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For first-generation immigrants, whose own dreams and aspirations were often thwarted by the cold reality of racism, it represented the means by which their children would be able to deflect discrimination and do their parents proud. This interpretation of the value of education - particularly prevalent among the Indian diaspora - understands that it can bring freedom but also imagines that freedom can remain firmly leashed to family expectations. Rumi is 10 years, two months, 13 days, two hours, 42 minutes and six seconds old. Since the age of five she has lived with the knowledge that she is gifted, a mathematics prodigy for whom the secret world of numbers offers a reassuring solidity amid the uncertainties that scar her childhood. Her Indian family are avowedly and unashamedly aspiring: her father Mahesh, a mathematician, encourages his wife Shreene to visit the local library, and chooses to speak to his family in English. It is refreshing to read about an Asian father who is not an autocratic, woman-hating brute, who takes pride in not belonging to the uneducated hordes who left the villages of Pakistan, "seeping into the dark spaces of Britain

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For first-generation immigrants, whose own dreams and aspirations were often thwarted by the cold reality of racism, it represented the means by which their children would be able to deflect discrimination and do their parents proud. This interpretation of the value of education - particularly prevalent among the Indian diaspora - understands that it can bring freedom but also imagines that freedom can remain firmly leashed to family expectations. Rumi is 10 years, two months, 13 days, two hours, 42 minutes and six seconds old.

Since the age of five she has lived with the knowledge that she is gifted, a mathematics prodigy for whom the secret world of numbers offers a reassuring solidity amid the uncertainties that scar her childhood.

Her Indian family are avowedly and unashamedly aspiring: her father Mahesh, a mathematician, encourages his wife Shreene to visit the local library, and chooses to speak to his family in English. It is refreshing to read about an Asian father who is not an autocratic, woman-hating brute, who takes pride in not belonging to the uneducated hordes who left the villages of Pakistan, "seeping into the dark spaces of Britain In the library, when her father assumes she is studying equations, she is in fact reading fiction, her mind filled with longing and loneliness.

The generational clash between Rumi and her parents - captured with precision and empathy - derives from the fact that her ethnicity and her genius make her special and therefore she stands out, yet she wants to be just like everyone else.

Mahesh is driven by ambition for his daughter and deludes himself that by immersing her in equations he can preserve her from the temptations of the outside world. Meanwhile, Shreene believes that no gift for maths, no love of stories will save her daughter from the life that all young Asian girls are expected to follow. In one beautifully described scene that takes place on her first day at university, Rumi stares at herself in the mirror and begins to curse. Pulling different faces and adopting a variety of voices, she uses the foulest language she knows and does it out loud.

Because she can. In its broad contours, it echoes events in the real world, notably the story of Sufiah Yusof, a maths prodigy who began her studies at Oxford when She disappeared in , blaming her parents for placing too much pressure on her and for "15 years of physical and emotional abuse", and was eventually found by the police in Bournemouth after a nationwide hunt.

The tragedy of child prodigies such as Sufiah and Rumi is that in pushing them towards education, their parents also pushed them away from them.

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Shelves: fiction , science , culture-and-traditions Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. Rumi knows how old she is too. However, she knows her age down to the seconds. She is a mathematical genius. Her first day in school, her teacher asks to meet her parents. Her father, an Indian emigree, thoroughly endorses strict discipline for bringing her genius to total fruition.

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