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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Jul 23, Christian rated it it was ok. The day before school started this year, my wife received an e-mail from a student enrolled in her English class. Her Most of us are quite aware of how old we are.

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But Lalwani does a number of things extremely well here. But now that I’ve read it, I really loved it.

I’m not saying that every girl shouldn’t listen to their parents, but every parent should also listen to their children and support giftee in what they want in life. I felt I was reading descriptions instead of internal experiences of consciousness.

The struggle will ease only when this fact is accepted by the families and parents of these children. At one point she even drops out of high school entirely to devote all of her time to studying and preparing.

The ending felt like it had been amputated and a summary had be stapled onto the bleeding stump and honestly, I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that the last few pages never happened.

The themes are far more interesting to me as a parent than they would have been giftec me as a teen.

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. Perhaps if I were taking my Post-Colonial LIterature class again, I could find a way to really sink my teeth into this novel. She then plays with the numbers: 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.


Just the sheer drama of mental arithmetic—acrobatics with straightforward sums. Aug 22, Kkraemer rated it it was amazing. And yet, even though she can complete a Rubik’s Cube in She was entirely too confident for someone as socially unskilled as her character is. The epilogue has a dream like quality to it, may have been better to end with Rumi jumping on the train rather than being told she ran away and asked to stay away from her parents for protection.

I read this for my contemporary multicultural British literature course, and the more we talked about the book, the more I appreciated it. A coming of age story?

giftev A coming of age novel which also examines cultura The story of a mathematically talented young Indian girl who is growing up in Cardiff, Wales. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

And there was nothing that could be considered an active plot; character studies have a tendency to bore me. Well gfited, too, is Rumi’s warm relationship with India. The potential reconciliation suggested by her agreement to meet with her mother seemed gratuitous, though. A sorry and sad end as expected. I recently read Tokyo Stories by Rana Dasgupta which is so relevant, ruthless and yet utterly heartwarming.

GIFTED by Nikita Lalwani | Kirkus Reviews

Rumi takes her O Level around 12 and then stays off from school around to take her A-Level there seems no mention of other subjects? 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! They desperately try to grab its own culture in a foreign country so that the next generation does not turn into an ‘Angrez’ or ‘American’. Fascinating concept, but totally unfulfilling conclusion! This is the 2nd book this year by an author from the UK that I have just picked up off the YA shelf because it looked intriguing and found that kind of language.


Were it not for the occasional passage narrated from the perspective of Rumi’s parents, I would have truly despised them. Bj a trip to India, a Bollywood-handsome cousin flirts with giftde by night then, for fear of his own parents, ignores her by day.

As she crams for her college entrance exams—while a freshman in high school—Rumi, unbeknownst to her traditionalist parents, nurses some teenage crushes and accompanying heartaches.

Refresh and try again. As a parent and school district employee, I was constantly questioning my tactics in making the kids do their work. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

A novel about a gifted girl with driven parents. An emotionally tuned in but clueless mother,Shreene, who can see her child’s changing personality but is incapable of understanding why.


Gifed for More Great Reads? I read this book quickly but found myself thinly satisfied at the end. Lalwsni Hustvedt and Doris Lessing would be amongst the others. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Return to Book Page. Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliot Gifted recently received the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Chair of Judges said: But Rumi faces many pressures that causes her to do th This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi.

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I had read promising reviews and the premise sounded – and is – interesting. But despite their best efforts to step around these clich? In its broad contours, it echoes events in the real world, notably the story of Gfited Yusof, a maths prodigy who began her studies at Oxford when The book follows Rumi to Oxford at the age of 15, but seems to end rather abruptly Fascinating concept, but totally unfulfilling conclusion!