Ebook ➦ Climbing the Stairs Autore Padma Venkatraman – Vehikool.co.uk

Climbing the Stairs I shared the book with my mother Usha and my daughter Arathi All three of us found the plot very engaging and could not put the book down till we finished it Each of us could identify with Vidya in different ways The author s narration is so vivid and spontaneous that the characters come to life The experience of growing up in a joint family is described most realistically It brought back memories, good and not so good, of summer vacations when a whole host of cousins, uncles, aunts would descend on us The covert hierarchy that exists in extended Indian families is also portrayed very well In my own family, the successful and prosperous members were accorded respect and treated better than the others They also tended to be about as nasty as Vidya s periamma.I look forward to reading books by Padma. Vidya is an Indian girl in the 1940 s with a close knit family Vidya s father is a doctor and she has a mother and a brother It is during a march when her father helps a woman who has been thrashed by the British soldiers that he is in turn, viciously beaten and is no longer a vibrant doctor but dependent on his family for his every need Vidya s family must go live with her father s family, work long hours and endure insults and slurs Vidya once wanted to attend school and even though this seems impossible now, she longs to get an education, which leads her to get permission from her grandfather to climb the stairs and spend time reading in the library Vidya also brings her baby neice while she pores over the many wonderful books She also meets Raman who seems to like the same books and leads to many long conversations Her brother decides to go into the army and fight and is banished from his grandfather s home Vidya can t understand why he is forsaking her and the family Will Vidya be able to hold onto her dream of becoming educated and bettering the world like her father, or will she be married off in an arranged marriage This book turned out to be better than I expected I enjoyed the main character young adult telling a historic and personal story For Americans an understanding of India s World War 2 time period is not often heard The book blends well the Hindu culture and problems of extended family, a young adult maturing,the freedom fight, the British, the tragedy of her father and to make an interesting tale Vidya s refuge in the library as well her personal struggles are touching Plus her connection to Raman develops in a very satisfying manner Good read. I teach at an American curriculum high school in Cairo, Egypt At my school, the 10th grade curriculum for English is geared toward world literature, but when I moved to Egypt I had never taught a course like this Finding materials that were written by authors from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America was very difficult, and importantly, finding texts that teenagers could relate to and critically read was even difficult This text is not only relevant to the Egyptian teenager, but it is relevant to all teenagers and asks the kind of questions that my students ask in there everyday lives It was a pleasure to read as an adult, and the buy in I observed in my classroom was well worth it. Read Padma Venkatraman S Posts On The Penguin BlogFifteen Year Old Vidya Dreams Of Going To College An Unusual Aspiration For A Girl Living In British Occupied India During World War II Then Tragedy Strikes, And Vidya And Her Brother Are Forced To Move Into A Traditional Household With Their Extended Family, Where Women Are Meant To Be Married, Not Educated Breaking The Rules, Vidya Finds Refuge In Her Grandfathers Library But Then Her Brother Does Something Unthinkable, And Vidyas Life Becomes A Whirlwind Of Political And Personal Complications The Question Is, Will She Be Strong Enough To Survive Watch A Video

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