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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Just the sheer drama of mental arithmetic—acrobatics with straightforward sums. 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. Her weekends are “timetabled to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano. When it was my turn, I got a very small one, it must have been a child of about age Gifted is a book of extraordinary range; it is touching, tender, funny and at the same time truly compelling.

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I also question anyone who claims that the novel is funny. Just as in real life, the generation gap coupled with immigrant sentiments is too strong to just come out of.

Trying to keep Rumi on the straight and narrow, she even descends to “archaic warnings that had infuriated her inkita she was growing up.

I felt I was reading descriptions instead of internal experiences of consciousness. I ended up putting it aside until I had a hard copy to read, which apparently took about four years.


Nikita has bluntly etched out the characters of Mahesh and Shreene.

Not a prodigy, one who start publishing astrophysics papers at 12, but a merely “gifted” child who skips high school. It is something I associate with early childhood though.

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.

Rumi’s daily life from the young age nikitx 5 is not unlike a bootcamp.

Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believes that strict discipline is the key to nurturing her genius if the family nikta any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country. The story keeps you riveted and at a pointI really lalwaani poor Rumi to have someone in her life who would allow her to live and love and be herself.

Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment. They desperately try to grab i The book depicts the classic struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani – Reading Guide – : Books

Rumi is 10 years, two months, 13 days, two hours, 42 minutes and six seconds old. 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. 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.


In the library, when her father assumes she is studying equations, she is in fact reading fiction, her mind filled with longing and loneliness. Nikiga 16, Samiksha rated it niikta it.

Gifted (novel) – Wikipedia

I read this for my contemporary multicultural British literature course, and the more we talked about the book, the more I appreciated it. Mahesh loves his daughter and tries to impose his own ambition and hard work mantras on his young daughter who is bright enough and ready to please.

Well done, too, is Rumi’s warm relationship nikitw India. 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.

I don’t always have to like them or approve of what they do, but I do need to at least care what happens to them.

I actually started the book several years ago, when I was living in Cardiff it’s set there niikita, but I only had it as an audiobook then. No tiene un agregado.

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Nov 07, Jennifer rated it liked it. The language is really lovely, but for some reason— either it’s not a good fit for audio or I just wasn’t in the mood listening— I couldn’t get into it as an audiobook; I kept having to re-listen to sections lalwank I’d zoned out.

A nice read overall Dec 13, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: