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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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. Her father, though, says that it’s not a “gift;” it’s simply hard work.

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Dec 13, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: Gifted by Nikita Lalwani. If you know me, that’s one of the things I dislike most in a book! I see many parents in my job and wonder are any of them pushing and cajoling their children this hard. Her rigorous schedule reminded me of my study timetables, just that mine started in the 10th grade and her’s, when she is barely in the 1st grade. 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 Kikita Lalwani.

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. I can’t think of another reason. There are no late realizations about being open to their daughter’s feelings or turning a new leaf and finally being together as a happy family.


And he clearly adores her. She’s not gotten used to the smugness of her white colleagues, the horrible food, the casual sex. It was very well written. Books by Nikita Lalwani. I admire the absurd and the extravagant and so Rushdie has been my most longstanding literary involvement.

What’s particularly interesting in G ifted is the way Lalwani forces her characters to contend with cultural stereotypes. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in They desperately try to grab i The book depicts the classic struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands.

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The mother was the least sympathetic character in the story. Aug 19, Pages. Refresh and try again. May 07, Patty rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book felt disjointed, as if Lalwani was trying to cover too many bases. Rumi and her family know only too well how they’re expected to act; the role of ambitious Indian immigrant is both applauded and mocked all around them. And it helped me assess my extreme 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.

Mahesh has nothing but his daughter’s best interests in mind, no matter how misguided his method. 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. They have to realize what they did wrong, be truly sorry and ready to make amends.

The next generation, however cannot be shielded from an exposure to a new way of life. Her dad, a math professor, has helped her. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


He becomes a “Tiger Dad” as he pushes her to get admitted to Oxford by the time she is It is something I associate with early childhood though. Return to Book Page. Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction. 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.

See all books by Nikita Lalwani. But as Rumi grows older, Lalwani strips the comedy away, and “the sodden misery of the whole thing” weighs on the novel more and laleani. She secretly resents her father’s “unbearable scrutiny on her life”, his ability to “descend into the Dark Ages at will”, and in desperation calls simply to hear another person’s voice.

And so he puts her through ,alwani Spartan mathematical training regimen that would put every Tiger Mother to shame, demonstrating the superiority of Hindu wisdom against Western decadence.

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Siri Hustvedt and Doris Lessing would be amongst the others. Mahesh’s behavior seems to confirm the worst slurs about a “money-hungry immigrant, desperate to profit from his daughter’s ability.

I felt sorry for many of the characters and just wanted to scream and tell them reason but obviously, they cannot listen. Gradually, however, as she grows older, she not lalwano begins to rebel more and more against their restrictions. When I read, I like to be involved with at least one character in the book.