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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The potential reconciliation suggested by her agreement to meet with her mother seemed gratuitous, though. 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 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. Also, the writing alternated between the present and past tense, for reasons that I could not understand.

Aug 19, Pages Buy. Did the Booker Jury recognize this book as something special because it was about Indians and not Caucasians? Gifted, Nikita Lalwani’s debut novel is an effortless read. A label that takes over her life, her thoughts and her family. 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.

She becomes a cumin-seed addict i must admit, i’ve never known one of those Her father, though, says that it’s not a “gift;” it’s simply hard work. We are experiencing technical difficulties.


The book felt disjointed, as if Lalwani was trying to cover too many bases. They were hardly shopkeepers.

Nikita Lalwani

It’s something to work for. Aug 12, Juhi rated it it was amazing. Her dad, a math professor, has helped her. For first-generation immigrants, whose own dreams and aspirations were often thwarted by the cold reality of racism, it represented the means by which their children would be able to deflect discrimination and do their parents proud. Rumi wants to be a normal teen, the one who loves to listen to music, like boys, etc.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. She taught that we gufted 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 their own speed.

The tragedy of child prodigies such as Sufiah and Rumi is that in pushing them towards education, their parents also pushed giftsd away from them. Unfortunately, I rather disagree with this assessment.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But when puberty strikes Rumi struggles with deciding to folow her dad’s dream of her being the youngest girl to go to a university or be with the one she likes.

I expected to like this book. The little girl and parental expectations. In one beautifully described nikiita that takes place on her first day at university, Rumi stares at herself in the mirror and begins to curse.

With parents who’ve controlled her to that extent up until then?

If you offend easily, as I suppose I do, I don’t really recommend it. As lalani father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. It taught me that there are dreams that any girl would want to fulfill but there are always obstacles in your path to achieve what you want.


Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

The struggle within the families leaves everyone broken and devastated. I liked it obviously, I gave it a solid 4 stars.

Having always found the “gifted” label laughably imprecise and vaguely eugenic, I was immediately in Mahesh’s camp, but what follows is the story of his disastrous attempt to make Rumi reach her potential. It was, as my tutor predicted then, the luckiest thing to happen to me.

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 a modicum of freedom.

She was entirely too confident for someone as socially unskilled as her character is. Apr 01, Gumble’s Yard rated it liked it Shelves: I admire the absurd and the extravagant and so Rushdie has been my most longstanding literary involvement.

Four years later, a teenage Rumi is at the center of an intense campaign by her parents to make her the youngest student ever to attend Oxford University, an effort that requires an unrelenting routine of study.