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Padma Venkatraman, author, ‘Climbing The Stairs’

October 23, 2009

Padma Venkatraman has been chief scientist on scientific cruises at the Institute of Meereskunde in Kiel (Germany), a postdoctoral researcher at the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and director of a school in England.

She is the author of Climbing the Stairs (published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin). Set in India in the 1940’s, Climbing the Stairs is the story of Vidya. Vidya’s struggle for personal freedom plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the nonviolent Indian independence movement led by Gandhi.

Padma is currently Director of Graduate Diversity Affairs at the University of Rhode Island as well as Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of Oceanography. Her second novel, Island’s End, is forthcoming from Penguin.

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