Sufiah’s story seems to have been the inspiration for Nikita Lalwani’s first novel, “ Gifted.” Here the driven father, Mahesh, is a mathematician. The over-arching theme of this first novel by Nikita Lalwani, who was born in India but raised in Wales, is about families and what they do to. 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 .

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I think the simplicity through all of this makes it a good book. What we call foreign is home for these new kids on the block. Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believe Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old.

Torn between pleasing her parents and nurturing her soul, she falls into a series of bizarre tics and self-destructive habits, signs of gifetd that someone would have noticed if everyone around her wasn’t so impressed by her mathematical prowess. As a child, she shoplifts sweets. Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen: This generation is very happy and also proud to fit in the society, until the next generation becomes an obvious factor.

GIFTED by Nikita Lalwani | Kirkus Reviews

Like most adolescents, Rumi is more interested in fitting in and preserving “her carefully arranged obscurity. The ending felt like it had been amputated and a summary had be stapled onto the bleeding stump and honestly, I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that the last few pages never happened.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The potential reconciliation suggested by her agreement to meet with her mother seemed gratuitous, though. And why was she so surprised that he and his daughter could string numbers together with reasonable panache?


Nov 07, Jennifer rated it liked it.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

And there was nothing that could be considered an active plot; character studies have a tendency to bore me. And it helped me assess my extreme ambivalence about forcing my own children to achieve their highest potential, because of emotional issues from my past.

Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it. Only white people have sex.

The story keeps you riveted and at a pointI really wanted poor Rumi to have someone in her life who would allow her to live and love and be herself.

Rumi wants to be a normal teen, the one who loves to listen to music, like boys, etc. The “gifted” label comes as no surprise to her father, Mahesh, a mathematician himself, while at the same time he feels insulted that anyone would expect anything less.

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. But now that I’ve read it, I really loved it. May 16, Samiksha rated it liked it. It was very well written. Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have gicted and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 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 This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi.

Gifted– the title grows more bitter with each chapter — describes the plight of Rumi, an Indian girl in Cardiff, Wales, whose life is systematically destroyed by the drive for academic success. Sad thoughts of ‘If you loved me, you’d let me breathe’ go unvoiced, also nightly. Hardcoverpages.


And I think the relationship dynamic between the husband and wife had such potential for the story but was neglected. I read this for my contemporary multicultural British literature course, and the more we talked about the book, the more I appreciated it. He dumps her the next time they meet after having discovered her age, but gofted parents in turn discover letters she has drafted to him.

An emotionally tuned in but clueless mother,Shreene, who can see her child’s changing personality but is incapable of understanding why. One morning he rises early and watches through a crack in the door as she sleeps, “feeling the claustrophobic muffle of a love he could not express.

Freedom by numbers

The end is also left open without any conclusion Nikitq mother Shreene feels ever more distanced from her daughter as Rumi is forced to study the prison-like regime reminding Shreene of a similar one enforced when the newly married couple first immigrated and the only way she can relate to her daughter is by repeating the trite Indian sayings that peppered her own upbringing and for which she finds llwani English translations.

She was entirely too confident for someone as socially unskilled as her character is. Such are the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country.

She cannot leave bt room except to use the restroom. He’s given her problem sets, explained how to concentrate and study, devoted himself to supporting her.