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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Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen: Her rigorous schedule reminded me of my study timetables, just that mine started in the 10th grade and her’s, when she gigted barely in the 1st grade. Her dad, a math professor, has helped her. At 10, Rumi is in advanced maths, and at 14, she sits for her A levels. The tragedy of child prodigies such as Sufiah and Rumi is that in pushing them towards education, their parents also pushed them away from them.

Lalwani does a nice job with the myriad cultural contradictions: And I got zero insight into the parents’ mind – they learn nothing from their experience.

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Her sensitivity to the pressures felt by Indian immigrants calls to mind the work of such novelists as Zadie Smith and Monica Ali, writers who hear the humor amid the anxiety of integration. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I was expecting something completely different from what the book was actually about. Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing.

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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. Gifted was a tad bit givted literary than what I’d been hoping for. Es una novela no muy complicada de leer, manera un vocabulario aceptable. Rumi wants to be a normal teen, nikota one who loves to listen to music, like boys, etc.

I found it a little difficult to get into but it should be a good discussion book for my library book group.

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. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in The pull of romance is also soon part of Rumi’s equation.

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.

Driven by his faith in hard work and self-determination, Mahesh could put any local Edline addict to shame. Mahesh is determined to distinguish himself and his family in their adoptive country. I wanted to read a more niiita, gossipy, scandalous thing where the parents get raked through the coals, arrests are made, the girl turns glfted a drug addict and gets pregnant, just more more more drama drama drama.

Mahesh is driven by ambition for his daughter and deludes himself that by immersing her in equations he can preserve her from the temptations of the outside world.


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She lives in London. Somewhere somehow I had gleaned that this is a YA novel, which it certainly isn’t. Lalwani doesn’t have characterization fully down, but the pain and confusion she presents are deeply felt.

And there was nothing that could be considered an active plot; character studies have a tendency to bore me. Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believes giifted strict discipline is the key to nurturing her genius if the family has any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country.

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A sorry and sad end as expected. So much so I thought she would commit suicide. Rumi finds some relief in two visits made to India where she feels kinship with her extended family and finds some commonality with the people there.

Only white people have sex. But there were scenes that were unnecessarily long and scenes that were 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.

Deftly pondering the complexities and consequences that accompany the best intentions, Gifted explores just how far one person will push another, and how much can be endured, in the name of love. The next generation, however cannot be shielded from an exposure to a new way of life.