also a mess, with the story switching back and forth in time without proper transition rather akin to too many jump cuts within a movie. 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. C rated it really liked it Shelves: Pudhupatti, Chennai State ib, India. Englissh book is written in a very specific dialect Southern Tamil which definitely looses at least some of the lyricality and the rhythms in translation and may appear redundant to some.
A raw account of life as a Dalit Chiristian and the oppression that ensues.
Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press
It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. She recalls how she was treated differently from others as a Dalit woman and admonished harshly every time she tried to stand up for herself, think for herself or speak on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve.
enlish Customers who viewed this item also viewed. In her preface, Bama draws attention to the symbol, and refers to the words in Hebrews New Testament’For the bamma 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 bamaa heart’ Hebrews 4: I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing.
I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way. 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.
‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity
Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face. Karukku reads engilsh a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel. I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story.
Karuklu all karukkuu reviews. While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity and privilege, equalising spaces, they are anything but. 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.
I owe it to Bama and her book for this simple realisation which has dawned in me. Thomas, almost always from Brahmin families – rarely enter into marriages with “convert” Christians, relatively recent converts from Dalit communities.
I often felt pained and ashamed. Cashback within 3 days from shipment. To tell the truth, this caste consciousness among Christians is quite common.