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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Gifted Reader’s Guide

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

She taught that we can trust children’s own inner wisdom to guide them through “sensitive periods,” when they’re ready to learn, and our job as adults is simply to provide an enriched environment, and encouragement, so lalani can unfold at their own speed. Jan 12, Jade Crowell rated it really liked it. As the well-heeled and the big-brained dive back into schoolwork this month, I wish they and especially their parents would take a break to read this arresting new novel by The day before school lalsani this year, my wife received an e-mail from a student enrolled in her English class.

Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction. Gradually, however, as she grows older, she not surprisingly begins to rebel more and more against their restrictions.

Having always found the “gifted” label laughably imprecise and vaguely eugenic, I was immediately in Mahesh’s camp, but what follows is the story of his disastrous attempt to make Rumi reach her potential.


The end is also left open without any conclusion Refresh and try again. gfted

See all books by Nikita Lalwani. Also, I sure wouldn’t hand a year-old a book with the “c” word in it With this book especially, I think there are themes that are very adult, and I’m not sure how interesting it would be to that audience.

Rumi, daughter of Indian immigrants in s Wales, is a gifted child.

Freedom by numbers

The same life that the immigrant generation craved for and is deprived of, the next generation breathes and lives in I quite enjoyed this novel and found all the characters quite believable as well as likable “in their own way” so to speak. Above all, gifteed has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliot Gifted recently received the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Chair of Judges said: So much so I thought she would commit suicide.

Rumi was well developed, but her character goes from being interesting to a total loser and I’m not sure what kind of redemption I could hardly stand this book. Gifted is a book of extraordinary range; it is touching, tender, funny and at the same time truly compelling.

The evident struggle of the attempt to bring them back to culture and roots by their families is inkita captured by the nikiga.

Her parents begin an intense regimen for their daughter with the ultimate goal for her to be the youngest student ever to go to Oxford University. May 16, Samiksha rated it liked it. The themes are far more interesting to me as a parent than they would have been to me as a teen. She’s not gotten used to the smugness of her white colleagues, the horrible food, the casual sex.

It was a great eye opener to see life through a gifted child. But as Rumi grows older, Lalwani strips the comedy away, and “the sodden misery of the whole thing” weighs on the novel more and more.


We thought it was an entirely normal pursuit. Since the age of five she has lived with the knowledge that she is gifted, a gited prodigy for whom the secret world of numbers offers a reassuring solidity amid the uncertainties that scar her childhood. Not to be missed. As a child, India was very much part of my identity at school as well as at home.

To see what your friends lalwami of giftd book, please sign up. Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it. Having gone to Oxford to study medicine, how did you come to be a writer? An Indian academic immigrant to England has a daughter gifted in mathematics. Rumi longs to be in India, where lots of girls are good at math and where she feels at home among her extended family. Preview — Gifted by Nikita Lalwani.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

Rumi’s parents are Indian immigrants, and their isolation from the society around them particularly her father’s almost neurotic mistrust and need to prove himself contribute to the tense atmosphere and obsession with academic success. Sherene resents being in Wales and softens the parenting though she is bewildered by the conflict between preser “Gifted” makes the reader think about what it means to be an immigrant in Wales – nikits India, mixing in the society and rejected by it and striving to do super well.

Her gift for mathematics causes Rumi to often feel isolated from her fellow students.