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If you are interested in hearing more about
Climbing the Stairs, you may wish to follow The Blog Tour I did soon after my book was released.

First, I visited some friends' and other authors' blogs:

May 22, 2008 - I stopped by
Saffron Tree to talk about historical themes in the book, writing and publishing.

May 22, 2008 - I was invited by author
Olugbemisola Perkovich to talk about exploring issues of faith, culture, colonization, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

May 24, 2008 - I talked about travel, living in different Indian cities and different countries, and how all of this has influenced my writing on
Sujatha's Blogpourri.

May 25, 2008 - I stopped by the
Desi Momz Club to talk about being a mom and finding time to write.

May 25, 2008 - Author
Laura Purdie Salas invited me to talk about doing research for historical fiction.

May 27, 2008 - I was invited to talk about weaving together the different threads of the book at
The Five Randoms blogsite.

May 28, 2008 - Author
Greg Fishbone invited me to talk about the book and, among other things, oceanography and spending my 21st birthday aboard a research vessel.

May 29, 2008 - Author
Carrie Jones asked me, "What exactly is that dot on the forehead?" and other questions about Indian culture and history.

May 30, 2008 - And for the finale, author
Mitali Perkins invited me to talk about moving to America, becoming an American, and multicultural writing.

Later, I did some blogging for my publisher, Penguin Group:

June 2, 2008 -
Dotting Foreheads and Wrapping Saris

June 3, 2008 -
Climbing the Stairs: From Science to Writing

June 4, 2008 -
Seven Secrets of the Writer’s Life

June 5, 2008 -
Sailing On to Island’s End
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“After reading this fine, often heart-breaking novel, I noticed that it’s for “young adults”. Well, I’m a 'youngish adult,' and I loved it.”

Sam Coale, The Providence Journal

“Sam Coale is a Wheaton professor,
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Well, in spirit, certainly.

Editor, Arts Section,
The Providence Sunday Journal
“Padma Venkatraman artfully weaves the large issues of freedom (and the vigilance it requires), monotheism, gender, self-possession, pacifism, and the deep well of literacy into a charged narrative of a young woman's coming to terms with her changing world and her distinct inner laws. The novel takes place in the early years of WWII when Japan was pressing India. A terrific book for anyone …”
Scott Hightower, author of Natural Trouble (amazon.com reader reviews)
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