Sufiah’s story seems to have been the inspiration for Nikita Lalwani’s first novel, “ Gifted.” Here the driven father, Mahesh, is a mathematician. The over-arching theme of this first novel by Nikita Lalwani, who was born in India but raised in Wales, is about families and what they do to. Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school with the boy .

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As a parent and school district employee, I was constantly questioning my tactics in making the kids do their work. A novel about a gifted girl with driven parents. We thought it was an entirely normal pursuit. It is this tension between competing versions of freedom that is explored in Nikita Lalwani’s nnikita rite-of-passage novel. There are no late realizations about being open to their daughter’s feelings or turning a new leaf and finally being la,wani as a happy family.

Gifted was a tad bit more literary than what I’d been hoping for. Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment. Rumi’s daily life from the young age of 5 is not unlike a bootcamp. But certainly not funny.

Torn between pleasing her parents and nurturing her soul, she falls giftedd a series of bizarre tics and self-destructive habits, lalwqni of distress that someone would have noticed if everyone around her wasn’t so impressed by her mathematical prowess. Did the Booker Jury recognize this book as something special because it was about Indians and not Caucasians? Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction.


Rumi’s mother Shreene feels ever more distanced from her daughter as Rumi is forced to study the prison-like regime reminding Shreene of a similar one enforced when the newly married couple first immigrated and the only way she can relate to her daughter is by repeating the trite Indian sayings that peppered her own upbringing and for which she finds poor English translations.


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. Mahesh loves his daughter and tries to impose his own ambition and hard work mantras on his young daughter who is bright enough and ready to please. The trouble is, her father doesn’t know, or care, what the difference is.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you offend easily, as I suppose I do, I don’t really recommend it. In fact, it reminded me of a psychological case study rather than a story. Where most of us look at the world and select words to describe it, she looks at patterns and ascribes numbers to it.

Gifted Reader’s Guide

She cannot leave the room except to use the restroom. I could hardly stand this book.

Well done, too, is Rumi’s warm relationship with India. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But now that I’ve read it, I really loved it. Rumi is the first-born child of Indian immigrants in Cardiff, Wales. But Lalwani does a number of things extremely well here. Having gone to Oxford to study medicine, how did you come to be a writer? Rumi experiences freedom there on many levels as a child—freedom from academic rigor and playground politics, but also a sense of place and belonging.

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I truly hated the ending because of the implied reconciliation between Rumi and her mother. She won’t let us settle back in comfortable judgment on this family. The story keeps you riveted and at a pointI really wanted poor Rumi to have someone in her life who would allow her to live and love and be herself.

Feb 09, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Pulling different faces and adopting a variety of voices, she uses the foulest language she knows and does it out loud. In the end, the intense expectations of a family with everything to prove will be a combustible ingredient as an intelligent but naive girl is thrust into the adult world before she has time to grow up.


She wa I read this book quickly but found myself thinly satisfied at the end. And so he puts her through a Spartan mathematical training regimen that would put every Tiger Mother to shame, demonstrating the superiority of Hindu wisdom against Western decadence. Rumi je bila emocionalno zlostavljana. Her weekends are “timetabled to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano.

Early in the book, when Rumi is only 5, her teacher insists on visiting her parents at home to announce the exciting news that “Rumi is a gifted mathematician! Stay in Touch Sign up. I was expecting something completely different from what the book was actually about. Dec 13, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen: I appreciated that none of the deeply flawed main characters was portrayed a villain, and, in particular, how well the author captured Rumi’s growing bafflement and chaotic inner experience.

Who are your favorite authors, and why? Nikita has captured the Indian family of the 80’s very well.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

The ending felt like it had been amputated and a summary had be stapled giftex the bleeding stump and honestly, I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that the last few pages never happened. Also by Nikita Lalwani. I had read promising reviews and the premise sounded – and is – interesting.

To some extent, Gifted reminds me of Josiah Bunting’s All Loves Excellinga melodramatic tale about a girl who works herself to death lqlwani a prestigious prep school. This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi.