Climbing the Stairs Setting & Symbolism

T. V. Padma
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Bombay.

Bombay is the city in India where Vidya and her family live beforeAappa is injured. Appa owns a private medical practice in the city. Bombay has many areas, some are white only and some allow native Indians to live.

Madras.

Madras is the city where Thatha and the extended family live in the family compound. Madras has many areas. It is the place where Vidya attends school and where she will attend college.

Thatha's Home.

Thatha's home is a compound where the extended family lives. The men in the home live upstairs and the women live downstairs. The men and women sleep in separate communal rooms. Women are not allowed upstairs in the men's area, however, thatha gives Vidya permission to use the library. Thatha's home is run in accordance with traditional Brahmin and Hindu values.

Caste.

The Indian caste system is a way of categorizing people...

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