And it is there where Vidya must face the realities of growing up. At the age of 15, Vidya comes across as part adult and part child. History is so much easier to learn from novels than from textbooks. My post and opinions are my own. But when Vidya's brother decides to fight with the hated British against the Nazis, and when Raman proposes marriage too soon, Vidya must question all she has believed in. I forgive the cousin though. She wants to very literally risk climbing the stairs in the oppressive home and break an unwritten rule in the process but she gets what she asks for.
What an unsympathetic and horrible piece of work! Emidy, I'm sure you will too! And meanwhile, other Indians were joining the British army. What I appreciated the most about the book is that it is truly Indian. Did you love it or were you bothered by anything in or about the book? I think this book is worth reading, even though I would never suggest it to someone looking for a fun, quick, good book to read. We come across a mindset that evaluates a family according to the father's occupation. It's a breeze read that you can't put down at all! The details of life in India at this time and the experiences of women in this particular culture is this book's strength. It also made me aware of how little I really know about Indian culture. Synopsis At a time when the world is at war, 15-year-old Vidya lives a happy life with her family.
I feel like I can really connect with my culture and get a better understanding of it. I would have enjoyed more about the war. Vidya seems to have everything until one rash act brings it all to an end. Her father, however, promises that Vidya will get her wish. In a few minutes, Vidya's life is transformed.
Please keep in mind, this blog has a very narrow focus. There she meets Raman, a young man also living in the house who relishes her intellectual curiosity. It is a good role model for girls today. An unexpected friendship with Raman. I feel those three characters did not receive enough mentioning and development in the book, but I enjoyed them nonetheless.
I loved that part and Thata as well. All day, I looked forward to the happy hours I spent in that beautiful room. She provides keynote addresses and commencement speeches, travels to international author festivals, serves on panels, does author visits and conducts workshops. This story has a tender and realistic climax; I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in reading about a young woman from a somewhat vintage society; how she was able to cope and succeed while remaining true to her convictions. It also made me aware of how little I really know about Indian culture. Also, the extent to which the women must serve the men and that they do not directly speak with one another, or at least not regularly. I love the genre of historical fiction so the book was a perfect fit for me.
Despite these shortcomings, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in in Indian history. Traditional homes duly gear up for the festivities every month, and once that month's celebrations were over, they start preparing for the next festival. Instead, it shows that the best of both could be part of Indian life. . Just moments ago, her father promised her proudly that he would send her to college. A remarkable debut novel set in India that shows one girl's struggle for independence.
People often ask, 'What should I read next? Her brother, Kitta, must weigh the path of nonviolent resistance to British rule against the need to support the British effort to win the war. I've never heard of this book before, but you make it sound excellent! Padma Venkatraman has woven a masterful novel, with very vivid characters, realistic actions and believable situations. The second half of Climbing the Stairs is a poignant description of life in a traditional Indian household. The first quarter of the book reveals Vidya's life in Bombay with her parents, her brother, Kitta and her dog, Raja. You'll find a good variety of lists and topics under the headings.
From a young age, women are taught to cook, clean and serve men so one day they can be pledged in marriage to a man of the family's choosing. Let me just say I have never been so angry and upset about the antagonists in a story before. Vidya's father, Venkat, being a doctor would attend the peaceful protest marches to help those who were being beaten by the police. I found it very interesting to read about a completely new point of view during such a troubling time in the world's history. And Raman, the young man who is not entirely incapable of accepting new ideas.
However, I did like that the book offered me a perspective on the Indian culture that I had never considered before. Books written by Desi people which focus on addressing issues preva Climbing the Stairs was amazing and wonderfully written. I look forward to learning more about it. The author grew up in India which was an oppressive society for women with gender inequality. Vidya worried so much because within the Indian culture women are too marry and not educate themselves. The general history of India and their treatment by the British is also wove into the story, along with the normal World War ll concerns about Germany and Japan. She is to young women what Gandhi was for India, courage and hope.
Before I start this review, I do have to say that I have met the author, and like her very much, but have tried to make this review fair and unbiased. I found myself relating to her wishes to continue to study and attend college. Title: Author: Padma Venkatraman First Published: May 2008 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Source: Library Thank you for recommending me this book! That it is their duty to serve men. I have always been fascinated by Indian cultures, beliefs, religions, etc. Jen, you should read this, and let me know what you think of it! Please note that the tricks or techniques listed in this pdf are either fictional or claimed to work by its creator.