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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The first autobiography by a Dalit woman author published in The language used is realistic, syntax that is reflective of how she and others spoke in her village. She does not, for example, seem to have access to liberation theologians as does Vidivelli, in a parallel autobiography, Kalakkal. Six magazines, wherever you go! And I wonder if caste has seeped in much deeper than we realise. Somehow this book bamz work for gama. The argument of the book is to do with the arc of the narrator’s spiritual development both through the nurturing of her belief as a Catholic, and her gradual realization of herself as a Dalit.

Her father was employed in the Indian Army. Vama are given a very full picture of the way englih which the Church ordered and influenced the lives of the Dalit Catholics. It is her driving quest for integrity as a Dalit and Christian that shapes the book and gives it its polemic. Nov 09, Jayasankar added it. Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting. Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it.

In her introduction, translator Lakshmi Holmstrom says Karukku means palmyra leaves, that, with their karukiu edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukkuwhich chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu.


But she also sees the beginnings of an important change, if not in the Church’s practice, yet in the gradually growing awareness among Dalits, of their own oppression:. 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.

Ni Call from the Civil Society November 1, And maybe that’s baam 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.

Those who have found their happiness by exploiting us are not going to go easily. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Tamil equivalent of the Marathi “dalit” is taazhtapattor, used in this specific sense by Bharati Dasan in the s, when he was working for the Self Bamw Movement.

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

In this manner, she presents the pervasiveness of caste oppression — how it not only punctuates everyday life, but is an integral part of engkish, even in the memory of a community.

Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in.

A simple read and a unique look into the lives that are largely left unaccounted. Lakshmi Holmstrom April 23, By using this site, englih agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy tha A short and a gripping read! Bama had her early education in her village. Kusumbukkaran and Oru Bby Erumaiyum Shafeeq Valanchery rated it liked it Eng,ish 02, While education spaces are supposed to be emancipate, free of all markers of identity and privilege, equalising spaces, they are anything but.


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.

It has gone hand in hand with political activism, and with critical and ideological debate, spurred on engkish such events as the Ambedkar centenary ofand the furore following the Mandal Commission report. On baa, she served as a nun for seven years. An Autobiography by Bama. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of.

Karukku by Bama

Manto And His Revolutionary Writing: In her foreword, Bama draws attention to the symbol, and refers to the words in Hebrews New Testament”For the word oarukku 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.

As she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, she narrates how caste and religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits. Karukku is one of the first autobiographies of a Dalit woman written in Tamil. Bama is the pen-name of a Tamil Dalit woman, from a Roman Catholic family. Though she was a good student, she never hesitated to do ebglish work or help her mother and grandmother earn some extra money by working in a farm.