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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But Rumi faces many pressures that causes her to do th This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi. Nov 16, Ron Charles rated it liked it.

The story of a mathematically talented young Indian girl who is growing up in Cardiff, Wales. I lslwani this for my contemporary multicultural British literature course, and the more we talked about the book, the more I appreciated it. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Such are the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country.

Since the age of five she has lived with the knowledge that she is gifted, a mathematics prodigy for whom the secret world of numbers offers a reassuring solidity amid the uncertainties that scar her childhood.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

The writing in Gifted is so interesting and subtle. The author did better getting inside the head of the parents of the main character, especially the mother. Lalwani’s evocation of teenage dislocation is pitch-perfect and she inhabits her heroine’s interior world with tender authority. But there were scenes that were unnecessarily long and scenes that nikota too short, scenes with too much description and scenes with so little that I had no idea where Rumi was or what she as doing.

Rumi is the first-born child of Indian immigrants in Cardiff, Wales. Unfortunately, I rather disagree with this assessment.

And there was nothing that could be considered an active plot; character studies have a tendency to bore me.

The book depicts the classic struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands. Her Indian family are avowedly and unashamedly aspiring: And why was she so surprised that he and his daughter could string numbers together with reasonable panache?


I found it to lack even a semblance of a sense of humor. If you offend easily, as I suppose I do, I don’t really recommend it. Her mother’s longings for her to pick up her heritage and become a wife in India was one of the many problems Rumika faces in this book.

Rumi longs to be in India, where lots of girls are good at math and where she feels at home among her extended family. The epilogue has a dream like quality to it, may have been better to end with Rumi jumping on giftex train rather than being told she ran away and asked to stay lzlwani from her parents for protection.

I wanted to read a more trashy, gossipy, scandalous thing where the parents get raked through the coals, arrests are made, the girl turns into a drug addict and gets pregnant, just more more more drama drama drama. Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it. Lalwani does a nice job with the myriad cultural contradictions: Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing.

Meanwhile, Shreene believes that no gift for maths, no love of stories will save her daughter from the life that all young Asian girls are expected to follow.

They were hardly shopkeepers. But when puberty strikes Rumi struggles with deciding to folow her dad’s dream of lalani being the youngest girl to go to a university or be with the one she likes. So many questions none answered.

Nikita Lalwani

Immigrant mentality whatever that is? But the author does a good job of humanizing everyone, including ignored little brother Nibu who I’d adopt in a second, he’s so cute! Was she really gifted? Rumi is a gifted child, nkiita her father, Mahesh, believe Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. Her Most of us gifyed quite aware of how old we are. I was looking forward to a story about a maths genius, but Rumi’s awkwardness merely engendered pity and not camaraderie or desired association.


Her only release from her anguish being an entirely odd addiction. This generation is very happy and also proud to fit in the society, until the next generation becomes an obvious factor. In both cases, also, I question the placing of the novel on the YA shelf– and I got each book from a different library! Jul 23, Christian rated it it was ok.

The greatest weakness is that Gifted is written in the wrong medium. Es una novela no muy complicada de leer, manera un vocabulario aceptable. She also enjoys play with her younger brother Nibu. But now that I’ve read it, I really loved it. This was a really haunting story about a girl whose parents are from India, and how they push her to become a child prodigy nikkita math.

Mahesh, Rumi’s laalwani, channels all his immigrant insecurities into making sure that Rumi is his proof to his adoptive country. Had to think about this book for a while before writing my review.

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

What might it look like if it were inflated to 2. But certainly not funny. The proof that his rigid belief’s are the right way to raise children. She endures moments of “sudden desolation” in this strange and judgmental place.

Gifted Reader’s Guide

I think Mahesh, Sherene and giftd gifted child, Rumi are all victims here. 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. Fascinating concept, but totally unfulfilling conclusion! If you know me, that’s one of the things I dislike most in a book! Rumika Vasi, the lslwani daughter of Shrene and Mahesh is trapped in the similar situation.

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