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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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The novel comes across as a testimonio, and kafukku explores the spiritual faith through the channels of education. To ask other readers questions about Karukkuplease sign up. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukkuwhich chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu.

And I wonder if caste has seeped in much deeper than we realise. In Karukku, Bama attempts to provide us a glimpse of her life as a Dalit girl growing up in a village in Tamil Nadu. Maybe I have the wrong expectations, I don’t know.

Kkarukku Skip to main content. She comes across so human in her writing based off the injustices she has felt both as a Dalit and as a woman.

Karukku by Bama

Karukku broke barriers of tradition in more ways than one. Milton Friedman Robert A.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. An Autobiography by Bama. Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy tha A short and a gripping read!


The significance of the novel comes from its social message.

Karukku РBama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmstr̦m, Mini Krishnan РOxford University Press

In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable. Monday, December 31, The dialect brings in the musical cadences of the language, each inflection and enunciation adding a specific meaning to the writing.

The Truth About Fiction: Irrespective of whichever caste you were born into, if you have ever been subjected to feel unworthy of yourself by anybody be it society, government, family or friendsthen you are a Dalit. It was in that Bama left the convent that she had been a member of for seven years.

And maybe that’s because there are so many moments of vulnerability in this book, in those individual chapters, just being able to read it feels like a big deal. While both psychological and physical disabilities are stigmatised by society, here are ten women with disability who kicked ass in I find it extraordinary given the central position Ambedkar holds now in the Dalit activism.

What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of. Devoid of most personal and identifying details of both the author as well as the institutionsthe story chronicles the initial hopes and later disillusionment of the narrator with the casteism she witnessed in Church and other christian institutions.


And this has got nothing to do with the sincerity of the writer, let me assure you at the outset. The unnamed narrator a Dalit-Christian-Woman paints her painful and unsettling experience in various vignettes, written with charm, clarity and oodles of compassion.

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Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy that is enacted in educational institutions.

She does not describe events only in terms of the impact they had on her later life, but writes of the experiences she had as moments of oppression that bamz her daily lived reality.

Dec 18, Vishakh Unnikrishnan rated it it was amazing Shelves: An autobiography by someone ‘untouchable’,actually touch your heart and mind. Apart from her experiences, Bama’s lucid prose makes this book interesting.

The power of her narrative is in that she leaves the question of how women, Dalits, and in particular Dalit women will ever live in an easier world, unanswered.