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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikita Lalwani Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rumi Vasi, the daughter of two Indian émigrés, has a gift for numbers. Her father, a self-made mathematics professor, believes that strict discipline is the key to nurturing her genius if the family has any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country. Between her father's ever more regimented study schedules, and her mother's conservative beliefs about mingling with the opposite sex, Rumi has never had a chance to adapt socially.

As her parents launch an increasingly intense campaign to make Rumi the youngest student ever to attend Oxford University, Rumi's mind drifts to other potent distractions, from music to love. Her family's fierce expectations of her will prove a combustible formula as Rumi is thrust into the adult world before she has had time to grow up.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/3/2014

    " It was ok. Lots of potential in the topic, and some interesting details here and there, but ultimately disappointing in both the problem and its resolution. Not a memorable book or one I'd especially recommend, unless you're especially interested in novels of immigrant experience. The gifted child aspect (which was what drew me to the novel) was unconvincingly portrayed, and rather diminished by the novel's focus on overbearing parenting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " I can see why this book was longlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007 - its a well-known story of how Indian children are pushed by their parents into a pre-determined mould to excel at non-arts related subjects so that they can supposedly inherit the world when they come of age. The urge to rebel against this mould always simmers underneath, as we see in the mathematically gifted Rumi, daughter of Indian parents living in Cardiff in the 80s. Every Indian child will be able to relate to some if not all of the experiences Rumi undergoes - the book can be enjoyed for that reason if no other. Its well-written enough but I can't help feeling that the UK market still has lots of potential for similarly themed books from Indian writers, if not the Indian market itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauren | 1/31/2014

    " Kind of a Hindu Bee Season with Indian immigrants in Wales and maths instead of spelling. It is one angry novel that just explodes at the end but the characterizations are too thin and transitions too rough to make this story truly affecting. Also, very poorly edited which is a pet peeve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carmen Li | 1/23/2014

    " Rumi is an Indian girl who grows up around strict parents in the UK. She is influenced by English ways and slowly becomes more and more disobedient and daring. I think that she is like this because if she grows up with the little freedom that she is allowed, it will turn her to be a rebellious child who is desperate for freedom. Overall, I think that this is a really good book that tells the story of how a girl is influenced to do what she does because of her parent's beliefs. "

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