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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It’s not something to wait for. Rumi’s character and internal life were flat and undeveloped; the author attempted but fell short of her target. I felt a detachment from all the characters. Sad thoughts of ‘If you loved me, you’d let me breath I think this is the kind of book that will resonate more with people who can relate to having the kind of parents who dismiss and push away the hopes and dreams of a child in order to load the child’s shoulders with their own hopes gjfted dreams, loudly protesting whenever the child voices even the quietest whimper of dissent.

He wanted to know if he could bu the margins of his summer homework by a quarter of an inch because his answers were running long. The book follows Rumi to Oxford at the age of 15, but seems to end rather abruptly with no clue of what her future life or choices will be.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani – Reading Guide – : Books

And he clearly adores her. Early in the book, when Rumi is only nimita, her teacher insists on visiting her parents at home to announce the exciting news that “Rumi is a gifted mathematician! It taught me that there are dreams that any girl would want to fulfill but there are always obstacles in your path to achieve what you want.

Most of my love of math as a child was quite simple and tricky really. Perhaps if I were taking my Post-Colonial LIterature class again, I could find a way to really sink my teeth into this novel. This was a really haunting story about a girl whose parents are from India, and how they push her to become a child prodigy in math. Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment.


Her weekends are “timetabled to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano.

Gifted Reader’s Guide

Rumi’s precocious talent enables her to begin an Oxford degree when only 15 years, three months and eight days old, and it is here that she finally begins to emerge from her parents’ shadow. I thought that was a very bold move. As her father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it.

Jan 13, Verna rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not saying that every girl shouldn’t listen to their parents, but every parent should also listen to their children and support them in what they want in life. The same life that the immigrant generation craved for and is deprived of, the next generation breathes and lives in She wa I read this book quickly but found myself thinly satisfied at the end.

I see many parents in my job and wonder are any of them pushing and cajoling their children this hard. Gifted, Nikita Lalwani’s debut novel is an effortless read. Feb 17, Agatha rated it really liked it.

Had to think about this book for a while before writing my review.

It was very well written. I can’t think of another reason. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Refresh and try again. May 16, Samiksha rated it liked it. That which makes it universal. I ended up putting it aside until I had a hard copy to read, which apparently took about four years. Her parents begin an intense regimen for their daughter with the ultimate goal for her to be the youngest student ever lalwnai go to Oxford University.


There was a problem adding your email address. Teens, Young Adults, anyone interested in Ethnic literature. Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen: However, children need more than being force fed curriculum.

The mother was the least sympathetic character in the story. Jul 09, Strawberry rated it really liked it.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

I am not sure if I liked the book but was intrigued by it. Very moving and emotive account of a young Indian girl in the UK who is hothoused to achieve academic greatness while at the same time cracking up under familial pressure while desperately just wanting to fit in with her peers.

Mahesh’s behavior seems to confirm the worst slurs about a “money-hungry immigrant, desperate to profit from his daughter’s ability. The only disappointment for me was the ending,which I didn’t think fit the characters.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing.

Having gone to Oxford to study medicine, how did you come to be a writer? However, I loved the ending and found the ending left closure.

I expected to like this book. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked Montessori’s philosophy hikita much. Dec 16, Kathryn rated it it was ok Shelves: Despite these criticisms, there was a lot about the book that made me think and question, and it was the kind of novel I really wish I had someone to discuss with, but it’s not exactly a NYT bestseller here, so I guess I’ll just have to wonder Did you feel any similar pressures growing up in Cardiff?

Published September 11th lalwai Random House first published Her gift for mathematics causes Rumi to often feel isolated from her fellow students.