Bama (born ), also known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj, is a Tamil, Dalit feminist, committed teacher and novelist. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukku (), which for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Bama’s Karukku has been translated to English and Kusumbukkaran and Sangati to French. Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the generic conventions Bama’s Karukku appeared in the Tamil version in (English. 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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Baja when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable. I’ve heard of them from my father, so it probably wasn’t as shocking to me as it might be to folks not exposed to the specifics of the caste system in Tamil Nadu.

The bzma itself was very lacklustre lost in translation? Can’t stop thinking about the enblish of her writing. I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story. Feb 28, Supriya rated it did not like it. I find it extraordinary given the central abma Ambedkar holds now in the Dalit activism. 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.

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. Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer.

Karukku by Bama

She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India.

Empowered Women In Bollywood of Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. See all free Kindle reading apps. The living condition of the Parayas, as Bama describes it, is pitiful; and the way they are abused by everyone up on the caste ladder they happen to be on the lowest rung with even the police colluding is horrific.


I really enjoyed Bama’s writing. Visit our Help Pages. Was it entirely my fault that I did not stumble upon her Let me begin this review by making a confession. The first autobiography by a Dalit woman writer and a classic of subaltern writing, it is a bold and poignant tale of life outside mainstream Indian thought and function. It is interesting to note the contrast with Omprakash Valmiki here.

The book is written in a very specific dialect Southern Tamil which definitely looses at least some of the lyricality and the rhythms in translation and may appear redundant to some. 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.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Bama remembers their games as children where they did role play as upper caste men insulting Dalits or as men who went for work and came home to beat their wives up! It’s a ridiculous book where Bama cries and whines from starting to end.

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. 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!

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Excellent experience reading this book. When I Hid My Caste: Retrieved from ” https: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 06, Preeti Ramaraj rated it really liked it.

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. She opens up about the discrimination she and her community faced, the difficulties and sufferings they had to go through in order to survive and the obstacles they had to face on their way to progress.


Bama (writer)

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Karukku is one of the first autobiographies of a Dalit woman written in Tamil.

She writes of the oppression she engllsh within the convent to practice her religion and daily life in a particular manner. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

About the Author Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. Karukiu short and a gripping read! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Classic Horror Stories H.

Her narrative is nuanced in exploring her intersecting identities as Dalit and woman in detail. This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so. Nick O’C rated it really liked it Feb 04, Just thinking who I should gift this book. For making such observations, Bama was ostracised by her own people who took time to realise that she was working for their common good. The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief.

And as with most translated books, I don’t know if it was the prose itself or the translation. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Chimmamanda Ngozie Adichie who is one of my favourite authors, says in The 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.

When the book is touted as a Dalit feminist writing, that’s probably what I looked for but didn’t find too many instances of.