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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Refresh and try again. In the end, the intense expectations of a family with everything to prove will be a combustible ingredient as an intelligent but naive girl is thrust into the adult world before she has time to grow up.

I felt a detachment from all the characters. Overall, people should read this book because everyone has the right to dream and everyone has the right to try to fulfill it. Her weekends are “timetabled to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano.

Freedom by numbers

I had read promising reviews and nikitaa premise sounded – and is – interesting. If you want an insight into an Indian ‘immigrant’ family’s way of living, this is an enjoyable and frustrating read. I really liked this book as a portrayal of the intensity and isolation of a child prodigy’s life, and how excelling at one thing often involves sacrificing all other parts of life. However, children lalani more than being force fed curriculum. I think they fed each other. Ho Gifed 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.


She was entirely too confident for someone as socially unskilled as her character is.

The generational clash between Rumi and her parents – captured with precision and empathy – derives from the fact that her ethnicity and her genius make her special and therefore she stands out, yet she wants to be gifhed like everyone else.

The main character is prodded and pushed, scheduled and organized, from the time she enters school by her parents.

Rumika Vasi, the gifted daughter of Shrene and Mahesh is trapped in the similar situation. Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction.

Lalwani has potential but needs to more fully develop her characters. We each had to dunk a hand in and take out a head and name the parts that were exposed in the section.

Gifted Reader’s Guide

But Rumi faces many pressures that causes her to do things that her parents could never think of. Her Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. Torn between pleasing her parents and nurturing her soul, she falls into a series of bizarre tics and self-destructive habits, signs of distress that someone would have noticed if everyone around her wasn’t so impressed by her mathematical prowess.

Jan 13, Verna rated it liked it Shelves: As her njkita outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. I thought this book was very inspirational. Such are the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country. Rumi experiences freedom there on many levels as a child—freedom from academic rigor and playground politics, but also a sense of place and belonging.


Gifted by Nikita Lalwani. Rumi is 10 years, two months, 13 days, two hours, 42 minutes nikiga six seconds old.

Nikita Lalwani – Wikipedia

Where most of us look at the world and select words to describe it, she looks at patterns and ascribes numbers to it. I was expecting something completely different from what laleani book was actually about. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in This generation is very happy and also proud to fit in the society, until the next generation becomes an obvious factor.

Also by Nikita Lalwani. In the library, when her father assumes she is studying equations, she is giftd fact reading fiction, her mind filled with longing and loneliness. Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment.

llawani 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.

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 giftde want. 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. The end is also left open without any conclusion

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