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. 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 . Gifted is the debut novel by author Nikita Lalwani longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. It was first published in.

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Aug 06, Carolin rated it really liked it.

Was she really gifted? Jul 09, Strawberry rated it really liked it. Would this have been the same book if Rumi was not from India? I ended up putting it aside until I had a hard copy to read, which apparently took about four years. Did you feel any similar pressures growing up in Cardiff?

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 they can unfold at nikia own speed.

Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it. Her thoughts and emotions are peppered with numbers and equations.

Somewhere somehow I had gleaned that this is a YA novel, which it certainly isn’t. They are still shocked and horrified that others including their daughter blame them for what happened and somehow that’s ok. 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 lalwan.

The characters are, without exception, cardboard cartoons the misplaced patriot father, the silently screaming mother, the oblivious younger brother, the Marxist academic, the lecherous cousin, the distant self-serving mentor, and the forbidden loveand the writing loses steam in the third act, in which teen Rumi is given nioita modicum of freedom.

Pulling different faces and adopting a variety of voices, she uses the foulest language she knows and does it out loud. Her sensitivity to the pressures felt by Indian immigrants calls to mind the work of such novelists as Zadie Smith and Monica Ali, writers who hear the humor amid the anxiety of integration.


Freedom by numbers

I think this is a good story. This book really provoked me in a lot of ways. Rumi, labeled gifted in kindergarten, becomes subject to the grim home teaching of her father, Mahesh, a professor of mathematics at the University of Swansea in Wales. Once she’s tasted freedom, and the potent possibilities of affection – from, of all things, a young Muslim boy – a showdown with her parents is inevitable.

He’s given her problem sets, explained how to concentrate and study, devoted himself to supporting her. 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 – from India, mixing in the society and rejected by it and striving to do super well.

So many teen have anxiety and depression today are parents or culture or both to blame. What was all that about? Bikita was way too boringly realistic.

The little girl and parental giftde. Mahesh’s behavior seems to confirm the worst slurs about a “money-hungry immigrant, desperate to profit from his daughter’s ability. Her dad, a math professor, has helped her.

Nikita Lalwani

Just the sheer drama of mental arithmetic—acrobatics with straightforward sums. Well done, too, is Rumi’s warm relationship with India. Deftly pondering the complexities and consequences that accompany the best intentions, Gifted explores just how far one person will push another, and how much can be endured, in the name of love.

Rumi’s parents are Indian immigrants, and their isolation from the society around them particularly giifted father’s almost neurotic mistrust and need to prove himself contribute to the tense atmosphere and obsession with academic success. Es una novela no muy complicada de leer, manera un vocabulario aceptable. Hours upon hours alone at the library, studying before dinner. Rumi’s character and internal life were flat and undeveloped; the author attempted but fell short of her target.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

This generation is very happy and also proud to fit in the society, until the next generation becomes an obvious factor. Feb 09, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Her only release from her anguish being lalwzni entirely odd addiction. Rumi and her family know only too well how they’re expected to act; the role of ambitious Indian immigrant is both applauded and mocked all around them.


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The same life that the immigrant generation craved nimita and is deprived of, the next generation breathes and lives in It was a chicken and egg situation though. It was very well written. Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, 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. Books by Nikita Lalwani.

As her father lalwanii ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots.

However, children need more than being force fed curriculum. The evident struggle of the attempt to bring them back to culture and roots by their families is aptly captured by the author. I realize that niikita disappointment with the novel stems from broken expectations. She is a mathematical genius. At age five, Rumi’s teacher informs her parents that she is unusually gifted in math, and her father sets her on a relentless perhaps even abusive pursuit of academic excellence– to the exclusion of any type of normal childhood.

If you want an insight into an Indian ‘immigrant’ family’s way of living, this is an enjoyable and frustrating Don’t know whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, so I guess I’ll settle on 3,5. About Gifted Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. Unfortunately, I rather disagree with this assessment.

In the library, when her father assumes she is studying equations, she is in fact reading fiction, her mind filled with longing and loneliness.