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  • Title: Gifted
  • Author: Nikita Lalwani
  • ISBN: 9781400066483
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gifted
    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 she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability severely reduced by the lacy dress and thick woolen tights her father, and Indian migr , forces her to wear Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believeRumi 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 she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability severely reduced by the lacy dress and thick woolen tights her father, and Indian migr , forces her to wear Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believes that strict discipline is the key to nurturing her genius if the family has any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country 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 Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen her mind often drifts to potent distractions from music to love.Rumi s parents want nothing other than to give Rumi an exceptional life As her father outlines ever regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots 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.In her stunningly eloquent debut novel, Nikita Lalwani pits a parent s dream against a child s 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.Advance praise for Gifted A triumph fluid, original, clever, glitteringly vivid, funny All the conventional pieties and forms of Indian immigrant identity and trauma are so wittily preempted, and yet there s a sure grasp, at the serious core of the novel, of the deep reverberations of politics and history I couldn t bear it when it ended Tessa Hadley, author of The Master Bedroom This is an outstanding piece of writing rich, vivid, fluent, and well paced with a wonderful cast of well developed, engaging characters and a constantly surprising story line Gerard Woodward, author of A Curious Earth
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  • Nikita Lalwani

    NIKITA LALWANI was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff Her first novel, Gifted, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction Nikita was also shortlisted for the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year She lives in London.


  • 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 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.

  • Very moving and emotive account of a young Indian girl in the UK who is hothoused to achieve academic greatness while at the same time cracking up under familial pressure while desperately just wanting to fit in with her peers.

  • The day before school started this year, my wife received an e mail from a student enrolled in her English class He wanted to know if he could narrow the margins of his summer homework by a quarter of an inch because his answers were running long.Such are the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country As the well heeled and the big brained dive back into schoolwork this month, I wish they and especially their parents would take a break to read this arresting new novel by Kiki [...]

  • This debut novel by India born, Britain raised writer Nikita Lalwani takes an intriguing premise and plods with it to a disappointing end.Though unstated in her acknowledgements, the writer was obviously inspired by the true story of Sufiah Yusof, a mathematics prodigy who entered Oxford at the age of 12 in 1997, only to run away three years later, claiming she had been emotionally abused by her ambitious father.In the book, Rumi is the maths genius daughter of Indian immigrants who is coached b [...]

  • I could hardly stand this book It was nominated for the booker prize the longlist for 2007 , and that s why I read the thing I was expecting something completely different from what the book was actually about What was it supposed to be Control freak parents Immigrant mentality whatever that is A coming of age story It didn t satisfactorily resolve anything Rumi was well developed, but her character goes from being interesting to a total loser and I m not sure what kind of redemption was in stor [...]

  • The writing in Gifted is so interesting and subtle The only disappointment for me was the ending,which I didn t think fit the characters.

  • Perhaps 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 Where most of us look at the world and select words to describe it, she looks at patterns and ascribes numbers to it She then plays with the numbers if there are 10 of something and 9 of something, she asks herself, what are the odds that they intersect if placed on 5 different planes and have curved lines amongst them How mi [...]

  • I read this book quickly but found myself thinly satisfied at the end Rumi s character and internal life were flat and undeveloped the author attempted but fell short of her target I felt a detachment from all the characters I felt I was reading descriptions instead of internal experiences of consciousness In fact, it reminded me of a psychological case study rather than a story return return For a woman as sheltered as Rumi, the scenario with the Muslim college student rang false She was entire [...]

  • This was a really haunting story about a girl whose parents are from India, and how they push her to become a child prodigy in math It asks a lot of really important questions, such as, When is it appropriate to force a child to explore their talents, and when does this turn into abuse How important is it for a gifted child to have a normal childhood, versus seeing how far their talents will take them It brought up some painful memories from my childhood And it helped me assess my extreme ambiva [...]

  • I didn t get inside the head of the main character as much as I might have wished The author did better getting inside the head of the parents of the main character, especially the mother The main character is prodded and pushed, scheduled and organized, from the time she enters school by her parents As one might expect, the prodding and pushing has deleterious results.

  • The book depicts the classic struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands The immigrant generation is happy to embrace a new, better life in the new world and relish in its comforts This generation is very happy and also proud to fit in the society, until the next generation becomes an obvious factor.This is when,the immigrant generation now responsible parents want to have all of above without letting go of its roots far away in the home land They desperately try to grab its own [...]

  • Had to think about this book for a while before writing my review I am not sure if I liked the book but was intrigued by it Would this have been the same book if Rumi was not from India Did the author portray cultural life correctly that prides academics over a normal childhood Was she really gifted I see many parents in my job and wonder are any of them pushing and cajoling their children this hard So many teen have anxiety and depression today are parents or culture or both to blame So many q [...]

  • Don t know whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, so I guess I ll settle on 3,5 This book really provoked me in a lot of ways I felt sorry for many of the characters and just wanted to scream and tell them reason but obviously, they cannot listen I read this for my contemporary multicultural British literature course, and the we talked about the book, the I appreciated it If you want an insight into an Indian immigrant family s way of living, this is an enjoyable and frustrating read Definitely re [...]

  • The story of a mathematically talented young Indian girl who is growing up in Cardiff, Wales Her traditional Indian parents have a very strict study schedule for her to ensure that she fulfills her talent, and they dream of her becoming the youngest age 14 student ever to pass her O levels and then go onto Oxford University Gradually, however, as she grows older, she not surprisingly begins to rebel and against their restrictions A coming of age novel which also examines cultural differences t [...]

  • I think this is a good story It was very well written The only problem is I got really bored at the beginning and it took me longer to read because of that However, I loved the ending and found the ending left closure.

