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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Even leaving the convent proved a Herculean task as she was constantly stopped by the more senior nuns. That karrukku was written as a means of healing my inward wounds; I had no other motive. She has published three main works: A raw account of life as a Dalit Chiristian and the oppression that ensues. Its nuance is incredible, as she describes not only her experiences as Dalit and a woman, but also the loneliness of her everyday life.
Anyone interested in Indian dalits ex-untouchables and Christian conversion must read this amazing book. Now 25 years have iarukku.
I often felt pained and ashamed. Books like this should be read and taught because they impart a deeper understanding and could make us more karikku and humane. She recalls how she was treated differently vama others as a Dalit woman and admonished harshly every time she tried to stand up for herself, think for herself or speak on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve.
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 Respect Movement. Karruku is a poignant subaltern novel that speaks of the childhood experiences of the author. The tension throughout Karukku is between the self and the community: Those who have found their happiness by exploiting us are not going to go easily.
I found her life inspiring and it was very well documented.
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: After that, I wrote the book, Karukku. It is we who have to place them where they belong and bring about a changed and just society where all are equal. Karakku also, by using an informal speech style which addresses the reader intimately, shares with the reader the author’s predicament as Dalit and Christian directly, demystifying the theological argument, and making her choice rather, a matter of conscience.
Karukku was my healing: Bama Faustina
There is a new strength within them, urging them to reclaim that likeness which has been repressed, ruined and obliterated; and to begin to live with honour and respect and love of all humankind. Bama had her early education in her village.
It was an experience reading this. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukkuwhich chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu. I must conclude bxma commenting briefly on Bama’s use of language.
But most of the book feels like one big rant on social ,arukku with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the p Somehow this book didn’t work for me. The feedbacks I received for Karukku both positive and negative enabled me to grow and helped me to write my other novels Sangathi, Vanmam and Manushi and many short stories. She writes of the oppression she faced within the convent to practice her religion and abma life in a particular manner. To tell the truth, this caste consciousness among Christians is quite common.
It is also important to note that Bama consistently uses the language of popular Catholicism, eschewing very largely, the terminology of theologians.
In India, the Hindu right wing is hounding writer Ramachandra Guha calling him Bama also speaks of the humiliation she experienced in high school, being Dalit and poorer than her classmates.
We are given a very full picture of the way in which the Church ordered and influenced the lives of the Dalit Catholics. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.
I find it extraordinary given the central position Ambedkar holds now in the Dalit activism. Aparna Sairamesh rated it it was amazing Oct 03, This is certainly not comfortable reading for anyone. He opined that this could be a reflection of the pathetic state of affairs kafukku Dalits and anything concerned with them in our country, whether it is Dalit literature or Dalit art forms.
During these 25 years, Karukku has journeyed widely. The wide range of emotions she explored, including confusion, shame, guilt, hope, and anger, exposed her as vulnerable. The structure is also a mess, with the story switching back and forth in time without proper transition rather akin kqrukku too many jump cuts within a movie.
Karukku is an elegy to the community Bama grew up in. Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? It is her driving quest for integrity as a Dalit and Christian that shapes the book and gives it its polemic.
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It eschews the “confessional” mode, leaving out many personal details. Even among the students, the rich and pedigreed are preferred to the poor and needy.
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Karukku answers the famous question iarukku the subaltern speak? Play Store and App Store. The story of that conflict and its resolution forms the core of Karukku.
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