Karukku [Bama] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Karukku. 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, . 30 May Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the Dalit writing, Bama, trauma, subaltern, testimonio, witnessing.

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This is what interested me. But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the p Somehow this book didn’t work for me.

Karukku was my healing: Bama Faustina | National Herald

He provides lots of details and names of people around, and his story really starts taking shape as he comes in touch with other Dalit activists. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits face. I salute Bama for her courage in coming out of her suffocating surroundings and speaking out courageously.

But there is also a powerful sense of engagement with history, of change, of changing notions of identity and belonging. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Following this, Karukku came to the attention of a national and then international readership. In her introduction, translator Lakshmi Holmstrom says Karukku means palmyra leaves, that, with their serrated edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords.

Beyond all the oppression and humiliation there is HOPE.


Her narrative is nuanced in exploring her intersecting identities as Dalit and woman in detail. Feb 08, S.

This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so. Lakshmi Holmstrom Books Essays.

He seems to have been overshadowed by Gandhiji during the initial decades of independence. Shafeeq Valanchery rated it liked it Oct 02, Carolyn rated it really liked it Dec 08, This slim book ultimately proved a chore to get through. Just thinking who I should gift this book. 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.

Karukku answers the famous question “Can the subaltern speak? It influenced bamma in many different ways. Many students have used it as research material for a number of different topics. Thomas, almost always from Brahmin families – rarely enter into marriages with “convert” Christians, relatively recent converts from Dalit communities.

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

She describes a college party that she did not attend because she could not afford to buy a new saree, hiding in the bathroom until it was over. Ultimately, Bama decides that enough is enough and gets out.

Chimmamanda Ngozie Adichie who is one of my favourite authors, says in Kadukku Danger of a Single Story, that there is an inherent danger in reducing human beings to just a single story; by doing so we are dehumanising them. Her own life experiences urge her towards actively engaging in alleviating the sufferings of the oppressed. In addition to this she has written twenty short stories. The next year it won the Crossword Award.

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The fact that she is a Christian does nothing bamaa the author – she is still an untouchable, the lowest among the low. Bama’s re-reading and interpretation of the Christian scriptures as an adult enables her to carve out both a social vision and a message of hope for Dalits by emphasizing the revolutionary aspects of Christianity, the values of equality, social justice, and love towards all.

As well as this subversion of received Tamil, all Dalit writing is marked kwrukku certain other characteristics. Anyone interested in Indian dalits ex-untouchables and Christian conversion must read this amazing book.

Karukku was my healing: Bama Faustina

Gandhi alleged that demonetisation was a planned “brutal conspiracy” and a So it was natural for karikku to by this autobiography by Bama, a Tamil Dalit woman while I was in Chennai for three weeks recently.

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