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30 May Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the Bama’s Karukku appeared in the Tamil version in (English. 1 May So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the. So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a .. This book was first published in Tamil in , but got translated to English by .

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What is demanded of the translator and reader is, in Gayatri Spivak’s terms, a “surrender to the special call of the text. I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way.

More From Outlook Magazine. On the whole, the novel narrates how a dalit woman is exploited based on her caste, gender and class. In Karukku, Bama attempts to provide us a glimpse of her life as a Dalit girl growing up in a village in Tamil Nadu.

Somehow this book didn’t work for me. I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing. Let me begin this review by making a confession. He uses it in the poem Taazhtapattor samattuvapaattu “Song for the equality of the oppressed”. In particular, Bama’s work is autobiographical because it speaks to the predicament of the Dalit, of the untouchable, and how caste marginalization in the village setting serves to silence voice.

Manto And His Revolutionary Writing: What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of. Crossword Book Award for Translation Later, Bama describes her 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.


In the end, Bama makes the only choice possible for her. It is also notable for outlining the experience of Dalit Christians and the same caste discrimination that Dalits face as Hindus, they face as Christians and the casteism that permeates Church institutions. This is what interested me.

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To wish that those friends would read Karukku would be immature and ridiculous; but I do hope, at least once in their life time, they find time to listen intently to what people like Bama have to say! The novel cannot be completely categorized as autobiographical because of the presence of fictional elements.

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It is also in many ways an unusual autobiography. Originally written in Tamil, this translation catapulted this book into international recognition and it has been on read and celebrated, discussed and analyzed in variety of ways.

Ambedkar till in their 20s. In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery.

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And yes, that is how it had to be. The problem I had with the story is the writing. I wish to believe that my first karu,ku is true inspite of enough evidence in favour of the second one.

In her preface, Bama draws attention to the symbol, and refers katukku 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: 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.


A Call from the Civil Society November 1, This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat Cody rated it liked it Oct 25, Bama had her early education in her village.

Preview — Karukku by Bama. And as readers of her work we are asked for nothing less than an imaginative entry into that different world of experience and its political struggle. Archita rated it really liked it Feb 02, The wide range of emotions she explored, including confusion, shame, guilt, hope, and anger, exposed her as vulnerable.

Lakshmi Holmstrom Books Essays. On graduation, she served as a nun for seven years. While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity and privilege, equalising spaces, they are anything but. Susairaj was her father and Sebasthiamma, her mother.

She leaves home to join the convent in her twenties, after working for a few years as a teacher, hoping to contribute to a cause larger than caste, class and identity.