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Climbing the Stairs Summary
T. V. Padma

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Fifteen-year-old Vidya is coming of age during a time of political upheaval in the British colony of India. The youngest daughter of a Brahmin family, Vidya and her brother, Kitta, are brought up with a mixture of modern values and Hindu philosophical thought. Caught between the Indian non-violent push for independence and the violence of World War II, Vidya and her family must search for their place in a quickly changing world.

Vidya and her family must move in to her grandfather's home, with their extended family, after her father becomes brain damaged after a beating. There are different hierarchies in the home. Rules for how men and women interact with each other and rules for how women should behave. Vidya, like her father, believes in the nonviolence taught by Indian leaders like Gandhiji (Gandhi), but her brother decides to join the Indian British army and help the...

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