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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Which, by the by, is totally cool. 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. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Just nlkita in real life, the generation gap coupled with immigrant sentiments is too strong to just come out of.

I was very curious to read the book since it was long listed for the Booker Trying to keep Rumi on the straight and narrow, she even descends to “archaic warnings that had infuriated her when she was growing up.

I was looking forward to a story about a maths genius, but Rumi’s awkwardness merely engendered pity and not camaraderie or desired association. 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!

Return to Book Page. A novel about a gifted girl with driven parents. Somewhere somehow I had gleaned that this is a YA novel, which it certainly isn’t.

Read it Forward Read it first. As her father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. Most of my love of math as a child was quite simple and tricky really. The only problem is I got really bored at the beginning and it took me longer to read because of that. Perhaps because I am a teacher, this book raised issues I’d long thought about but never followed through to their reasonable end At age 5, Rumi is clearly thinking in math.


Rumi is the first-born child of Indian immigrants in Cardiff, Wales. Aug 22, Kkraemer rated it it was amazing. She’s supposedly gifted at Math – she enjoys it even. The little girl and parental expectations. 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. It didn’t satisfactorily resolve anything.


And I got zero insight into the parents’ mind – they learn nothing from their experience. Sherene resents being in Wales and softens the parenting though she is bewildered by the conflict between preserving the East and making one’s way in the West.

The book depicts the classic struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands. I was expecting something completely different from what the book was actually about. I admire the absurd and the extravagant and so Rushdie has been my most longstanding literary involvement.

There are no late realizations about being open to their daughter’s feelings or turning a new leaf and finally being together as a happy family. That doesn’t ring true. Teens, Young Bby, anyone interested in Ethnic literature.

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.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

Gifted is a book of extraordinary range; it is touching, tender, funny and at the same time truly compelling. It was painful to read how the girl’s father failed to do this.

She was entirely too confident for someone as socially unskilled as her character is. Gifted by Nikita Lalwani. In fact, it reminded me of a psychological case study rather than a story.


There was gratuitous use of Hindi with no translation except rarely through dialogue and it came to the point where I had to park at a Wikipedia page listing Indian foods so I could figure out what chapatis and numpkins were and that sometimes, her transliterations of these words did not match the internet’s.

It is this tension between competing versions of freedom that is explored in Nikita Lalwani’s charming rite-of-passage novel. Lalwani has potential but needs to more fully develop her characters.

Aug 19, Pages Buy. It’s something to work for. At Oxford, staying with a distant relative who acts as her driver and partial chaperone she has a romantic although unconsummated evening with a Muslim year old.

Rumi is 5 when she is identified as a gifted mathematician. I found this book uneven, but the raggedness with which the story unfolds is in some ways a perfect mirror for the way that this child’s life gradually goes further and further off course. I think this book was truly an outstanding book that shows the story of a girl trying to do her own thing rather than what her parents expect of her.

But Lalwani does a number of things extremely well here. She also enjoys play with her younger brother Nibu. And the voice of the “unreliable narrator”, who questions herself so deeply, was a good reminder about how children internalize abuse, and assume that every unpleasantness is their own fault.

Preview — Gifted by Nikita Lalwani. 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. You can find this and more reviews at http: