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In the eye of a storm: Over three decades ago, when she consigned herself to the nunnery, life seemed to have made a beautiful promise to Sister Jesme. Barely 17, she was convinced that her path was serving her Master as his bride. Today, Sister Jesme now 53 lives in a small flat in Kozhikode outside the walls of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, her abode from the s to mid She is an outcast from the church now due to her refusal to bow to set norms and never failing to ask why.

After living in hiding for a while, she resolved to pick up the pen.

The result was a Malayalam book that came out earlier this year and is now considered heretical or an eye-opener depending on the reader’s perspective.


The English version Amen: The Autobiography of a Nunpublished by Penguin India, recently hit the stands. In a telephone conversation, Sister Jesme is bright and breezy. Considering I served the Congregation for so long, it didn’t give even a penny for my survival. But miraculously, just then I started getting my pension from the Government. A month before, the pension money would have been the Congregation’s.

Sister Jesme, a Masters in English Literature, taught in educational institutes run by the Congregation across Kerala, her last posting being Principal of the prestigious Amala College in Kerala. Amen is just pages but what hits you is the frankness and sincerity of narration. At times, the reader may get tired of one detailed episode after another, but finally comes a realisation that each episode is a bead in a chain of events that finally prompted her to step out of the grey habit.

The victim has no succour. Homosexuality seems to be a bane many young girls have to silently endure at the nunnery. Sister Jesme suffered it too. Yet another taboo she talks about is how a few church fathers force themselves sexually on nuns.

She plucks out an episode from her life as an example.

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Above all, the book brings to fore an important point of gender inequality. While a nun has to wear only her habit, a father can choose to dress the way he likes.


While a nun can’t marry, a father vy. With the Congregation not ready to answer her searching questions, Sister Jesme had to make a break. Appointments with various doctors were being fixed. What hurt most was the church calling me a sex worker.

Those photographs were flashed in the local media. Fearing attack by fanatics, my friends and students brought salwar kameezes for me to wear.

Amen: The autobiography of a nun

I couldn’t go out of my place of hiding for sometime. But now Sister Jesme thinks Jesus chose her to do the needful. He chose me to let the world know the truth. I hope there will be a change for better.

I also wanted to show that my love for Jesus has not dwindled even after so much suffering. Books, wanted it in Malayalam. Printable version Dec 31, November 14, Sister Jesme on why she wrote sistter controversial book Amen. Gender inequality Above all, the book brings to fore an important point of gender inequality.

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