  • It was a great eye opener to see life through a gifted child I could not wait to finish the book As a parent and school district employee, I was constantly questioning my tactics in making the kids do their work.

  • I found it a little difficult to get into but it should be a good discussion book for my library book group An Indian academic immigrant to England has a daughter gifted in mathematics He becomes a Tiger Dad as he pushes her to get admitted to Oxford by the time she is 15.

  • Gifted, Nikita Lalwani s debut novel is an effortless read Nikita balances the strong immigrant theme and that of a child s angst at a time when the child is too young to even understand such emotions very naturally.Rumi is 5 when she is identified as a gifted mathematician A label that takes over her life, her thoughts and her family Mahesh, Rumi s father, channels all his immigrant insecurities into making sure that Rumi is his proof to his adoptive country The proof that his rigid belief s ar [...]

  • I think this is the kind of book that will resonate with people who can relate to having the kind of parents who dismiss and push away the hopes and dreams of a child in order to load the child s shoulders with their own hopes and dreams, loudly protesting whenever the child voices even the quietest whimper of dissent Angry bellowings of I m doing all of this because I love you you selfish pig can be heard nightly in homes like this Sad thoughts of If you loved me, you d let me breathe go unvoi [...]

  • om Publishers Weekly In this penetrating coming of age debut from London based Lalwani, 14 year old Rumika Vasi struggles to fulfill her mathematical gifts and her family s demands on them, while also finding friendship and romance Rumi, labeled gifted in kindergarten, becomes subject to the grim home teaching of her father, Mahesh, a professor of mathematics at the University of Swansea in Wales The goal to be accepted to Oxford by age 14 Shreene, Rumi s mother, resentfully accepts the househol [...]

  • Though young Rumi Vasi might be a Gifted mathematical genius in every other way she is a normal pre teen later teenage girl, in this first novel by Nikita Lalwani or at least she longs to be i ve often found this to be true of highly gifted people either they are longing for normalcy or they are lacking in emotional maturity for lack of it note i did NOT say ALL gifted people Rumi is the first born child of Indian immigrants in Cardiff, Wales When she is five she is identified by her teacher as [...]

  • A novel about a gifted girl with driven parents The pressure starts young, when Rumi is identified as gifted by her first teacher her parents response to this builds up from a suggestion that she join MENSA, into taking her A and O levels early, and eventually attending college Cambridge, even at 15 Rumi s life centers around constant studying, to the exclusion of all else, particularly any sort of normal social life or friends At one point she even drops out of high school entirely to devote al [...]

  • Fascinating concept, but totally unfulfilling conclusion At age five, Rumi s teacher informs her parents that she is unusually gifted in math, and her father sets her on a relentless perhaps even abusive pursuit of academic excellence to the exclusion of any type of normal childhood As the parent of an EXTREMELY intelligent toddler, I found Mr Vasi s choices to be exactly what I would FEAR doing to my son The book follows Rumi to Oxford at the age of 15, but seems to end rather abruptly with no [...]

  • Gifted recently received the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Chair of Judges said Gifted is a book of extraordinary range it is touching, tender, funny and at the same time truly compelling It covers the issues of duty and family loyalty, and the demands of an extraordinary talent, while holding at its heart the story of a young girl struggling with the agony of first love and her own, very particular, identity Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott w [...]

  • This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi 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 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 wants to be a normal teen, the one who loves to listen to music, like boys, etc But Rumi faces many pressures that causes her to do things [...]

  • The Perfect Clich Storm.Rumi, daughter of Indian immigrants in 1980s Wales, is a gifted child Not a prodigy, one who start publishing astrophysics papers at 12, but a merely gifted child who skips high school The trouble is, her father doesn t know, or care, what the difference is And so he puts her through a Spartan mathematical training regimen that would put every Tiger Mother to shame, demonstrating the superiority of Hindu wisdom against Western decadence Rumi, meanwhile, isn t allowed to d [...]

  • Odli na knjiga, zanimljiva tema, bogatstvo izra avanja rije ima i re enicama Kad je pro ita ostane pod dojmom i osjeti se bogat za jo jedno iskustvo u ivotu Ja je nisam do ivjela kao napad na jednu dr avu, narod, kulturu, kao to sam itala u nekim komentarima Autorica je samo prikazala preko onoga to je njoj blisko temu koja se mo e primjeniti na sve dr ave i kulture u svijetu brak, rad, disciplina, odricanje, odgoj djece, u ovom slu aju natprosje no nadarene djevoj ice i ambiciju roditelja koji [...]

  • With quite an uninspiring title and zero buzz around it, it wasn t likely that I d have picked this book up anytime soon But given that it s in this year s Booker long list whatever that s worth , and considering my growing fondness for Indian literature, I gave it a shot in the dark Having read it, I ll say the book scores heavily on originality But importantly, it possesses a rare emotional power that makes it both a heartbreaking and deeply affective read on several counts Also, it s quite a [...]

  • Rumi was 5 when her kindergarten teacher walked her home to tell her parents she had a gift for math.At age 10, she sees a news report about an 8 year old who s just done their math O level She could do that She wants to do that In fact, she s a little ticked that the 8 year old beat her to it.Her father grabs a hold of this dream and subjects Rumi to a rigorous study schedule All math, all the time Nights Weekends Math.Their goal, their dream, is to attend Oxford by age 15 Mahesh wants it for p [...]

  • 20009 bookcrossing journal I finished this over a week ago, but as we have been without the internet for kicking on three weeks grrr evil Internet supplier I haven t gotten around to journalling I enjoyed this book, although having read about so many immigrating to the UK USA children born abroad being different from the parents stories now, I don t know whether I am getting a bit of overkill on this theme I have to admit I really got going with this book part way through when she was a teenager [...]

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