Bama teaches in a primary school in Uthirarmerur near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her pathbreaking childhood memoir Karukku (1992) established her as a distinct voice in Dalit literature. The English translation of Karukku won the Crossword Prize in 2001. Bama is also the author of the widely acclaimed novels Sangati (1994) and Vanmam (2002) and the short story collections Kisumbukkaran (1996) and Oru Tattavum Erumaiyum (2003).Ravi Shanker lives and works in Palakkad, Kerala. He regularly translates from Malayalam and Tamil into English. Also a poet, he has published three collections of poetry: Architecture of Flesh, The Bullet Train and Other Loaded Poems and Kintsugi by Hadni.