March 25, 2019

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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This is the story of a Tamil Dalit Christian Women! Karulku must not accept the injustice of our enslavement by telling ourselves it is our fate, as if we have no true feelings; we must dare to stand up for change. It is also important to understand that Karukku is the child of Ambedkar Centenary.

Bama (writer)

Maybe I have the wrong expectations, I don’t know. Karukku by B. Mark to heal her wounds and the pain of her major decision to leave the convent.

Autobiography was not a flourishing genre in Tamil, as in the case of Marathi Dalit writing of that time. C rated it really liked baa Shelves: Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. Bama attributes education as the absolute reason for all her achievements in life and emphasises that only through education a change can happen.

Karukku by Bama

Sadly most of the oppression related in the novel is still relevant. Lists with This Book.


Karukku answers the famous question “Can the subaltern speak? The Island of Doctor Moreau H. She is a mathematics teacher by profession, a novelist by passion and an activist by nature. The fact that she is a Christian does nothing for the author – she is still an untouchable, the lowest among the low.

January 06, 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.

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

They portray caste-discrimination practised in Christianity and Hinduism. Of course, the youth of Kandampatti laboured to change that opinion by reading aloud the text to kagukku villagers. For him, who is an avid reader, interested in history, literature and politics since childhood, it took years to chance upon this book.

Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. Jan 31, Mathangi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It was the story of a community. Sorry, your blog cannot share oarukku by email.

Anukriti rated it liked it Sep 13, Bama got a loan and set hama a school for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. 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.


The life she led and the values she believes in. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. Bama is the pen name of a Dalit Christian, a 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 poison of caste.

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Open Preview See a Problem? In the end, she writes about life after leaving the nunnery. Karukku reads as a serrating monologue, Bama packs a vicious punch in this svelte autobiographical novel.