So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember. This essay argues that Dalit autobiographies must be treated as testimonio, atrocity narratives that document trauma and strategies of survival. Using Bama’s . 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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Mangai January 06, Rajkumar, the powerful Dalit poet, has an answer in this poem translated by Azhagarasan: 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 reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel. Bama is unabashed with her admissions and her random musing in her writing.

She opens up about the discrimination she and her community faced, the difficulties and sufferings they had to go through in order to survive and the obstacles they had to face on their ny to progress.

The Island of Doctor Moreau H. Kusumbukkaran and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum The same oppression that Bama faced outside, she faced in school and college, making it all even harder to pursue an education she could barely afford and that she had to fight hard for as a woman. The 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.


Milton Friedman Robert A. For her it was pages written in a notebook given by Fr. An autobiography by someone ‘untouchable’,actually touch your heart and mind.

C rated it really liked it Shelves: Carolyn rated it really liked it Dec 08, 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. This is what interested me.

It had the quality of an kzrukku narrative.

Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press

Susairaj was her father and Sebasthiamma, her mother. Karukku by Bama. 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. Karukku is on the literature syllabi of many colleges and universities across the world today.

In Karukku, Bama vama to provide us a glimpse of her life as a Dalit girl growing up in a village in Tamil Nadu.

Karukku by Bama

Preview — Karukku by Bama. Bama attributes education baama the absolute reason for all her achievements in life and emphasises that only through education a change can happen. After serving as a nun for seven years, Bama left the convent and began writing.


Cody rated it liked it Oct 25, Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in. But, in general, what put me off was this feeling of hypocrisy on the author’s part about caste discrimination – she tells us how her Paraya community was discriminated against but the tone she uses with the communities that are even lower on the caste hierarchy gypsies, for example was quite discriminatory and stereotypical too.

Thomas, almost always from Brahmin families – rarely enter into marriages with “convert” Christians, relatively recent converts from Dalit communities.

Beyond all the oppression and humiliation there karukju HOPE. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist.

Twenty-five years of Bama’s Karukku

I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously. In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery. It is 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.

This slim book ultimately proved a chore to get through.